We are Luminawesome Games, a small team of four core members based in Vancouver, Canada, and we are super excited to announce that our 3D puzzle platformer, Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles† is squishing, bopping and bouncing its way onto Xbox One today! To make Lumote has been a real labor of love. It is without a doubt our passion project. We’re extremely proud to see what started as an Unreal Global Game Jam-winning project is finally launching on the Xbox Store!
The game takes place in the Great Depths, a vast water world filled with luminescent creatures known as ‘Motes’ who spend their lives deep in the bioverse, living to the rhythms of the electronic soundscape. In the game, you play as Lumote, a cute, soft, bio-luminescent creature on a mission to overthrow the Mastermote. To do this, you must descend through a sprawling maze-like series of platforms and take control of the world’s inhabitants in your quest to seize control.
As you can see from the images here, the game is full of vibrant neon colors and has an inviting relaxed atmosphere (and soundtrack), and we hope it will provide gamers with some pretty clever color-based puzzles to navigate!
So let’s dive into the bioverse and take a closer look at some of the key features found in it Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles†
Complex and evolving puzzles
The gameplay revolves around solving a series of self-contained puzzle rooms, increasing in complexity with each Mote you encounter. Once you’ve completed your first playthrough, players can switch roles and take on an even more complex series of puzzles, such as the Mastermote!
Possession is the core mechanism in the game, referring to Lumote’s ability to control the world’s inhabitants to solve puzzles. This allows Lumote to really interact with the world around it.
Each Mote has a unique set of skills that players can continually discover as they progress through the game. Early on, players will encounter the ‘Dumbat’, a bizarre little block that powers every other Mote it rests on. Combining this with the friendly sea slug-like creature, the ‘Hover Mover’, players can transport ‘Dumbat’ wherever they want to complete the puzzle.
We like to think of the Motes as cute, luminescent “tools” to help Lumote take over the world and overthrow the mighty Mastermote!
In the game, players will squish, bop and bounce through the world around them. Lumote is extremely curious, very eager to learn and cute! You might start the game for the puzzles, but we hope you stay for the super cute Lumote, who we wanted to show an emotional connection to players through non-verbal expressions.
The Greatest Depths
The Great Depths is a single massive environment with over 50 puzzles separated by towers. Each of these towers marks the mastery of a specific Mote and unlocks a whole new set of puzzles to explore. There are no loading screens. Instead, the world is specially designed using our custom engine – an original engine built from the ground up for Lumote – so players can stand anywhere and see all the progress they’ve made and everything they still have to do.
Within this world we have purposely created a contrast between the ominous darkness surrounding each level and the luminous blue and red trails. Anything that glows is of great importance, and the vibrancy of the environment matches the level of importance something has in the puzzle itself. This, accompanied by the audio design, enhances the organic, yet cybernetic feel of the aquatic, bioluminescent world Lumote resides in.
We encourage players to stop at any point within Lumoteand take in everything around it – it’s such a visually appealing, very immersive world, which we hope players can enjoy purely, and maybe even some inspiration, from.
In the greatest depths is the unlikeliest, cutest hero! Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles is available today on the Xbox Store.
Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles
Seafoam Moocher Squish, bop and bounce through the world around you. Lumote is extremely curious, very eager to learn and cute! You might start the game for the puzzles, but you’ll stay for the more than adorable Lumote, who manages to create an emotional bond with players through non-verbal expressions! The Greatest Depths The world in which Lumote lives is a single, vast environment with numerous puzzles divided into towers. Each tower marks your mastery of a specific Mote and unlocks a new set of puzzles to explore as you descend, deeper into the Great Depths. After mastering all the motifs from the first world, players will be put to the test in a masterclass, taking control of the Mastermote in another world! Complex and Evolving Puzzles Set in a 3D world full of puzzles and adventure, the clever and logical level design simplifies players into the role of Lumote and his connection to the world, while the complexity increases with each Mote you encounter. The whole world and every puzzle is visible at all times. Electronica Sounds A stunning score accompanies you on a majestic electronica journey, while The Great Depths communicates through music to inform you of key moments and Lumote’s emotional states. rEngine Using the original rEngine, Lumote’s puzzles are all interconnected and you can move seamlessly from one puzzle to another as you progress with no loading times. As you travel through The Great Depths you can look down and see what’s left to do and look up and see all the progress you’ve made in soundscape, in one epic journey! Photo mode View the world of Lumote through the photo mode. Find the perfect angle and share online while Lumote poses for the camera!