'Damsel in Distress Done Right': Lumino City's Familiar Narrative Uplifts a Young Brown Girl as She's Pitted Against Capitalism, Exploitative Labor, and Environmental Overuse
Lumino City, by indie developer State of Play, is a handcrafted puzzle adventure game that features a young brown girl who embarks on a journey to search for and save her kidnapped grandfather. The gameplay features a variety of puzzles that are clever and challenging, but fair.By handcrafted, they mean that everything in the game was made using paper, cardboard, and glue.
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"Like most games with damsel narratives, Lumino City is not a plot-centric game. The plot is kept simple and familiar while focus is placed on the gameplay and art. With thoughtful attention to detail and careful avoidance of the pitfalls of the damsel trope, we are presented with a heartwarming, fresh, and relatable world with characters who are lovable and dimensional. This simple, short narrative manages to coalesce themes of community solutions, environmental sustainability, and rebuilding hope while presenting an impressively solid anti-corporate stance."