Lucidity is one of the latest XBox
Live titles to be released on this system that follows the
pragmatic and curious Sofi, a young girl who becomes drawn into
a dreamlike world. For Sofi, she holds the values of her
grandmother close and dear, however on this particular day, her
life is soon thrown into a magical world of chaos as she wakes
up with a firefly next to her bed.
Following this firefly, she
eventually ends up in a mysterious land and from there the player
must control the environment around Sofi in order for her to
collect fireflies and avoid the dangers that litter this magical
world. What a quirky sounding game and that's because Lucasarts
are behind it as Sofi attempts to listen to the soothing words
of grandmother and overcome her fear in order to return to her
At its heart, Lucidity is an arcade
puzzle game that is extremely reminiscent of Lemmings with a
touch of Tetris shapes thrown in for good measures. With 27
levels, it all starts quite easy, however as you progress,
things become more and more difficult. As Sofi
walks from left to right, up and down and wherever she has to
get, the player must carefully place objects in front of
her in order to avoid the perils and catch those fireflies.
Although these pieces are random, the game cleverly gives the
player the next piece of the "puzzle" in order to assist with
The cool thing about these objects
is that they range from a variety of different real-world
objects such as chairs and even fans to help blow Sofi across
chasms and the like. Thankfully our curious little girl is not a
marathon runner and in most levels, the player has enough time
to plan out their objects and although getting from left to right
is generally quite easy, when vertical challenges are thrown in,
it can become a little tricky, albeit in a good way.
Of course if you fail to get to
Sofi in time, she may end up in the that hole you have been
trying to avoid which is where the frustration comes into play.
To compound this situation, the game is addictively entertaining
and a hoot to play that features an engaging musical score and
some interesting and almost Tim Burton like graphics.
Graphically, the title is a well
designed game on the 360 which features strong gameplay and some
well impressive and clever gaming environments with great uses of colours,
shadows and lighting. Sofi is well animated and looks like
something out of Alice in Wonderland but it suits the genre
perfectly and she happily walks along, hoping that her gamer
will look out for her.
The only issue with that graphics
is that at times, the camera angles do become a little annoying
but then again, it seems the developers were trying to mimic the
title of this game... lucidity. The soundtrack of Lucidity is
quite ambient and when you inadvertently start humming, you've
been drawn into the game successfully. Match that with a variety
of sound effects and you have everything you need in a fun and
entertaining downloadable XBox Live game.
In conclusion, Lucidity is an
interesting game that tries to break the boundaries of gaming
and offers both casual and hardcore gamers something totally
different that not only proves quite fun but also quite
relaxing. With graphics to match, Lucidity is one of those titles
that pays homage to a totally different era of gaming but
successfully transfers and upgrades it to the 21st century.