an enthusiastic student, in her quest to excel in her scholastic
endeavours, stumbles upon the island of Geos in her boat. On Geos
live the friendly wooden denizens called Constructs ruled by their
overbearing overlords, the spirits. The unfriendliest of the
spirits is the Mayor who tries to convince Lili, in not too subtle
terms, to leave the island. Being the pesky, curious girl that she
is, Lili refuses and goes about trying to destroy all spirits and
hence freeing the Constructs. And that is where you come in.
first task in the game is to help Lili collect flowers scattered
around the island for her school project. You also get to talk to
different constructs and soon the ultimate objective of the game is
apparent - to destroy the spirits and the Mayor. Spirits can be
destroyed by chasing them around the island, jumping onto their
backs and picking flowers from the top. Also sprouting up from
their backs are thorny plants (that should be avoided) and bombs
that must be plucked before they explode. After picking enough
flowers, the spirit is defeated and retreats to the netherworld.
Defeating the spirit also unlocks a short, wacky, amusing biography.
There are several spirits in each zone but there are only a few
zones, making Lili a very short game.
us say that the graphics using the Unreal engine are pretty sweet.
The world is rendered beautifully and is reminiscent of Traverse
Town in Kingdom Hearts with its numerous buildings, long promenades
and its high-ceiling rooms. The whole game though is based around a
minigame. And unfortunately, that is where the gameplay starts and
ends and that is where Lili fails.
are some loose RPG elements where you are able to increase your
attributes by buying different items with the flowers that you pick
but that does not save this game. Even though it is a beautifully
told story, gorgeously rendered, some may say harshly it is just a
glorified mini-game. Unfortunately, they may be right. It is a
well-implemented game but is let down by shallow gameplay and short
longevity. Even so, for the less picky of us, there is fun to be
had here so could be suitable for younger players.