State of Play brings us another gorgeous puzzle adventure game crafted lovingly out of cardboard and paper called Lumino City. In this sequel to Lume, you play as heroine Lumi, who is about to have a chat with her grandfather. But he's abducted as she's making tea! Who would want to kidnap the town handyman? It's up to you to find out as you set out to traverse the city looking for him. Climb all around town to solve puzzles, fix machines, and help townspeople as you search for anyone with information on where your grandad might be. Along the way, you will explore a wonderful mechanical city, and learn some interesting things about the town and your grandpa. In the scuffle he dropped a book, his handyman reference guide, which will end up coming in very useful on your journey.
Just tap where you want to walk or examine. Tap on Lumi to open the inventory. Here you can access your grandpa's book (all 900 pages--don't worry, it's easy to rifle through), as well as anything else useful you may have picked up along the way. To use an item, tap and hold, then drag the item where you want to use it. Sometimes your grandfather's book is essential to solving the task at hand. Other times it will just give you a push in the right direction, while on occasion it will just give you the answer you're looking for out right. It says right in the front of the manual to only use in emergencies, and that is what I would recommend as well. For the most challenging experience, look up the pages corresponding to the area you are in only if you can't figure something out yourself, though it is nice to know you've got a hint book at hand. The puzzles generally make sense, and vary in difficutly over the course of the game, and interacting with the people you meet on your way is always a treat.
The handmade three dimensional world of Lumino City is absolutely amazing to look at. Every screen is beautiful and just draws you in to the world and makes you wish you could physically explore it yourself. At times, the unique perspective of the game can make it difficult to tell where you can tap to explore different areas. While sometimes there are arrows pointing the way, other times you have to click on that out of focus ladder in the background in order to climb, so be aware of that if you are feeling stuck. The sound is varied with catchy tunes and appropriate mechanical noises. You won't be disappointed as you guide the fearless Lumi around the great heights of the city while you get to the bottom of the mysterious kidnapping.