Game review by
Marcia Morgan, Common Sense Media
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Vibrant, endearingly relaxing adventure is pretty short.

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Positive Messages

Gathering energy can heal the heart of a planet.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lumini must cooperate, work together as a cohesive unit to accomplish their goals. 

Ease of Play

Controls easy enough for experienced gamers, bu no actual tutorial explanation. Using a gamepad/controller instead of keyboard improves ease of play.


Enemy creatures, plants attack, chase lumini, which are easily guided away from danger. Lumini emit a sad dying chirp when they perish, vanishing into a puff of red smoke. It's possible to avoid all enemies, resulting in a completely nonviolent experience.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lumini is a relaxing downloadable adventure game where players control the movement of charming fairy-like luminescent creatures in search of energy to heal the heart of their planet. The lumini encounter various hostile creatures and plants that shoot spikes or give chase but are easily avoided. Though the game is safe for younger children, the controls may prove too frustrating, especially since the game doesn't have a tutorial. Also, if players don't have a controller, it's much harder to direct the lumini around each level.

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What's it about?

LUMINI is a relaxing adventure game where players control a swarm of charming luminescent flying creatures on an adventure to heal the heart of their planet. The lumini are a long-forgotten race who awaken to find their once gentle planet has become a hostile environment. The lumini evolve into four colors -- purple, blue, red, and yellow -- with special abilities to help them harvest the energy needed to heal the planet and survive the threats of the planet around them.

Is it any good?

Lumini provides a captivatingly beautiful, seamless experience. As you move through the game, there are no time limits, dialogue, or objectives -- only one flowing, continuous journey. At first, one lumini emerges, and as more energy is gathered, others join in the swarm until it becomes a colorful flowing group of happily chattering, endearingly sweet creatures. Players will feel drawn to their plight and sad when one is lost to the variety of hostile creatures.

One of the major drawbacks is that you almost have to use a gamepad to avoid frustration with the controls. The swarm splits into two groups to solve some puzzles, requiring players to awkwardly try to use the WASD keys with one hand and arrow keys with the right. Using a gamepad instead of a keyboard provides a less frustrating experience. Also, with the game only taking a couple hours to complete, it may seem too short for some. But, after the first playthrough, a higher difficulty level unlocks. This gives players a good reason to go back, play again, and attempt to gather all the collectibles. Lumini is short, but the journey through the beautiful but strange alien planet makes it feel like the perfect amount of time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of teamwork. How do the luminis' different abilities work together to help them achieve goals?

  • Talk about loss. Did you have an emotional attachment to the lumini, and if so, how did you feel when one was lost?

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For kids who love adventure

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