Remember the ’90s? Leo certainly does, as he’s ready to take you on a trip to the distant past. All the way back to a time when 2D cinematic platformers were all the rage, the likes of Another World topping the charts, and it doesn’t take more than a glance at the trailer to find several similarities between that and LUNARK. Which is by no means a bad thing.
In a rather unusual twist, you won’t be playing as some superhero, freedom fighter, or such in LUNARK. Instead, the protagonist is a courier. Plain and simple. Oh, sure, Leo does have a mysterious past and unique abilities, but… okay, so maybe he is a bit of a superhero. Kind of. But really, anyone can run, jump, hang, climb, roll, and shoot their way through these pixellated environments. Perhaps not with as much grace and precision as Leo, although that’s beside the point. Oh, and his health and weapon can be upgraded for those exploratory types who are willing to search every nook and cranny. I still think he’s just a courier though.
Set on a distant planet ruled by a totalitarian regime, LUNARK is a modern take on the 2D cinematic platformer genre of the ’90s.
A courier on a mission involving the origin of humanity’s new home, as well as, of course, the mystery that is his own past, but a courier nonetheless. Traps, puzzles, enemy droids and a colourful and varied cast of characters who might not be what they at first seem. Something not entirely uncommon for a sci-fi tale such as this, but hey, at least you can totally pet both the dog and cat! And last but by no means least, at the risk of repeating myself… you really should check out that trailer. Especially if you’re even slightly fond of gloriously animated pixellated experiences.
LUNARK is available on Steam, Switch, PS4/PS5, and Xbox One/Series X|S.