Publisher Deck13 Spotlight has announced Lunistice, a 3D platformer boasting an art style inspired by SEGA Saturn games from the '90s. It will release on Switch on September 2nd, 2022.
Developed by A Grumpy Fox, the game's Steam page states that development of Lunistice initially started with a self-imposed 30-day limit to create a commercially viable game. This didn't work out, so the developer added a solid year on top of the 30 days.
It's also been pointed out that the game is likely to be a short experience, but judging from the first key feature below (you'll see), it seems this may be reflected in its eventual price.
Here's some info directly from the publisher:
Lunistice is a 3D platformer created with simple but fun gameplay and a cute PlayStation 1 / SEGA Saturn inspired art style in mind. Take the role of Hana the Tanuki and jump and fight through her dreams! What secrets await her on the moon—her final destination?
Lunistice features a retro look heavily inspired by early 90s 3D graphics with bouncy enemies and a fluffy heroine.
- Really affordable.
- Experience seven different dreams.
- Test your skills in the included Speedrun Mode and play as characters from other games.
- Enjoy the good vibes and retro aesthetics.
Does Lunistice sound like its up your alley? Are you done with "retro" styled games? Let us know with a comment.
Looks really cool!
Well if nothing else this one does seem to have a really strong artistic direction. I would say I'm intrigued.
Looks great, will definitely be looking out for this one.
Oh, it was out on the 9th of February already? I completely missed it.
Oh wait... you weird Americans...
Looks nice, but I got the feeling that Hana the Tanuki runs by herself and you just steer/jump, which I don't like honestly.
@Friendly Gets me everytime. Always worse when you're not entirely sure either.
Guess what dates I mean with the following:
Looks like the Torree games
“Really affordable.” and some good reviews means I’ll get it.
I love that games like this are still being made. Much has been said about how 3D games don't have the same retro appeal as 2D, but I welcome more lighthearted, non-marquee names into genre, which is far from dead for this nostalgic gamer.
Sold! Give it to me now!
Happy to see that there is a revival in 64-bit style games lately.
@nofriendo I love a good platformer, it's still one of my favorite genres. I cherish many 2d classics but I also love the more open ended gameplay, exploration and collecting that comes along with alot of 3D platformers.
@Scarko on one website it has the control buttons and there's attack, jump, sprint and then camera controls so I think it is an auto running game which would be a shame because I prefer playing games at my own pace.
Hm...I say the graphics are more close to PS1 than Sega Saturn. 3d Saturn games tend to be a tad more blocky. At least from the games I own like...Nights into dreams & Fighting Vipers.
I might have to hook-up my Saturn just to get my memory started.
@NinjaNicky I agree, exactly. Too bad.
Oh man, so many nice comments - thank you so much!
Well, it'll hopefully make you happy to know that Toree is a playable character in Speedrun Mode then
Don't worry, it's not an auto-running game at all
@AGrumpyFox Thanks for clarifying, will keep an eye out for this one
@AGrumpyFox so glad it's not auto run. 100% purchase for me
I dig the retro 3d gfx.
Love this art style! Indies should utilize this pixelated aesthetic for 3D games more often.
Did somebody say 3D platformer?
Looks pretty rad. Put it on a cartridge and I'd be super interested.
That's just how PSX/Saturn games look in my mind...
Looks cute. If it's cheap enough I'll definitely pick it up. Sometimes a short fun distinct game experience is just what I want rather than playing 1 game for 40 hours. I loved the Toree games for that reason-- they were good but not all that polished but given the insane low price and the short length, they were just some good valued fun.
Love the look of this, will be a day one buy for sure !
Absolutely love the visual style, quality 90s Saturn stuff. Such a change from the typical clean flash game visuals, which lack that certain charm most of the time.
@FishyS Toree was perfect for me in all the ways you mentioned. If this is anything like that, it's a "buy." Really liking the art style too!
Seems like a cutesy little throwback. I'll admit some curiosity, but it seems like it might be an auto-runner, which kinda makes me less curious. Also, if the music in the trailer up there is indicative of the sound for the final game... it's going to get REALLY annoying REALLY fast.
Still, I'll reserve judgement for now and wait and see. Who knows, it may be a worthwhile mini after all.
A few good things:
1. The music sounds like ape escape.
2. The gameplay and graphics look like Spyro PS1 era.
3. The game levels looks like Toree.
It's not an auto-runner at all, don't worry!
@Scarko Looks a bit to me like Sonic Heroes. Like there are some sections where you're barreled along at top speed and auto-steer takes place. For most of it though it looks like Crash Bandicoot-esque controls.
We need more "like-this" games.
@Chlocean I was surprised no one else mentioned the Sonic similarity. It's not the exactly the same, but I thought Sonic immediately.
We could always use more good games.
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