Have you ever played a new game that feels totally energized while simultaneously striking a nerve of nostalgia? A new game just released but opens up some memories of old titles you haven’t played in years?
This is what happened to me when I tried Lucky Luna, a new mobile game that has pushed me out of my usual comfort zone. It’s the newest game available through Netflix, and while I never thought I’d ever touch the streaming service’s games, I’m glad I tried it out. To my surprise, it took me back to the days of some of the more innovative Nintendo DS titles.
I have a great selection of game genres that I enjoy: action games, JRPGs, and platform classics. After not venturing out of my domain for a while, I started getting hungry for something new. Then I saw Lucky Luna during the Netflix game ad block From GameSpot’s first annual Swipe Mobile Showcase. It’s a platform game that takes the usual gameplay philosophy of the genre and puts it on its head with a stunt that looks straight out of the DSi and WiiWare era.
Lucky Luna has some sidecrolling platformer elements, but it’s mostly built around vertical exploration. As I venture into caves, I swipe left and right to move my character through a maze of platforms and mine shafts. I have been given the optional tasks of collecting rocks that basically act as coins, finding secret tiles, and getting past levels as fast as I can. In addition to clearing levels normally, I tried to get a 100% completion rate on all of his levels.
This all comes together to create a platform game that feels like a cross between them backman And the Wario Land. It’s a simple, intuitively controlled experience that immediately attracted me as I tried to improve my theatrical paths. But there’s an extra twist to this vertical platformer game: you can’t jump.
This simple omission is what gives the mobile game its unique flavor. Instead of jumping, you have to trample the enemies of the Goomba and use environmental elements such as water hydrants to make jumps or slow your fall. It’s a simple concept, yet fully packaged in a way that kept me coming back for more as I was driven to beat each challenge with the best score possible.
While the unique hooks make it stand out mobile gameprivate beauticians spoke to me. Lucky Luna It is a highly stylized game using detailed artwork of sprites. Everything has a cute, neon, smooth appearance, which creates an excellent atmosphere for our mysterious heroine, Luna, to explore while finding her memories.
Lucky Luna It looks like a game from a more experimental era – one that takes me back to the time when companies were tackling smaller versions, releasing them on early digital storefronts like Xbox Arcade, DSiWare and WiiWare Stores. If this is the direction Netflix is moving in — bringing that era of hidden gem curiosity back to mobile devices — I may have to pay more attention to the games available with my subscription, rather than just using it to rewatch One Piece.
Lucky Luna Now available on iOS and Android devices if you have a Netflix subscription.