Lux is a first person puzzle game. The game is set in a steam punk/futuristic universe. An unknown force is consuming all light sources throughout this universe. Light has therefore become a commodity, and light-hunters scour the galaxies to collect what little light they can find, for both trade and survival. The player wields 'Tulip' a light-manipulation device. This can reflect, absorb, mix and emit light with a varying degree of focus. Reflecting allows the player to alter the angle and intensity of the light beam. Absorbing allows the player to store two colours in Tulip and discharge these colours of light. The player can also mix the colours, for example if Tulip absorbs Blue and Green light, the player can mix these two creating Cyan light which can then be discharged. This device is used in the completion of puzzles which progressively become more complex. Take on the role of a light bounty- hunter who sets out to discover the reason for the light’s disappearance....

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A mock up video of potential additional puzzle mechanics

Posted by Toblerone on Feb 2nd, 2009

Here is a mock up video of a puzzle utilising the future 'shadow' mechanic, whereby in certain special locations and circumstances, shadows adopt a physicalised nature.


Shadow Puzzle from Toby Everett on Vimeo.

In this video the player is represented by the green stick figure and the puzzle mechanic, in this case, is demonstrated using an elaborate two stage 'zelda esque' block pushing puzzle.

A modified version of this puzzle, along with other puzzles based around physicalised shadows may be implemented in the future.

Let us know what you think :)

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Noesis_Interactive
Noesis_Interactive Feb 2 2009, 5:50pm says:

sweeeet!

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Xyrom
Xyrom Feb 2 2009, 6:04pm says:

nice

so i was thinking that blending colors and reflecting light would get boring but now i see the full possibilities with light

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BunnyJen Creator
BunnyJen Feb 2 2009, 6:21pm replied:

Yeah we have lots of interesting puzzles and we don't want to give too much away but we hoped, just as you said, that this would demonstrate that there are many possibilities with the idea and we hope to be able to implement a wide variety of interesting puzzles.

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Toblerone Author
Toblerone Feb 2 2009, 6:52pm replied:

in truth the prototype shows very little of the true design potential of Lux. The negative light mechanic, for example, shown briefly in the demo has many other unique uses as a stand alone mechanic and integrated with others.

This vid shows a further mechanic, not in the prototype, and one possible use for it, but there are a plethora of other potential mechanics and uses in the 'design ether', some crazy, others plausible ;)

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Midnitte
Midnitte Feb 2 2009, 8:03pm replied:

Great puzzle ideas, I wonder if the developers would be interested in adding combat, different light to hurt different enemies. Looking forward to your next releases!

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Toblerone Author
Toblerone Feb 2 2009, 8:37pm replied:

It has been considered :)

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 2 2009, 6:17pm says:

I like the idea but there's one problem I see. In this mockup you use a 3rd person camera but in the current demo you use the 1st person camera. now in 3rd person you can get a good idea of how your interaction with the pieces on the ground influence the shadow of the tooth wheel. the problem is that in the 1st person camera you lack this overview since you need to push the object around ( which requires you looking at the object or where you want it to push ) while though keeping track of what the shadow does on the far away wall.

In fact this 1st person camera got in the way already in the demo. I would suggest evaluating once in a calm hour the possibility of dropping the 1st person camera and insisting on a 3rd person one ( not a chase camera but one similar to what you have here ). It would help a lot to avoid people getting confused by the rather limited 1st person camera system.

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Toblerone Author
Toblerone Feb 2 2009, 6:29pm replied:

The camera placement in the mock up video is purely to show the puzzle mechanics, it wouldn't necessarily be the angle in game. However for certain sections, such as the block pushing section, there may well be a different camera angle to aid the player.

In what way do you think 1st person perspective inhibited the play experience in the current demo?

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Dragonlord
Dragonlord Feb 3 2009, 5:42am replied:

The main problem is with the light reflection system. If you try to reflect the light from a light source into a given direction the result is not what you expect. There is a certain disconnection between the place you stand and where the light reflects to. It makes it very hard to guess where the light ends up and thus where you have to stand to solve the puzzle.

In this scenario here this would mean that it is difficult to guess where the shadow falls onto a wall. I based my observations on comparing the game flow of the demo with the one from the mockup. I have the feeling of more control and overview in the mockup than in the demo.

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freedomorfire
freedomorfire Feb 2 2009, 6:44pm says:

grats on making front page again you guys! :)

and i LOVE the shadow puzzle! :)

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Bird_of_Prey
Bird_of_Prey Feb 2 2009, 7:18pm says:

Great idea! Really like the concept. More types of puzzles will be mores welcome.

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spellman23
spellman23 Feb 2 2009, 9:49pm says:

whoa. This game blows my mind, and in a good way.

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BadgerDeluxe
BadgerDeluxe Feb 2 2009, 10:05pm says:

WOW, if you incorporate that into the game, that would be fantastic!

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Feb 2 2009, 11:13pm says:

Getting that to work in game would be quite a feat indeed, I hope you do succeed cause that would be amazing!

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet Feb 3 2009, 12:04am says:

Yeah, the little men from Darwinia are in the mod? NO? lol... I really like the idea of using a shadow as a physical object. It shows you guys are really thinking outside of the cog on this game...

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mikejkelley
mikejkelley Feb 3 2009, 2:33am says:

cool!

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dave_5430
dave_5430 Feb 3 2009, 10:39am says:

Wow, that actually looks really cool and incredibly creative.

Although I'm pretty sure it's been done before by some Point-and-click adventure, nobody's done it in realtime gameplay (Hah!)

Uhm... yeah, you are teh awesomest and stuff.

Keep posting.

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Robots!
Robots! Feb 8 2009, 10:19pm says:

you, my good man(woman?) are a genius!

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daleluck1313
daleluck1313 Mar 18 2009, 4:11pm says:

Wow, this has honestly made me interested in this game. Before I thought it was just going to be colour-oriented, but it's good to see you're using all aspects of light in this game.

Looking forward to it :)

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timstro59
timstro59 Apr 8 2010, 5:50pm says:

it is a horrible thing top think that a game with such potential would die.

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