For a moment Lumen The first trailer absolutely surprised me. Between all the bug shooting and rock explosion particle effects, this is a simple physics-based lava river that seems to be the biggest threat. It drips into every tunnel you dig and overflows every moat you build.
Lumencraft developer 2Dynamic Games describes it as a top-down shooting game with tower defense elements (such as a turret) to resist a large number of underground bugs. You are the last hope for mankind to obtain precious lumen minerals, which have stored enough energy to avoid extinction. Like all McGoffins, you are not the only one who pursues Lumen minerals, and you are not the only one willing to fight for it.
In what I can only describe as “not your dad’s digging”, the gameplay lets you drill in a dark cave system to search for resources or enemies, as well as some impressive detailed physics. As you drill, tunnel walls will form around you, the same satisfaction you get from strong cleaning or collapsing towers in Teardown.I also remembered Noita, also based on physics, Where each pixel is simulated and influenced by the element. Throw a grenade, and its explosive radius will cut everything into an almost perfect circle, but the ensuing destruction also means that the remaining rock wall is weak enough to collapse under the heat of the lava on the other side.
The lava starts to flow and quickly approaches you. It seems that your options are very limited: use your drill bit to dig a moat or a new tunnel, hoping to move it far, far away. Environmental destruction also plays a role in building and defending the base, allowing you to pass through the base’s own walls to create choke points. The ending of the trailer shows the player evading the blow of a giant cave troll-like creature. Whenever the troll waved its arm, it would take away a large cave and instantly change the battlefield.
2Dynamic Games stated that they drew inspiration from similar top-down action games such as Alien Breed and Darkwood.Helping 2Dynamic in the production is Star Drifters, another Polish studio that has some experience in top-down shooting games through their game Dangerous Scavenger.
Lumencraft will release an early access version sometime in the “coming months”, but the full version aims to add a skill upgrade system through non-linear missions, more biomes, and different map types. good news? You can experience Lumencraft in advance when the demo version is released as part of Steam Next Fest on October 1st.