Lorn’s Lure is an atmospheric vertigo-inducing first person platforming adventure where an android free-climbs through a vast mega-structure, following a mysterious glitch in its visual system.
Created by Rubeki (creator of Due and Kill the K.O.T.H.), in Lorn’s Lure you take on the role of an android who leaves his colony and follows a mysterious glitch which leads him to a vast gigantic mega-structure that has been completely hidden from his people’s knowledge. As you explore you’ll find out more about the structure and its mysterious lore. To do that you’ll have to climb your way through it though which is going to be tricky…
Lorn’s Lure is a very tough game that may lead to many a rage-quit, but it’s very rewarding if you put in the time to master it. It’s filled with challenging jumps and precarious platforms to perch on. The route through the structure isn’t highlighted either – occasionally your glitchy guide will show the way, but on the whole you’ll need to figure out the best route through it by yourself. This can lead to many fails, but it makes for a very immersive experience and there’s a real sense of accomplishment when you complete a particularly challenging area.
One big advantage you have on your epic journey are a couple of climbing picks that you can use to stab into many of the surfaces and climb. You can’t climb forever, but you can climb fast and can get quite a large distance before your stamina runs out. Also the fact that the platforming feels satisfyingly precise and restarts are instant helps alleviate some of the rage-quit factor.
The difficulty of Lorn’s Lure may mean that it’s not for everyone, but for anyone looking for a real challenge there’s a lot to like and speedrunners will have a lot of fun with it. It’s a fascinating experience clambering through its massive megastructure and the lore is very intriguing. There’s a real sense of vertigo as you scale its heights and there’s some jaw dropping brutalist architecture that makes you feel small and fragile in comparison. Highly recommended.