LUNA: The Shadow Dust is a gorgeous hand animated point and click puzzle adventure that takes you on a magical wordless journey through a dormant enchanted world awaiting illumination.
Previously featured on Alpha Beta Gamer back in 2016 when it was in pre-Alpha, LUNA: The Shadow Dust is now gearing up for a release this Summer. The recently released demo build features around 20 minutes of gameplay, all played out with beautiful 12 frames per second frame-by-frame hand animation, a dreamy haunting soundtrack and without a single word spoken.
The gameplay in LUNA: The Shadow Dust is a little like Machinarium and Samorost, rather than the traditional Lucasarts style point and click adventure. You don’t have an inventory to worry about and each room (or two linked rooms) is usually a self-contained puzzle where you need to interact with the environment in different ways to allow you to progress. You can switch between control of the young boy and his cute little dog-like companion at any time, with you often requiring them to work together in inventive ways to progress.
It’s a wonderful experience discovering the secrets of LUNA’s magical hand drawn world. It’s like stepping into Studio Ghibli movie. It feels like a magical place where anything could happen and adventures await behind every closed door. Highly recommended.