Right off the bat the first thing I noticed about Luna-The Shadow Dust was how visually interesting it is, it reminds me of Adventure Time with the soul of a Miyazaki film. That’s what I got from the (painfully) short demo version available anyway, and so far Luna looks to be a very promising game.
Luna is made by independent company Lantern Studios, and is (yet another) KickStarter funded project. The aim of the game is to solve puzzles in a mysterious tower, whilst simultaneously figuring out your own identity due to a crippling case of amnesia.
Even though it looks like the makers are Adventure Time and Miyazaki fans, they told LoadScreen their main inspiration comes from a 90s clay animation point and click game by Dreamworks called The Neverhood and games from Czech developers Amanita, like Machinarium and the Samorost series.
As Lantern Studios told us, the general idea of Luna is that it’s a point and click adventure puzzle game with frame by frame hand drawn animation and original music. The hand drawn aspect clearly looks to be a defining point this early on, but we’ll have to wait for the final product to see how this one goes.
Since Lantern Studios have reached their funding goal on Kickstarter, this project should start moving forward soon. It has also been greenlit by the Steam community, so valve have reached out and begun negotiating for it to be available on Steam upon release.
If you wanted to learn more about this game, and maybe check out the demo, then go ahead and click on this link.