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Lumen (2020) (lumen.) is a puzzle game about manipulating mirrors and lenses to get beams of light to reveal images telling the story of the inventor's life. It's a simple concept, but as the levels get more challenging and more obstacles appear, logic and problem-solving skills quickly become essential. The rewarding puzzles paired with the unique story make for a unique game.

You discover an old attic in the Scottish highlands that belonged to a brilliant inventor named Olivia McLumen, who hid all her secrets in special boxes. These boxes need beams of light to hit specific areas for them to reveal their secrets. You guide the beams by angling mirrors in the boxes to reflect the light beam around, avoiding obstacles, hitting lenses and stars, and revealing the photographs hidden within.

While it's a simple concept, the levels quickly get difficult with the addition of more obstacles, forcing you to think deeply and analytically about the path your beam needs to take. With over 100 levels, there's always a challenge that's suitable for players of all abilities and past gaming experiences.

The result is a tough challenge that lets you take your time to work through the puzzle at hand and features a unique narrative delivery method and an engaging story to tie it all together. Solving a challenging level after deep thought, perseverance, and experimentation is always hugely rewarding.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Lumen 21 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Narrative game with Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Rated 4+ on the Apple App Store.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Some of the levels are very tough and require both patience and good problem-solving skills.


Lumen usually costs £3.99 to £4.79.


Steam Store PC £3.99
Steam Store PC £4.79
App Store iOS Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Apple TV Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Mac Subscription Free

Apple Arcade


App Store iOS Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Mac Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/12/2020

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Developer: Lykke Studios (@LykkeStudios)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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