developer: Tunnel Vision Games
publisher: Aspyr Media, Inc.
Game mode: single player
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Lightmatter is a puzzle game developed by independent Danish studio Tunnel Vision Games. The production, inspired by Portal and The Talos Principle, was born as a free student project entitled See You On The Other Side, which not only quickly gained publicity among gamers, but also received an award for the most innovative game at the Casual Connect conference in 2012. As a result of its hidden potential, six of its creators decided to start their own business and transform it into a commercial position.
The action of Lightmatter takes place in an alternative reality in which Lightmatter Technologies has managed to develop photon technology as an extremely efficient and renewable energy source. During the game we play the hero invited to its first presentation. As it turns out, the shadows in which the company headquarters is bathed are deadly, absorbing all organic matter. Our protégé is sentenced to fight for survival and to listen to the comments of Virgil, the head of Lightmatter Technologies, who observes him.
In Lightmatter the action was shown from the first person perspective (FPP). As it is the case with the Portal series, we solve more and more complicated logical and environmental puzzles. Brain teasers can be used to illuminate a specific part of a location or to move a photon beam from A to B (for example, to activate a selected device). It is worth remembering to avoid contact with an underexposed surface, as it will result in immediate death; however, shadows can be jumped over.
The graphic design of Lightmatter may be pleased. Developers decided to use cel-shading technique and limited colours, thanks to which the whole thing can be associated with Frank Miller's comic books. It is worth mentioning separately that Virgil was given the voice of David Bateson, known for his role as Agent 47 in the Hitman series.
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core i3-4170 3.7 GHz / AMD A8-7600 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon R9 270 or better, 6 GB HDD, Windows 10