Indie Art Spotlight | LUNA The Shadow Dust
LUNA The Shadow Dust is a visually striking game, that much is obvious. While playing, I paused often to snap screenshots thinking how beautiful some of them would look as a desktop wallpaper. Dozens upon dozens of screenshots later, I found myself in a bit of a predicament, unable to decide which one to use. I love all of them too much to pick a favorite.
It got me thinking about how we seek out new video games to play. Along with things like gameplay, story, and our own familiarity with a property, we have a tendency to select things that speak to us from a visual standpoint. In this new IndieObscura feature, I want to take a step back from lengthy, multi-page articles for a moment to show off indies in a slightly different way.
I know that people don’t always have the time to sit and read about a game, or even watch a Let’s Play video. With the Indie Art Spotlight, I want to offer you a way to get a feel for new indie games in a quick and easy way.
This week, I’m showcasing LUNA The Shadow Dust. All you have to do is scroll through the images and take them all in. Let them speak to you the way they spoke to me.
At the bottom of the page I have links that show where you can buy the game in order to support the talented indie developers at Lantern Studio. Now, with that out of the way, here are some of my favorite screenshots from LUNA The Shadow Dust!
Note: I found some of these screenshots from other Steam users as I felt they captured certain scenes from LUNA The Shadow Dust better than I did.
The opening of LUNA The Shadow Dust is both somber and introspective.
LUNA The Shadow Dust was developed by Lantern Studio.
Gameplay primarily consists of puzzles that you need to solve in order to progress forward to the next room, with each room as striking as the last.
In a way, LUNA The Shadow Dust almost feels like you're exploring a children’s storybook.
Every area has something that immediately pulls your attention, like the staind glass window shown here.
The game also features these adorable cat-like critters and I really, really want buy a stuffed animal replica of one. They're so cute!
Outside of cozy inner corridors, LUNA The Shadow Dust offers some dreamy sequences like the lunar stage above.
Here's another view of the lunar stage in LUNA The Shadow Dust.
The game is free of dialogue or text, with areas backed instead by a gorgeous soundtrack composed by Wang Qian.
LUNA The Shadow Dust doesn't hold your hand when it comes to solving puzzles. It trusts you enough to explore and figure them out for yourself.
Not everything is as it appears, though.
The journey in LUNA The Shadow Dust is an emotional one full of heartwarming moments like this one.
LUNA The Shadow Dust features superb character design. Even without the use of dialogue, the game has no trouble whatsoever in conveying each character's unique personality.
The movement you see in LUNA The Shadow Dust is all a product of detailed, hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animation courtesy of Beidi Guo.
All of the items in LUNA, like the large instrument at the center of the music room, were crafted with detail and functionality in mind.
You'll also find some adorable sketch art in LUNA like the image seen above. It offers a distinct contrast to the rest of the game, making it even more effective.
Piecing everything together, I feel like LUNA The Shadow Dust boasts some of the best art design out of all the indie games to have released thus far in 2020. It's just that good.
Unsure whether LUNA The Shadow Dust is really the right game for you? There’s also a free demo on Steam that offers an extremely generous look at what the game is all about!