Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lilly Looking Through Demo Review AND FULL GAME GIVEAWAY!

Lilly Looking Through is pure innocence and whimsy in game form, where every click, every short video of action is purely delightful.

It takes only seconds to see the heart of this cute adventure. Lilly is standing there staring at a frog. When you click on it, she does a little hop. The frog turns away and she does a couple frog-hops toward him. Soon after the frog hops away, perhaps just as she would have followed in suit, a red scarf blows by. Unless it were a Scarf of Awesomeness +4 in any other game, this would mean absolutely nothing, but for Lilly it's enough to go on an adventure!



The graphics fit perfectly with the spirit of the game, the ever-adorable Lilly exploring a gorgeous little town. She prances, jumps about, climbs, flails to try to climb a small hill and slides down it as she fails. The best way I can explain it would be if you turned Myst or Riven into an interactive children's book that's irresistible for adults as well.

Just because it features a cute little girl and overflows with childlike playfulness doesn't mean it's boring or easy though; even with a help button that highlights exactly what you can interact with, many puzzles still require true thought to overcome. The second screen, for example, has a puzzle where Lilly must cross a pond, and it takes interaction with two different levers and a button to succeed.

Teeter teeter teeter on the plank!
Rarely have I been able to say that I've enjoyed messing up in a game. The puzzle I just mentioned, for example - as you get off of the big button (a step up) she has to climb up the step to return, while any normal adult would simply step. If she tries to hop on the bubbles before she can cross, she simply bounces right back like the cutest cartoon girl ever. She even looks around at things in marvel as she stands still, as if she's trying to figure it out herself. While the puzzle took me about 10 minutes to accomplish, I never felt like I was just randomly clicking, I was actually solving a puzzle. Once I solved it, I think I was more excited than Lilly herself was!

It's here that the "Looking Through" from the title comes into play - wearing the goggles allows Lilly to essentially travel through time, letting her see things (presumably) the way they were before everything started to get old and deteriorated. You can see exactly what I mean in the image below; this is the same screen as the one above while wearing the goggles! The following screen incorporates the goggles beautifully, requiring you to go back and forth while messing about.

This is the SAME location as the image above when wearing the goggles!
I HIGHLY suggest you play a demo of it today! It'll likely be the best hour or two of your day.

The Giveaway

The game is set to release on November 1st, and when it comes out THREE LUCKY PEOPLE will win a copy of the game on either GOG or Steam (winner's choice!). To enter, simply complete the giveaway form below. Liking Lilly Looking Through is the only necessary entry, the others are entirely optional but will give you a better chance at winning! Winners will be announced November 1st when the game is given out. Good luck!


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12 comments:

  1. My favorite thing about the demo was the animation style, its quite timeless

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  2. Wow, I was playing through the demo just thinking about how beautiful the areas are, i'm not sure on the character models not being in the same style but it does make it much easier to see where you are! It looked interesting, something i'll definately pick up even though it's not my style of game, i'm intriuged to see how the goggles are used in the later puzzles! that is a great thing to have, can't wait to see what else is waiting for me to find.

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  3. I love the animation it is so beautiful! I also love how easy it is to find your character in the game.

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  4. The fav part of the demo is also the animation! So cool!

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  5. good animation and bright colors are always a winner for me. The story is also interesting.

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  6. Awesome game.My kids would love this :)

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  7. Very good animation and graphics.. Kids will surely love this!

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  8. My favorite thing about the demo its wonderful animation & graphics

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  9. my favorite part is the great graphics and animation as well :D

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  10. The characters are really beautifully drawn and animated. It'll definitely appeal to my child. Can't wait to play it with her!

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  11. Great animation! kudos to the developers! :-)

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  12. The graphics and animations are amazing!

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