Cute pals, silhouetted creatures, and falling down
I know when a man like Geoff Keighley stands on a stage such as the Summer Game Fest and talks about encouraging indie developers, he’s about to introduce a cinematic platformer. There is a formula here, right: an emotional narrative, stunning art, stunning cartoon — oh, wait. Planet Of Lana looks magnificent.
Here’s the two minute trailer, that sets the scene:
It’s Ori And The Limbo Of Unravel, but who cares. It is quite pretty. The match is using a mixture of hand-painted backdrops and 3D animation to create its appearance, and I’m especially fond of these skittering robots and big beastie from the header picture.
Planet Of Lana tells the story of Lana and also the little creature she meets in the trailer, known as Mui, as they venture out to rescue Lana’s sister. The dropships found from the trailer are a”faceless army”, presumably the spiderbots you’re then seen hiding from later from the footage.
The press release also mentions platforming, puzzles, stealth sequences, and a”companion mechanic” through that you use the abilities of Lana and Mui in tandem. It actually does seem like fairly normal stuff, but it is pretty, and it’s not like there’s a wealth of Inside and Little Nightmares and Ori games, so I’m lo