Light is something you don’t always think about in videogames, and yet it’s one of the core ways that developers can train your eye. Light shows us where to go, it highlights important objects, and it can create an atmosphere in simple and striking ways.
So it’s sort of nice to see light taking centre stage in Where Shadows Slumber. It’s a game that uses light as its core mechanic, making you literally and figuratively look at its digital world in new ways.
There are a few niggles here and there, but for the most part this is a brilliant and engaging puzzler with some shocking and beautiful moments.
You light up my life
After a brief introduction, the game gives you a special lantern, then tasks you with trying to get through a series of obstacles. The light from the lantern changes these objects in different ways, and you need to work out how to create bridges where there are none.