Australian Council on Children and the Media

Lumino City - State of Play Games

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Lumino City is an educational puzzle game which requires advanced strategic thinking skills and complex problem-solving skills. Players will interact with Lumi by guiding her through the city manipulating puzzles and using critical reasoning to get her to her Grandfather.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Lumino City was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 10 June 2019.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Lumino City
Developed by: State of Play Games
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: Whilst violent themes are not present within the app, the complexity of the tasks within the games are suggested for children 10 and over.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Lumino City contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

The game was played over several days.

App description

Lumino City is an entertainment puzzle game centred on exploring the city. The protagonist is a young lady named Lumi - whose mission is to embark on an adventure to save her Grandfather who has just been kidnapped. He is the caretaker of Lumino City, and to find him, you must guide Lumi through exploring the city to figure out mechanisms that power the Lumino World. Lumino City is well known for its one of a kind visuals, the developer built the featured environments by hand and its appealing graphics which entice children and keep them engaged. The app acts as an interactive storybook, where players complete puzzles to move through the city.

Reviewers comments

Whilst Lumino City may provide children with educational value, the game is quite hard. Developer recommends this app for children 4+, however it is suggested that some of the tasks that players are presented with are not likely to be achievable for a child of that age. There are minimal instructions for the game, and therefore players are left to their own accord to some extent, making it quite difficult to complete some of the tasks. Parents should be aware that whilst the age recommendation is safe with regards to violence etc, younger children would struggle to finish these tricky problems and may feel a sense of frustration as a result. In addition, Lumi is presented with a few situations where she has to sneak past guards, or trick other people in the game to get to her grandfather, these may present as moral conflicts for children, as they may begin to think doing this is right in every situation.

In App purchasing

There is no In-App purchasing in this game.

Online information

There is some online connectivity, such as:

  • A button on the homepage automatically takes players to the App Store, where they can download another app ‘The Making of Lumino City’. Whilst this app is free, it is very easily downloaded.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

There is no advertising or product placement in this game.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted.

Coarse language

None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Please see reviewers comments above.

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