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Lorn's Lure is an atmospheric narrative first-person platformer with novel climb-anything mechanics and modernized retro 3D graphics.

Leaving his home colony while tracking a mysterious glitch, an android finds himself in the midst of a vast and dangerous structure, completely hidden from his people's knowledge. Unable to go back, he must keep going to find out where he is being led... And why he left in the first place.

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Updated 20 days ago
StatusIn development
Rating
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(28 total ratings)
AuthorRubeki
GenreAction, Adventure
Tags3D Platformer, Atmospheric, Difficult, Experimental, First-Person, Low-poly, Retro, Singleplayer
LinksSteam

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I downloaded MacOS build from  Steam. And there is no sound. I can't understand how to fix it.

I have Mac mini with Apple Silicon

I saw your same post on Steam - responded there

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That was really cool! I had a lot of fun playing!

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Super cool demo! Fixed a lot of my gripes with the climbing in Hatch, while delivering more of my favourite parts of Hatch - the section near the summit with all of the long jumps onto thin platforms that have you biting your nails - here delivered with way more crunch and weight to them.

I also think this makes a really cool speed game, as trying to go as fast as possible leads to more daring leaps and in some sections a great sense of flow when you're jumping between platforms and slopes at top speeds. That said, the sections where you have to climb directly upwards break this flow, as suddenly you're just holding up for a while without doing anything  (it's worth noting that in the first playthrough of a level, when I'm not playing for time, this is totally fine, I'm slowly looking around at the environment and planning carefully and so the slow pacing of climbing directly upwards feels right). I wonder this could be addressed by  making jumping and regrabbing equally as stamina-efficient as normal climbing, so that if you're going for speed you have that option which is a) slightly faster b) slightly more dangerous and c) means you're still actively doing something

I also think it would feel nice if stamina instantly recharged when you touched flat ground rather than having to wait for it. It feels realistic to need to wait for your stamina, but again it breaks that flow when you're trying to go fast. It also discourages leaping towards platforms at the end of a climb (because it uses more stamina so you have to wait longer) which is a shame because doing that feels really fun. The slow stamina recharge could still be used when sliding on slopes though because then you have the fun tension of not being sure if you'll get enough stamina back or not.

One other minor gripe was that not pushing off when looking below the waist and jumping from a wall feels unintuitive to me. I feel like I should be propelled forward in the direction I'm looking when I press space (maybe not if I'm looking directly  down though), and maybe dropping should be a different key like control or pressing left-click again. This could even lead to the slightly interesting decision between jumping down propels you so is slightly faster, but uses more stamina, whereas dropping is free.

Backseat game-designing aside, this was a really fun demo that shows a lot of promise, and I'm definitely going to wishlist the full game on steam.


p.s. I saw in the trailer that there looked to be some sort of grappling hook mechanic, which I'm very excited for. Grappling / swinging mechanics make literally every game better :)

Another random thought: it would be helpful if crystals that you've already collected turned grey / ghostly so that you know you've already collected to them - also makes it clearer that you don't necessarily have to collect them all in one run to unlock the sim mode, which I thought at first

I hear you on these items and am already thinking about solutions - since I've heard them  before!

  • Slow pace of climbing
  • Mark already collected crystals and scans
  • Faster stamina recharge

But regarding letting go, I will keep it as is - you'll probably get used to it over the length of the game :P

And grappling is only in the last level (and maybe a crystal level too).

I couldn't really fit it into the story without making traversal too easy, but demand was high so I had to have it lol.

I will likely release some custom maps later as well as DLC with more grappling.

Also planning a free level editor (but not on release), so you'll get more grappling and late-game mechanics to play with :)

Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback!

Incredible, can't wait :)

Also yeah having played a bit more since making my original post, I definitely did get used to the dropping vs jumping thing, and I think it does work well

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New demo is pretty cool, glitch ghost is now more thicc ->

This really has some simple but fun mechanics. I love having to do precision jumps and feeling a sense of accomplishment going down to get the picks.
At that point going up is a pretty cool move and the level design working down and upwards reflects the thought that was put into the level. My only gripe with the game so far is that the pick gameplay still feels a bit too sluggish for my taste. I loved the speed going down but moving up slowed things down considerably and I lost that momentum I built up, but that might be just me.
Overall an awesome experience definitely will buy the full version when it's out :)

Gotta say I really loved this concept/demo. I know it's more of a climbing game but as a fan of parkour in general I absolutely loved this. Also I really apricate the fact that you can turn the Ui off to have a more immersive experience as well as a difficult 1 haha. Cool game & I can't wait to see the full version of it. 

Great game with addictive gameplay. I really liked the idea and implementation.

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this looks really cool, but I was wondering if I will be able to play on mac OSs after Catalina?

I don't see why not...

Is the Mac version not working for you now?

i haven’t tried downloading it from here, but the steam page warns that it isn’t comparable with post Catalina OSs and I couldn’t find anything specific here if it would or wouldn’t, though I might just not know where to look. Thanks

Oh really? I wan't aware of this at all, they approved all the builds...

I'll figure out how to test that when the OS is out. Thanks for the heads up

when what OS is out? Catalina was 10.15, the current one is already past that. The issue that might be present is that that was the last MacOS to have a 32-bit processing, the ones after that are all only 64-bit, I believe, I’m not much of a computer guy. I’ve got a bunch of other games that I got before I updated and am no longer able to play because of that. 

Actually, sorry, I typed all that up and then I decided to try and testing the download, the one on steam, and despite the warning it does work, so I’m leaving what I typed up because it might be relevant at least at least just something you might wanna think about. This is the first game at least that I tested though that was able to play despite that warning. I am very excited and hope I can run it at a reasonable level of smoothness

Ah ok - I am not up to speed with Mac Oses!

The build should work for either 32 or 64bit Mac OS, so that warning on Steam maybe is just in case?

Anyway thanks for testing

Great!

Great one, loved the challanges and scene buildup

Very well done feel of atmosphere and scale, the parkour is doable and fun. ->

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Amazing game! Cannot wait for full version!


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really good game, is awesome how the player has to find the way on his own. 

i got a problem with the spawns, some spots need a spawn cause is too long.

that was the only problem with this game.

Thanks for playing, and leaving feedback!

And yeah I agree, some spawn spots need optimization

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i loved this! can't wait for the full game!!

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Interesting pre-release. I like the main aesthetic and the mood. The visual reminds me of another game - Paratropic. The main gameplay is good enough, but I hope that you planned to do more than a simple platformer game. The player controller is efficient, but it requires at first some skill. After a while, I could manage all movements without any problem. I don't understand how to use ice axes. Overall, a good alpha project which needs some improvements and better gameplay. I stay tuned ++

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This demo was a lot of fun and very ambitious, I felt incredibly bad for sleeping on it for oh so long but the wait was definitely worth it. Was the first game of the second Demo Disc I played, and was a fantastic introduction. 

I loved the game so much! One of my favorites so far 

Really cool game. I enjoyed climbing around. Looking forward to playing and recording my playthrough of the FULL version! Cool stuff. Please give my video a like if you enjoy it. Thanks! 

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I really enjoyed DUE, so when I saw this game in the HPS1 2021 demo disc I knew I was in for a good time. Love the feeling of absolute isolation and the climbing mechanics are seriously satisfying. It's the first game I play in this video!

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I love megastructures ✨✨and everything connected with them😜😜, manga blame 💕💕😎👌samosbor naissance 😈😈 🤘

Infinite blocks💗💗 meaningless corridors👕🙇🤤

Usually I wander, this is my hobby 😹😹, I rummage for the top architecture 💗brutalism, minimalism🍀, functionalism🐈

If you are not an organic form of life, you are not a top and you do not fumble, then do not write to me ✋✋

so true so true

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This is so good! I love how open everything is and you have to pick the best path to get somewhere and learn from your own mistakes! I can't wait to play more of this!! 

Glad you enjoyed!

Just FYI, the version separate from the HPS1 demo is longer.

So if you download from this page, or from Steam, it's much lengthier :)

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Ooooooh that's interesting!! Thanks for letting me know!!

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An incredibly fun and outright addicting climbing puzzle game. The mechanics of the climbing are simple, but oh so satisfying to use. Downright one of the most fun games over on the Demo Disc. I really, really cannot wait for the full release. 

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Replay for the Haunted PS1 Demo Disc - Still buying Lorn's Lure when it drops 

No Commentary Haunted PS1 Demo Disc Playlist 

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This game is incredibly fun and can be treated like a puzzle game which has multiple solutions per level. The simple mechanics of the game are fun enough that when I beat the demo I went back in just to see what I could get on top of and jump down onto. The only limits in the game are ones that serve to make the game more fun.

One thing I would like to see from this game is more encouragement to start jumping while climbing. I think horizontal movement while climbing should be further limited so you have to make more leaps where you have to jump to move horizontally then latch onto the wall again, but the current system is still just fine how it is.

the game is really interesting and fun but after the part where you encounter the glitch it becames unnecessary difficult. 

first example: there is a point where you can go down on some small tubes just to find that there is nothing there and you have to go back up jumping on some red cristals or something. the grap on the cristals more of the time will get you on top but just after, it will let you fall.

second example: exagonal tubes and sliding parts. the shape of the exagonal tubes makes it difficult to lend on them and impossible to grab on them. while the sliding parts are just difficult in a bad way, in my opinion.

wonderful game but those few things got me to quit playing. I lost so much time in some points that become frustrating and unpleasant

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Here are some tips that I found helped me with the difficulty spike:

Even if the surface is not climable, you can purposefully come just short of the jump and your picks will pull you up

When landing and you don't want to slide, quickly hit shift/walk as you land and your sliding distance will be decreased by a lot. For the red crystals and the hexagon pipes this trick is really useful.

For the sliding, you have to jump a little bit further up the pipe than you want to so you can slide a bit and keep the momentum.

is the alpha demo diffrent than the old demo?

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Will this be on Itch too?

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Yes :)

Awesome!

My gameplay here

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The demo was amazing! I finished it and then restarted to try and get all of the blue glitches.

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the demo's cool as hell! i loved the atmosphere and how monstrously huge the whole location felt, excited for the full release!

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That was a great game really. I have nothing much to say but... MY BUTTCHEEKS IS CLENCHED UP UNTIL THE VERY END OF THE GAME! lol. but for real this is like parkour to the next level.

p.s game starts at 00:18

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VERY COOL GAME WAITING FOR THE FULL VERSION

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Extremely cool game, really enjoyed the atmosphere, platforming mechanics, and gamefeel in this demo. Excited to see more :D

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Also I wishlisted the game :)

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I'm working on a Youtube video right now(I'll embed when its out). I didn't manage to finish the game in one video because it was too long, I did enjoy most of what I played though. It had a nice touch of exploration that kill the K.O.T.H didn't have, as in that game you just went up.  There was a few parts that I found frustrating, and I feel like part of that was just my skill level, but a few more checkpoints would've been nice. Overall though it felt like a lot like a full version of due, which is a really good thing. 

Awesome! Can't wait for the upload :)

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Yeah, it sure has been a while since you last uploaded a game! This game reminds me so much of Kill The K.O.T.H. and I really appreciate the references to your previous games hidden in the map.

The game has great graphics for it art-style good audio, though nothing out of the ordinary. What really stands out and seems like an extension of Kill The K.O.T.H. is the map. The map is massive, and leaves so much room for exploration! And best of all, this exploration is rewarded in multiple ways, either by story exposition, simulation refreshing or in-game upgrades! For that I applaud you! I dot think the crystals resetting your simulation count is maybe a bit to much, as it means it does not matter if you get the first 6, if you just collect the last one. Perhaps, if not already implemented, collecting all crystals unlocks a secret room, a secret story, a skin, an upgrade or something along those lines.

The gameplay and game mechanics were really good too. I think they work fine, and that the issues I have were just a lack of skill, as I got better and better over time. Though, collecting that crystal at the top of the pipe was incredibly hard, and somewhat immersive ruining. I believe it took me around 500 attempts haha! I am just glad that you restart at progressions points and not all over.

But all things considered, this game was awesome, and has so much potential! It will definitely be getting a Wishlist on steam from me! Looking forward to the release and your future projects!

-BH

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A very challenging, but rewarding demo! I definitely recommend checking it out!

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YEAHHHHHH, I JUST DOWNLOADED, I AM A FAN SIN K.O.T.H, I wasn't sure if you were gonna make a better game than KOTH but you delivered as you promised. thank you so much!!!!!

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Glad you loved it so much! Stay tuned for more!

I am not ready, I have already spent 14 dollars on a game