App Review: Lighteaters Is a Scary and Engaging Puzzle Game

App Review: Lighteaters Is a Scary and Engaging Puzzle Game

If you have kids that are seriously frightened of things that go bump in the night, maybe steer them towards Pokemon GO instead of LightEaters (or go grab Light Eaters for yourself). Light Eaters ($3.99) has a dash of the scariness in there that could frighten younglings into your room for the night (or several nights thereafter). The game idea was hatched on the crowd publishing platform BrightLocker. It's a campy platform puzzle game that excels in creating enough nervous tension to keep you tiptoeing to the next level.

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Light Eaters is a paid game that has a currency system (you get "Colas"), allowing you to buy your way along using cola as currency. Of course, you can just play more and earn power ups the good old-fashioned way as well. Power ups come in the form of things like teddy bears and little mice you find while traversing each room. Keys get you through locked doors. Ladders and lifts help you navigate across floors. On each level your character starts within pitch-dark surroundings, and a flashlight illuminates your way out. Monsters lurk in the floor and walls. You may find ready to pass out after so much sustained tension.

Your job in Light Eaters is to sneak or safely navigate past the monsters and get out. They are attracted to your light (and will pursue if they detect you), thus requiring you to douse it in order to safely get past the monsters. Overall, LightEaters is engagingly simple in execution. There are no over-the-top exploding effects or violence and each puzzle provides enough of a thinking challenge to entice you to continue before you are caught by a monster or freak out and, well, uh, keel over. Check out some of the action here.

If a normal run, jump, shoot (or whatever else you can do in a platform runner) is your thing, Light Eaters is not really your game. The control scheme requires gestures to move around correctly. You also use swipes to manipulate objects like ladders, which I wasn't entirely crazy about; but then, I'm a crusty old-school, hard-core gamer used to platform games from 10 to 30 years ago (like Castlevania), so what do I know? I could see this working better for a younger gamer who is not as set in the more traditional control modes.

Pros

  • Engaging, and a wee bit scary

Cons

  • None

Final  Verdict

Light Eaters is a delightful 2D platform puzzle game which works well. The scenes and artwork in the game give it a crafty little feel, and the puzzle aspect is also unique. You don't just blithely jump, run, shoot around in this game, but need to figure out how to cleverly use resources, and keep your wits to navigate to safety. I give it a major iPhoneLife stamp of approval!

 

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.