Flowing Lights Review (Xbox Series S)

Our Flowing Lights review shows off this Arcade Puzzle Shooter. Each fight is a puzzle. Attack and… Fail! …Think back… try again! Got it? Improve with each try, there is always a smarter way to win.

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Flowing Lights Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 364.2MB download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Puzzle Shmup gameplay.
  • Three difficulties – Easy, Normal, and hard.
  • Training options (make the game a bit easier) – Bumper and bullet time mode.
  • You can set the game to automatically retry a level if a certain rank hasn’t been achieved.
  • Can rebind controls and sensitivity sliders.
  • Full online leaderboards.
  • The game plays out where you navigate the terrain and have to avoid bullets and shoot the enemy. The levels are broken down into small zones and clearing one allows you to move on.
  • Cool Gimmick where your bullets follow the terrain and react like shooting angled shots or shots going up and over hills.
  • Instant restarts.
  • The puzzle part is working out the optimum route to kill all the enemies and how best to use the terrain for your shots.
  • Banging soundtrack.
  • Simple controls.
  • Saves after every zone.
  • Tutorial pop-ups before you play a zone.
  • New abilities and mechanics unlock as you play.
  • Gets very addictive.
  • Really unique game.
  • Shots- you have your standard Shmup bullets but then you have a more powerful bolt shot whereby you hold the button down and aim the shot then release to fire it.
  • Bullet hell aspect to it.
  • Combo counter.
  • With charged shots, you can see an aiming line to help.
  • Never played anything quite like it before.
  • Zones have ranks based on performance.
  • Can replay levels.
  • At any time you can bring up the menu and see a breakdown of your score by levels or the whole run of the game.
  • It’s a game all about learning patterns.

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Flowing Lights Review Cons:

  • Very difficult.
  • Has an obtuse way of telling you what to do.
  • Even using the training options make the game hard.
  • Takes a while to get used to the flow.
  • Outside of score-chasing, there is little incentive to S rank all the levels.
  • The sensitivity on the aiming is really twitchy even after tweaking the slider.

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Flowing Lights:

Official website.

Developer: gFaUmNe Inc

Publisher: gFaUmNe Inc

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Xbox

Nintendo Switch

Steam

 

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

Flowing Lights is a game like no other. Initially you think it just a cool-looking Shmup with a lot of bullet hell, but the truth is you would be wrong in thinking that. Flowing Lights is actually a puzzle game set within a Shmup world. You enter these zones within a level whereby you need to take out the enemy by shooting them but need to avoid projectiles and use the terrain. The terrain in fact is your biggest ally and biggest enemy for every shot that hits the terrain, will follow it so if it’s a slope your (and the enemies) shots will go up the curve and come down, hills will have them going up and over and so forth. All combined it makes Flowing Lights a really good game and a very unique one at that. It’s well polished, simple to play but has a multitude of layers that players of all skill can get something from it. I lost hours to it just zoning out and learning patterns. Overall Flowing Lights is a unique idea well executed and one of the best puzzle shmups on the market.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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