Lyra’s Dream Review: Style over substance
- Name: Lyra’s Dream
- Developer: Black Box Team LLC
- Genre: Platformer, Vertical Platformer
- Price: Free, with ads and IAPs
- Installed size: 69 mb
- Best played in short bursts
- Some bugs present
- Playable Offline: Yes
What is Lyra’s Dream?
Lyra’s Dream is a vertical platformer where the goal is to drop down as far as possible without dying. As players drop down they need to pick up orbs power-ups, avoid falling off of the screen, and dodge various hazards. Unlike many vertical platformers, hitting a hazard is not an instant death, you instead lose HP. You control Lyra by moving left or right to fall off your current platform to the next. As you get further down you go through different levels, with their own twists and gameplay mechanics. So while platform locations are procedurally generated, there is a bit of variation that isn’t random. During your descent, some of the orbs you pick up go towards unlocking one of many different costumes for Lyra, called dreams, which not only change her appearance but also her stats.
- Levels: 40 procedurally generated stages
- 16 different costumes to collect
- Stamina system: No
- Multiplayer: No
- Social features: Leaderboards
- Graphics quality: Good
- Audio quality: Good
- Audio recommended: No
- UI quality: Good
- Overall presentation: Good
Lyra’s Dream’s presentation is quite good, but the physics fall a bit short of what you need for a successful vertical platformer. Platforms are positioned in a way that really misses the mark sometimes, with some platforms being almost right on top of each other, and in some cases being side by side blocking off one path of escape. That’s sometimes the downside of procedurally generated levels, and it certainly hurts this game. That being said, while this game certainly has flaws, it’s not bad. The problem that it faces is that there are just better games out there in the same genre, including recent releases Puddi Jump and Blobout. However, it does have a different aesthetic than most similar games, and that may be enough to warrant a download for some. So try it out, perhaps you might not find the physics and the level layout to be quite as big of an issue.