As a fan of both classic adventure titles and games with a unique sense of time and place, Lamplight City is an easy layup for me in some regards. That said, it also makes some choices I could see people going either way with. If what you’re seeking places the emphasis on more traditional point-and-click adventure play, the approach the developers took probably won’t have as much appeal, as it tends to be more straightforward with its approach though what puzzles it does have can be satisfying. If instead what you’re looking for are some engrossing characters and cases that will suck you in and sometimes force you to make tough choices, some of which will lead down quite different paths and to different outcomes, then it’s quite a bit more interesting. While it doesn’t necessarily add greatly to the overall experience I’m a bit fascinated by the effort taken to have somewhat dynamic lighting appear on the pixel art characters, consistent with the title’s name. Mix that with ongoing connection to your former partner and trying to work out the mystery surrounding his demise and it all comes together to provide an appreciated sense of depth. If you don’t mind the less “gamey” focus here, and enjoy the process of working through a case, this game’s approach has some appeal.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]