Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac, iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome. Here is one cool enough to keep you busy during this weekend.
Kumo Lumo (Free, universal) is a spinning world based game where you are in charge of a rather heroic little cloud named Kumo Lumo with aspirations to save the planet from alien invaders.
To control Kumo Lumo, you have three navigation choices when you start playing. The first is to spin the world beneath the sky backward and forward, then touch and drag the cloud around the visible sky. The second is to use a virtual joystick to drive the cloud anywhere in the visible sky as well as around the world. The third is to enable tilt control. Back-and-forth moves you up and down in the sky while side-to-side will rotate you around th planet. I found the joystick method had a noticible speed advantage over the touch-based spinner method, but the spinning method will give you a bit more control. The tilt control is best utilized on the iPhone when using AirPlay mirroring with an Apple TV.
In Kumo Lumo’s world, the forests emit tiny clouds of moisture that Kumo Lumo can gather up when depleted of all his rain. In return, Kumo Lumo rains down on the forests in order to make them grow. The larger the forests grow, the more moisture clouds are produced. And the more moisture clouds there are, the more rain Kumo Lumo can pour down onto the forests. It is this simple balance between the forest and Kumo Lumo that keeps the panet happy.
As with many a utopia, things do not remain this peaceful forever. Soon the planet is overrun with alien invaders intent on burning down all of the forests. Surprisingly, the same rain showers that help the forests grow kill the fire-starting invaders. And that is where the strategy of the game begins. Use can your water to help grow more forests that in turn will produce more vapor clouds for you to consume, or you can drown the invading aliens and prevent them from starting the fires that threaten the forests’ very existence. Once a forest is on fire, you can of course put the fire out, kill the aliens, and help the forest grow with one good downpour.
With each additional level comes new challenges. You soon run into dark clouds in the sky that will take the moisture right out of Kumo Lumo. Loose too much moisture and Kumo Lumo is no more. When the sky becomes overrun with black moisture-sucking enemy clouds, navigation around the world becomes more cumbersome. Like all enemies in the game, raining on the hostile black clouds will eliminate them. When Kumo Lumo learns that he is a storm cloud, a recharging bolt of lightning becomes available as a weapon; one that is only affective against certain enemies. New enemies are introduced that will endanger the planet and threaten Kumo Lumo’s very existence as are new ways for Kumo Lumo to keep himself alive.
To help keep things in balance, Kumo Lumo can also collect gold coins throughout the levels. These gold coins can in turn be used to purchase power-ups in the shop. Like increasing the amount of water that Kumo Lumo can carry at a given time and adding more power to his lightning bolt. And if you find that you are not earning gold coins fast enough, then you can make an in app purchase to help speed things up a bit.
The cut-out graphics of the game are bright and cheerful, as are the sound effects and music score. The controls are responsive and easy to learn from the start. Overall a fun little game that is sure to lure you in for an hour or two the first time you play it. And if you happen to really like playing Kumo Lumo this weekend, you can buy the t-shirt.