Like a Mad Man’s Dream
Lilulu takes players through half a puzzle-exploration game and half M.C. Escher-esque fever dream encased in a little girl’s troubled mind. Each stage represents a memory in the main character’s life. It is up to the player to solve a wide range of puzzles and navigate their way through Lilulu’s ethereal mazes — all in pursuit of a mysterious girl you can never quite seem to catch up to.
Developed by Simplist Limited, Lilulu is the second offering from the Hong Kong-based developer after their 2019 debut, Devil Stone. Apart from the isometric point of view, Lilulu is a far cry from Simplist Limited’s previous effort; opting to pursue themes such as identity existence in lieu of combat and character gear. Though, like Devil Stone, Simplist Limited maintains its emphasis on musical accompaniment. Although the score is moodier and more atmospheric.
It is easy to compare Lilulu with similar abstract heavy titles such as ustwo games’ Monument Valley — which caters to a similar niche with its surrealist level design and puzzle-based gameplay. Lilulu looks to be more of the same for those who prefer a more pensive and thematic exploration as opposed to more frantic titles.
Lilulu is available now on the Google Play Store for $3.99.