Katherine Castle at Rock Paper Shotgun double-jumps to give high praise for LUCID, the crystal-hopping adventure platformer by Eric Manahan of The Matte Black Studio and published by Apogee Entertainment, and shared its 2024 release window while recalling a behind-closed-doors preview at PAX East 2022.

When I first saw Lucid at PAX East, the thing that had me most excited about it was the way it asked players to chain together its various crystal arts to traverse its yawning chasms and tight corridors, creating an appealing sense of flow that looks like it will be lovely and tactile under the thumbs…Any game that channels that along with Celeste’s precision-based air dashes gets a big thumbs up from me, and I’m excited to see more of it in the run-up to its release.

LUCID’s demanding platforming and fast-paced combat pay homage to Metroidvania and platforming greats like Celeste, Ori and the Blind Forest, Mega Man X, and Super Metroid.

Check out Rock Paper Shotgun’s full article here. To stay informed on LUCID’s development, check out the Steam page and follow The Matte Black Studio on Twitter. To learn more about Apogee Entertainment, follow the OG indie publisher on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and their official website.