Lux Ahoy is a new Worms-style combat game created by New York based digital agency Luxurious Animals. Played out as a battle between the two main characters: Luxamillion, a monocled pink monster and Trunkford, a pipe toting green elephant, the battle takes place on the high seas, ship cannons a-blazing.
As with games of this genre you control the angle and power of your shot. The cannon ball flies off and depending on your aim, bounces around the environment with convincing physics, hopefully causing suitable destruction in the process. If your aim was true, or like me sheer luck was on your side, then it’ll eventually land on your opponent. Three strikes and they sink, making you the winner.
Visually the game is beautiful. A very stylish hand painted look adorns the environment. Everything animates as if they are paper cut-out marionettes. When the cannon balls hit the clouds they react as if suspended from pieces of string. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the Paper Mario games, and works really well, helping to set the atmosphere. The graphics were created and animated in Flash and then exported to sprite sheets using the tool Zoë.
That aside, Lux Ahoy is a fun and polished game and I look forward to them unlocking some of the new islands soon!