A little-known fact: today, as it so happens, is the International Day of Light! This day celebrates the role light plays in science, culture and art (any artists here?), education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy.
So today we wanted to take a minute to remember how games use light. Of course, year after year games evolve and get better lighting, smoother shadows, and more dynamic contrast, but what we're about now is games using light as an element.
Mostly, games that do that are puzzles. For example, there is a nice little puzzle game called LIT: Bend the Light. It lets you play with angles and make all kinds of peculiar light patterns:
Or, if you'd rather go for something more 3-dimensional, then there is also Archaica: The Path of Light. It adds a whole new dimension and some color play for more varied gameplay, and all that in an ancient ruins ambiance:
And for those who're more into first-person puzzles, well, there is an all-time classic, the Portal:
But that game is not centered around light or rays, of course. So if you want to play something first-person that would really test you and be all about light and shadow, then check out the Lightmatter. In it, you get to solve puzzles while staying in the light and avoiding the deadly shadows:
And, for all Doctor Who fans out there, is it just me, or does this game seem like a homage to Vashta Nerada? If you ever wanted to try to be the Tenth Doctor in "Silence in the Library", well, this game is as close as it gets. Hey, who turned off the lights?
And these are all Light-themed games or elements I could come up with. But there may be more. Does anyone recall any interesting Tomb Raider or Assassin's Creed Light-themed puzzles?