NIS America Inc.’s htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary is a decent puzzle platform title in which users utilize touch to guide the lead character to safety.
In htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary, users must guide Mion with the help of the firefly Lumen and the firefly Umbra to move safely through each hazardous level and recover fragments of memory.
The front touch screen is used to control Lumen. Mion will follow Lumen to traverse the level and contextually climb ladders or move boxes. In addition, users can tap Lumen against Mion to have her sit down.
Conversely, users utilize the rear touch screen to control Umbra, a firefly that can move against the shadows to manipulate the environment, including breaking cracked pillars and bridges and causing objects to fall on enemies.
Players must strategically maneuver between the two fairies in order for Mion to proceed safely.
The level design is clever and requires thought and timing. For example, an enemy monster chases Mion in the first level to require users to utilize Lumen to run away, then switch to Umbra in order to cause a beam to break over the enemy to damage it.
The graphics engine is great with hand drawn characters and environments. Mion is a tough, unlikely heroine who can brave sharp falls and large foes with the aid of the two glowing fireflies.
htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary is a decent niche puzzler that utilizes the PS Vita touch screens in new and effective ways. While the pace can be plodding, the unique trek with Mion, Lumen, and Umbra is worth a climb.