Many things about Lucent Heart
Gamania’s “free-to-play social
MMO,” will be familiar to most any gamer, from character
classes to fantasy lore loosely inspired by Greek mythology.
There’s fighting, revenge, monsters, chases, escapes, true
love… Wait--true love? Is this a kissing MMOG?
A Match Made…By
Actually, it is a kissing MMOG, sort of. Lucent Heart
uses a unique
matchmaking and dating system that rewards players for finding their
Soul Mate and interacting and adventuring together. (Although the term
“soul mate” implies that you’ve found
your one and only, characters can actually have up to three different
soul mates. Talk about playing the field!)
There are a couple of ways for players to make a match. If you already
have someone in mind, you can purchase a Cupid Key from the
game’s item mall, which enables you to pair up with the
person of your choice. Or, if you’re flying solo, you can use
the game’s matchmaker, Cupid, the god of love. At
specific times of day, players can queue up to be matched by Cupid.
Each character has a daily fortune, determined by their zodiac sign,
and your fortune level in the Love category determines your position in
the queue and affects your chances of finding a match.
Cupid plays the ultimate
By now you’re saying, “Hold it, hold it, hold
it…where’s the fighting? What’s with all
the gooey love stuff?” It’s not just fluff. In Lucent Heart
pairing up plays an important role if you want to be successful. By
putting their compatibility to the test daily, paired players can earn
a 2x experience bonus for adventuring together. They can tend
flowers with their Soul Mates, and the flower petals can become special
accessories while the nectar serves as mana and health potions. Unique
couples-only emotes give significant buffs. (There’s even a
“tent” emote which creates a tent with the couple
inside, which then bumps up and down. In other words, if this tent is
rockin’…don’t come knockin’.)
Cupid takes some of your attributes and desires into consideration when
making your perfect match--things like your age range, level, zodiac
sign, and other special characteristics such as gender preference.
(Yep, same sex pairings can happen in this game.) Matches are
calculated and announced 3 times a day, and if you’ve been
matched with a player a glowing heart will appear above your character.
There’s no complicated eHarmony-esque profile system and no
need to make a corny (or scary
video bio. Just press O to open your community interface, select the
Cupid tab, and see who you’ve been matched with.
If you and your Soul Mate really hit it off, you can even take the
plunge and get married. Getting married is a big deal in Lucent Heart
and involves some careful social coordination. You’ll have to
set a date and time and send wedding invitations, which you
personalize, to your guests. You can invite as many as 50 friends to
attend your ceremony, but only three are necessary to witness this
“bwessed awangement.” Guests can interact with
special items such as balloons, and you and your newly wedded spouse
will receive wedding rings.
If you like it then you should
put a ring on it.
Of course, not every match is made in Heaven. If you find that you and
your Soul Mate aren’t hitting it off after three days you can
part ways--it’s as simple as hitting the
“delete” button on your Cupid List, which almost
seems worse than breaking up via Facebook or text message. Divorce will
be an option for married couples, and although we didn’t get
the lowdown on divorce when we toured the game recently, we suspect
it’s probably more involved than clicking
“delete.” Of course, when you break up with your
Soul Mate you lose any flowers the two of you have been growing. Ah,