At first glance you'll probably think, "oh, man those graphics are HORRIBLE!" and your right. (If you want to see a game like Lugaru with incredible graphics, see Wolfire games' next game, Overgrowth, which is Lugaru's sequel.) As you play through Lugaru, you'll understand that the graphics are not the point of the game and the real fun is the combat system.
Lugaru is one of those games that will have you replaying it over and over again just for the gameplay. the simplistic control layout (W,A,S,D, E, Q, C, and SHIFT) allow you to create a your own style of fighting, whether it be stealth, hand-to-hand, weapons, or acrobat, or even your own. I personally played through all the challenge missions using different play styles because the game is so addictive. after a while, the controls become so smooth that you'll be cranking up the difficulty and stringing together moves and feel like a true ninja rabbit.
The music changes based on the alertness of the enemies, which is a real life-saver, because half the game is sneaking around and based on the music you can tell if your noticed or not. However, most of the music gets annoying and repetitive and can get on your nerves.
Lugaru is extremely fun to play due to its rapid combat, rag-doll physics, smooth controls, and creating your own combination of reversals, round-house kicks, punches, leg-swipes and leg cannons. The addition of three weapons adds variety to the game, as they can be used to create powerful attacks, but can be stolen and used against you. For a list of weapons and their strengths and weaknesses, see below.
- Knife-- The knife is small and hard to disarm. It does low damage, but makes up for its speed and its ability to be thrown for high damage. However, throwing your knife is risky, because it can be dodged and picked up by an enemy. Knife is bladed, so the damage you inflict is permanent and causes blood loss, which causes damage over time.
- Sword-- The Sword is a weapon that does tremendous damage, is easy to disarm causes blood loss, and has a long reach. The sword is extremely hard to use if your a new player, because it is so easy to disarm (this is why the sword is introduced later on in the game.) However, in the hands of a veteran the sword can end a one-on-one combat in a few seconds. (SLASH *dodge* SLASH *dead)
- Staff-- The staff is the, "Noob" weapon. It is lightning fast and does tons of damage. This is why the staff is favored by many people. The staff has two attacks, the quick smack, and the heavy hit. the quick smack is extremely hard to dodge and block, yet it does not do much damage, while the heavy hit can deal almost one hit kills but is extremely easy to block and dodge and should only be used on knocked-over opponents. However, with all the benefits the staff has, the staff usually brakes after about two kills. This is why I dislike the staff.