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The Lost City review (iPod/iPhone)

February 11, 2012

“Welcome to the jungle, we got fun ‘n’ games”

10 word description: Point & click style adventure / puzzle game. Journal, dynamic map.

10 word review: Polished, varied and very pretty. Enjoyable; hint system is sensible.

You will like this if you enjoy: Point & click adventure games with varied puzzles.

The good news: Very good looking, graphics and animations/effects are of consistently high quality. Decent music and sound effects. Puzzles are varied and the solutions (as far as I’ve come so far) seem to be fairly logical.

On the map, the screen numbers match references within the hint system

The bad news: Getting stuck would normally be the main issue I’d have with a game like this, but the hint system does its best to help the player. It’s particularly useful when you manage to miss a hidden item on a screen, avoiding the usual looping frustration where you start clicking every item in your inventory on every screen…

Arcadelife verdict: This is a great genre example, adding variety with some interactive puzzles as well as the conventional “match inventory item X with object Y” point & click conundrums. The presentation is all very high quality; the inclusion of a journal that updates itself with symbols and clues, plus a dynamic map of discovered locations, adds to the overall enjoyment of the experience.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 9/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 8.5/10
Final rating – 88/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.01
iTunes link

Fire Maple Games / The Lost City website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)

 

 

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One comment

  1. Nice, thorough review. I completely agree — excellent game.

    if anyone is still getting stuck, you can find a full walkthrough here: http://www.appunwrapper.com/2012/02/04/the-lost-city-walkthrough/

    Enjoy 🙂



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