Lost In Play (Switch, PC)

A brother and sister are playing together and living out their fantasies as they play pretend to make their way back home.  You’ll seamlessly switch between fantasy and reality in this point and click style adventure that uses no words.  It actually reminds me of a game I reviewed a little over a year ago called Fire: Ungh’s Quest.  Lost in Play is available on Switch and PC, but reviewed on Switch here.

In the game you’ll control the brother and sister directly with the left stick.  When you are near something you can interact with, an icon will pop up prompting you to examine it, talk to someone, or pick up an item.  Then you just press a button to do so.  If you need to use an item, just bring up your inventory, highlight it, and then approach where you need to use it.  You can also use the touch screen in handheld mode.  If you need a hint as to what to do, you can hold down the L shoulder button.

The animation is fantastic and the whole idea of a game where you just live out these children’s imaginative playtime is amazing.  So it’s a real shame that there was something that kept me from staying interested in it.  You see, every so often you must play a mini-game puzzle.  They start out simple, but about a third of the way through they get to be Professor Layton style complicated.  And since the game uses no words, even the hints and objectives can be a bit obtuse.  If it wasn’t for that, I would’ve played the game much longer.

Kid Factor:

There’s nothing really violent or objectionable here.  The kids pretend to be monsters and chase and play tackle each other, but that’s really about as violent as it gets.  Readings skill is helpful for the menu text, but not necessary just to play since the game uses no words.  But younger gamers may need help with the trickier puzzles.  Lost in Play is rated E-10.

One Response to “Lost In Play (Switch, PC)”

  1. I think the Boundless CFX is the best for a beginner

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