Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy S2 (I9100)
Android version: 2.3.6
Runs as of: 2.2
You gotta love a game with a fun intro narrative. In the case of The Lost City, a grandmother is telling her grandchild about a legendary city that can no longer be found on any map in the world. According to Granny, however, this is a mystical, long forgotten island surrounded by fairies. The only proof she has is a heart shaped rock she brought back from this place—but removing the rock seems to ahve upset the natural balance within the city. Too old to set out to make things right and help the island's inhabitants, she passes the torch – erm, well, rock – on to her grandchild.
Sounds good, right? That's what I thought, too.
The game is a classic click & point adventure in which the goal is to collect items and ultimately solve riddles/mysteries. Clues are written into your notebook, and places you've explored are marked on the map. The items wind up in a bag and can be used by accessing them via the hidden menu at the bottom of the screen. As you play, new paths appear whenever you unearth hidden passages or open doors.
When you first start playing the riddles are relatively easy—it's more of a warm up. Riddles are solved when you locate specific items.
I won't include any spoilers in this review, but I will say that The Lost City is one of the nicest games of the click & point genre I've come across. The background music is melancholic and atmospheric, and the gameplay is fun and actually quite challenging. If ever you find yourself really stuck you can always consult the hint guide.
A major contributing factor to the game's overall appeal are the amazing graphics. There are different settings and even different seasons, and the beautiful landscapes and animations make for a fun overall vibe.
The Lost City is great, it's that straight forward and simple. A lot of thought and heart was put into designing the gaming concept and the graphics and that has clearly payed off. The levels of difficulty were just right to make the game a thrilling challenge, but not outrageous to out you off from attempting to make it through the entire game.
Screen & Controls
If ever there was a user friendly game, it's The Lost City. Tapping on doors and obstacles never failed, the game is perfectly optimised for mobile screens and tabs are easily detectable.
What's more is the lovely attention to detail when it comes to the app's graphics. Very nice indeed.
Speed & Stability
The Lost City comes with great and very detailed graphics, but they are not very demanding of the smartphone's hardware and hence the app tuns very smoothly.
The Lost City can be downloaded from the Play Store for EUR 0,75, which IMO is a steal for a game that will keep you entertained for several hours. Sure, there are similar apps floating around out there – some of them are even free – but they're not quite in the same league as this app.