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Lost in Excessive Content
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Jan 11, 2011
Member since Jan 2008
24 out of 26 gamers (92%) found this review helpful
This game starts off with a boy’s shadow being ripped from his body and tossed off the top of a tall tower, lands far away and gets up. It is up to you - and a shadow pixie named Spangle - to reunite his shadow with his body.
Easier said than done. You start off by going through about forty puzzle levels where you have to manipulate objects, light sources, find certain tokens, fight off bad shadows, and have to make many jumps and climbs.
But the high point of this game is the ingenious use of the shadows and how slight changes in the position of the light or an object can make a huge difference in how those shadows are laid out. What seems like a dead end can easily be turned into the path of escape. I really enjoyed going through these levels and finding out the solutions to the puzzles - but then the game just kept going.
After the forty or so levels in the main tower, you have to go back through those levels to get some items to the top floor, then you go through a ten level dark tower, and after that, you have to go through a garden labyrinth and a deep well before fighting off the big bad boss and finishing the game.
This will take some time - about fifteen hours or more to finish. And those of us who are not excited by the end of the tenth level should just quit out and sent the game back as the experience does not change much with each new level.
This is why I suggest renting Lost in Shadow first to see if you are willing to take this long journey - or not.
Excellent for what it is.
posted by ScottLaura (SAN DIEGO, CA) Jul 2, 2011
Member since Dec 2005
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is the first game to artfully combine two dimensional old school gaming with 3D puzzle manipulations. The combat structure is difficult from the beginning and will keep you either challenged or annoyed throughout. What you will love, if you care about such things is the beautiful background imagery and the extremely unique and not too difficult yet challenging puzzle solving. It is definitely worth renting, and if you are a collector of ground-breaking gaming, you may even wish to purchase this one!
A little too innovative.
posted by karrde (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Mar 11, 2011
Member since Dec 2010
4 out of 7 gamers (57%) found this review helpful
You are a shadow, you can only travel on shadows. Your environment is 2D, but it is affected by the 3D objects that you can manipulate including moving the light source.
So we need to give it props for innovation. Unfortunately its too innovative, and I feel most people will be like me and drop it before level 10 of the tower. Its just not fun.
The good parts are that the game its self is well done. Platforming is actually pretty well done.
So I think this game has a limited audience. That audience might think its a very good game. I'm not in that audience though.
Fun, but mostly annoying
posted by TheFrodo4401 (MODESTO, CA) Mar 9, 2013
Member since Feb 2012
A fun game but a little monotonous
posted by Kag31489 (NORTHUMBERLAND, PA) Jan 2, 2013
Member since Dec 2012
posted by HBLYNN777 (KANSAS CITY, KS) Jul 22, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
Wonderful atmospheric 2D platformer
posted by yourdog23 (DENVER, CO) May 21, 2012
Member since Jan 2010
The developers made a hug mistake by making this a disc based game for the Wii. For a Wii title, I just don't see this getting any commercial recognition. If it were instead a downloadable title on XBLA and/or PSN, it'd definitely hit it's mark. The Wii casual crowd won't know what to make of this, and it's not a typical hardcore offering. Instead, the hardcore fans who want a puzzle game that we can play like a casual game, yet still exercise our minds will love this.
I loved how all the levels seemed to stay fresh. The times when I thought they were getting stale was more a reflection on how tired I was getting. Taking a break from playing relieved the sense of staleness.
I'll agree with a few folks' complaints about the game seeming to not know when to quit, but for me that point was less than an hour from the end. For a game that took me just under 16 hours to play, I don't think that's too bad (especially when some of my favorite Nintendo games are truly guilty of being twice or thrice as long as they should.
The reason why I gave the rating of only an 8 is that I couldn't stand the fighting mechanics of the game. I found them to be truly annoying, even though they were manageable. But the magic here was in the atmosphere and the engaging 2D platforming.
lost in shadow
posted by seige (SNOHOMISH, WA) Mar 10, 2012
Member since Mar 2012
Better than Expected
posted by giger4life (CLEBURNE, TX) Oct 21, 2011
Member since Jul 2007
stay in the shadow
posted by trex6504 (HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA) Jun 29, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
Quiet lonely game...kind'a boring
posted by Donis187 (DORCHESTER CENTER, MA) Jun 13, 2011
Member since Apr 2010
posted by mostlyharmless (ROUND ROCK, TX) May 22, 2011
Member since May 2011