Lost: Via Domus
Lost: Via Domus was part of the last era of the tie in video game to a movie or TV show. I was obsessed with the Lost TV show and even now I would have to put it in my top ten shows of all time. So, when I heard that there was a Lost video game coming out I knew that this was going to be a day one purchase for me.
Who Am I?
Let me start by saying that you simply have to be a fan of the TV show to enjoy this game. A huge reason for this is that the story the game tells is amazing. Lost: Via Domus takes place between seasons 1 and 2 of the show and you play as a character who is not from the show. Instead, you crash on the island with the rest of the gang, but you have lost your memory. The goal of the game is to find out who you are and what is going on with this strange island.
While you are playing as a character who is not on the show. You interact with all of the main cast. So, Jack, Kate, Locke and more are all here and you get to deal with them all. The character models are great and still hold up. I feel the locations are decent enough too, but the voice acting lets things down as they were not able to get all of the major actors to reprise their roles.
Watch Out For The Smoke!
The gameplay of Lost: Via Domus I feel is quite interesting. Look, I will fully admit that as a massive fan of the show I was able to overlook many of the downfalls that this game has. However, I feel that as a TV tie in-game it is pretty solid. You actually have a lot of things to do. You will need to explore the island, talk to other survivors, find items, manage items and even partake in a few mini game type situations. There is even a run-in with the smoke monster! I could overlook the invisible walls, the limited options when it comes to speaking to people. However, one area that drove me nuts was the caves. Exploring the caves is a massive and I mean massive chore. This section of the game is so annoying that had it not been in the game I would have probably scored it a whole point higher!
One of the coolest aspects of the gameplay is something right from the show. Each character in Lost gets a flashback so we can see what led them to the island. This is the same for the character you play as. Not only is this a great way for the story to move forward. You are also tasked with taking a certain picture each time this happens. I thought this was a really cool gameplay mechanic and some of the flashback sequences were really challenging.
Is Lost: Via Domus a perfect game? No, it is most certainly is not. However, I feel for a TV show tie in game, Lost The Video Game is pretty damn faithful to the TV show. I know that they could not get all of the actors to reprise their roles, but the story does feel like something that you could have been watching on TV. If you are a fan of the show, I am 100 percent certain you will be able to overlook the games flaws and have a good time with it.
- The game has the feel of the show
- I liked interreacting with my favorite characters
- The flashback sections are very clever
- When the smoke monster is chasing you it is very scary!
- Many different gameplay styles
- The section in the cave nearly ruins the entire game!
- They could not get all of the actors to lend their voices to the game
Download Lost: Via Domus
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
As The Series goes from strength to "eh?" to more strength, this game just looks more and more like a sharpened butt-plug viciously thrust up into the rectum of the unsuspecting consumer. In Lost: Via Domus' case, this gaming dildo is in the shape of a particularly rotten coconut. One that is multiplied throughout the game and just begs to be collected.
I'll admit that I've never actually watched the show, but I'm reliably informed that Via Domus' saving grace is its plot which is of interest to fans of the series. Sadly, this is turned on its head and driven face-first into the mat by woeful animation, hilariously bad puzzles, and a series of design mistakes that require you to die repeatedly.
This is one game you hope never escapes the island.