Lost Echo Review
- Beautiful environments.
- Intriguing plot.
- Pace is far too slow.
- Dialogue isn't very engaging.
- Movement controls aren't reliable
A handsome adventure game with an enticing air of mystery let down by poor pacing and weak dialogue.
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Imagine if you will that an encounter with your partner at an ice cream shop could lead you to question the very fabric of reality. Sound unlikely? Well, that's what happens to Greg, the protagonist of Lost Echo. A casual meeting and a flash of white light later, and suddenly he is the only person who can remember his girlfriend.
That's just the start of the mystery, of course. We'll refrain from discussing further as the plot is one of the main things the game has going for it. The ideas are intriguing enough, and the futuristic world setting is a marvel to behold.
But even for an adventure game, Lost Echo is painfully slow paced. The dialogue scenes seem to last forever without imparting much entertaining or useful information. This dirth of excitement is exacerbated by the slow speed at which you amble around the environments. You can run by double-tapping, but command this isn't as reliable as you would like.
Lost Echo is a pretty streamlined experience. If you pick casual mode, you can press two fingers on the screen to uncover hotspots, which is useful if you don't want to spend your time hunting for interactive pixels. Sometimes games of this nature can become confusing, but here, your next step is generally spelled out fairly clearly. This gives you relatively stress-free experience, but the lacadaisical pace at which the stroy unravels does undercut the interest factor.
And it's a shame, because the environments give you a great snapshot into a beautiful world. The lighting and clean-cut look of the architecture evokes memories of Mirror's Edge, where a shiny exterior is hiding a darker reality under the surface. If you can stomach the slow pace, advneture game fans should feel right at home here - especially if you like a good mystery. We'd need some snappier pacing and better characterisation if we were going to recommend it to anyone else, though.
DescriptionFeatured by Apple in:
15 Most Mysterious Games, Epic Adventures, 15 Greatest Storylines, Amazing Adventure Games, Spectacular Stories, Best New Games, Games Are Art
"A richly defined, innovative experience, Lost Echo is exactly what an iOS adventure should be, capturing the spirit of traditional adventure gaming with all the potential the platform has to offer." -AdventureGamers.com
"I can't help but be completely and utterly impressed." -IndieGames.com
"This is a must-buy for anybody who loves sci-fi, mystery, or just adventure games in general." -148apps
"A good looking game with a challenging mystery waiting to be solved: you won't be able to put it away!" -Touch Tap Play
In the near future Greg's girlfriend Chloe mysteriously disappears in front of him. He starts a desperate search for her. What happened? Why does no-one else remember her?
Solve puzzles, explore fully 3d environments, interact with numerous characters and solve the mystery!
Lost Echo is a modern, story driven, visually ambitious, intuitive, sci-fi mystery adventure game.
* Detailed and realistic graphics, rarely found on mobile devices. And they work on devices as old as a 3GS!
* A soundtrack written specifically for the game. Drawing from multiple genres so it creates the proper atmosphere for each area.
* An engrossing mystery with a satisfying conclusion. Meet and interact with numerous characters, find clues and slowly reveal the truth. But is the truth really enough?
* Point and click is one of those genres where touch devices just make sense. We made sure we took advantage of that.
* Two modes: normal and "old school", so you can play regardless of experience with the genre!
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What's New in Version 1.9.2+Added Japanese localization by UOTSUKI Tukuyo.
+Fixed a variety of issues with Chinese Traditional.
+Fixed typos in English.
+Added some higher resolution textures in a few areas. (underground and alley should be visibly improved)
+Made hotspot circles more visible (less transparent, faster animation, somewhat darker color)
+Fixed issue with home AI item remaining in other scenes.
+Map location names are now lowercase (because, uhhh, of reasons!)
+Fixed rare issue with save files.
+Added more particle effects.
+First person views are now smoother (yay!)
+Improved lighting on Chess pieces.
+Other minor fixes and improvements.