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Lost Words: Beyond The Page Review – A Touching Tale Full Of Emotional Highs And Lows

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Growing up is a time of discovery – for better or for worse. Teens try to find out who they are while confronting life’s complexities and harsh realities. Lost Words: Beyond The Page delves into this puzzling time by allowing you to interact with a young girl’s diary as she pursues her dream of becoming a writer. You see two sides of her life: the story coming to life in her imagination and personalized entries showcasing her feelings as she faces her own struggles. The two begin to intertwine in interesting ways, making for a heartwarming story about acceptance, persistence, and maturity that has puzzled me on more than one occasion. Lost Words: Beyond The Page is worth the experience for this reason, but you have to face some shortcomings to access the beauty.

In Lost Words, the narrator, Izzy, struggles to write her first story. We get a glimpse of the frustrations and challenges through her journal, where she reveals what is going on in her personal life. The experience has a strong emphasis on atmosphere and storytelling, right down to selecting aspects of Izzy’s story, such as the character’s name and outfit and the choice of words to express his emotions. You make your way through the words as she writes them in her journal, and you interact with the fantasy world she creates by selecting words from your journal and moving them to obstacles with your cursor, like using the word “fix” to repair a bridge or “Climb” to raise platforms.

Because words matter so much, a strong narrative is essential. Thanks to the work of writer Rhianna Pratchett, who worked on Heavenly Sword and the Tomb Raider reboot, the narrative is certainly the best part of the game. Izzy’s journey is accessible to anyone who has had to find their way. Like any youngster, she struggles with her self-esteem and confidence in her own abilities, but what resonates most are her feelings when she experiences an unpredictable tragedy that prompts her to examine the darker parts of life. . I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that Lost Words can be a punch in the guts; I felt so much for Izzy that I watched her sink into depression and struggle to come to terms with the events unfolding around her.

Overall, I enjoyed the main story and its message, but it plays out quite predictably and sometimes overdo it in the motivational speech department. However, aside from the slow start of the main narrative, the way the game mechanics tell Izzy’s story is quite beautiful. A few scenes will always stick with me, like when Izzy gets the option to use the word “ignore” to pass crowds, symbolizing that she is excluding others. Unfortunately, these big moments don’t happen regularly enough, forcing you to put up with boring gameplay. It doesn’t help that the environments of the fantasy world are sterile, linear almost to the point of a rift, and not very interesting to explore. Even navigating these spaces with their various challenges and obstacles quickly becomes boring, as the mechanics rarely change or evolve enough to be satisfying or offer a challenge. For example, I loved it when the word “climb” turned into a new gameplay mechanic when I was able to go underwater, but that was the only time I felt the game was doing anything. something interesting with the words at your disposal.

I haven’t even touched on another problem: finicky controls. You often move words around the screen to create an additional jumping platform or to be able to interact with objects, but this process seems awkward; Sometimes it’s hard to match things up precisely and the controls aren’t as responsive as they should be. For example, I have experienced a delayed response to some actions, like using the word “break” to split a tree branch. I also encountered technical issues with slow load times, objects disappearing, and increased frame rate. These mishaps don’t happen regularly enough to be too frustrating, but hopefully future fixes make it easier.

Lost Words: Beyond The Page affected me more than most games, but it’s not always interesting to play. Ultimately, the heartwarming story outweighs the flaws, but be prepared for an inconsistent experience. Sometimes I found myself nodding through another boring platforming sequence; others, I had to go to the next page of Izzy’s diary to make sure she was okay. Lost Words: Beyond The Page is an interesting way to tell an interactive story, to venture into territory that isn’t often explored in video games and I’m glad it exists, despite its flaws.

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