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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Lost Nova is an adventure game where you explore an alien planet searching for resources to fix your spaceship. With no enemies or time limits, you take your time interacting with the local sentient vegetables, completing side missions, and exploring the rich and varied landscape. What sets it apart is how the world changes as as you create a community; characters appear in different places, new dialogue becomes available and buildings appear.

You play Mia, a daring space adventurer who crashlands on a strange planet. As you explore the four different biomes, each containing a vital resource, you use your laser to break rocks and collect items, and your jetpack to jump across cavernous gaps to reach new areas. Along the way, you encounter the planet's inhabitants and can complete optional quests for them and restore their town.

Your quest is to collect enough of each of the four key resources to craft upgrades to your ship. The controls are similar to a twin-stick shooter, with the direction of your laser and your movement being independent. The first biome introduces you to the laser and the core mechanics, such as pushing blocks around to unlock secrets, and then each subsequent area introduces new elements; for example, in the water section, you use your laser to propel you across the water's surface, and others focus on platforming where you use your jetpack to move across floating islands. Once you've gathered enough of each resource, you can deposit them in your spaceship and craft the necessary upgrades to get you back into the stars.

The result is a game that invites you to explore a unique and vibrant world at your own pace without fear of enemies. It's a good alternative to games like Crashlands but without the violence.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/05/2022

Price: 20% off

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Open World, Puzzle, Shooting, Simulation and Traversal

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Encifer (@Encifer)




Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete. However, after you complete the main quest, there's still plenty more to do, offering several more hours of play.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With no enemies to fight, you don't need quick reactions to be able to play.


Lost Nova usually costs £11.39. 

Lost Nova

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Lost Nova Accessibility Report documents 20 accessibility features:
Although the text is fairly large, it isn't 1/20th the height of the screen. It is, however, high contrast, and the game's subtitles are put in speech bubbles so you know who's saying what, and each character has their own unique speech bubble colour (although this isn't necessary to know who's speaking).

There are no enemies to fight, so quick reactions aren't necessary for fighting. although there are platforming sections, you don't need good reactions or precise inputs for this either, as you select where you want to jump to before you jump, and can only select somewhere where you can actually land, taking away any pressure from falling off.

You can disable screen shake in the options menu.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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