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Lost Words: Beyond the Page Review

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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lost Words is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore inside a young girl’s diary. You control Izzy as she writes her diary by walking on words, move them around and solve different puzzles. This develops two parallel stories, one about Izzy in the real world and one about the character in a fantasy world of Estoria that offers more traditional video game running and jumping.

It starts as this simple platforming game but adds narrative weight when Izzy's grandmother is taken ill and then passes away. Experiencing this story by interacting with the words and pages that are telling it is a unique and tender way to deal with the themes here. The parallel story in Estoria offers a chance to relieve the tension while also offering a helpful parallel.

While not everyone will connect with the characters or the narration here, for those that do this is a lovely and unusual experience. Particularly for younger players, it's a gentle way to engage in a difficult subject.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/12/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Games Sketchbook (@GamesSketchbook)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Lost Words: Beyond the Page usually costs £11.99.
 

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £11.99
Switch Store Switch £11.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it features pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. At one point in the game, the protagonist's village gets attacked and goes up in flames. The player encounters a menacing dragon accompanied by threatening sound effects. This can be scary for younger children.

AccessibilityAccessibility

In Lost Words:Beyond the Page the gameplay is focused around exploring a journal and the main character using narrative text and magic words to solve puzzles as she explores the world, so reading is a main feature of the game and there is a large amount of text in the game. However, the reading level of the words and sentences are not too challenging, and the magic spell words are quickly learned as they are used to solve multiple puzzles in a chapter.

While the text is generally high contrast, it is not very large and is often staggered or placed in strange ways for artistic and gameplay effects, which can decrease legibility and comprehension.

All of the text in the game is narrated, which can ease the reading challenge level and comprehension, and help assist in tracking some of the more unusual word placements.
 
Our Lost Words: Beyond the Page Accessibility Report documents 27 accessibility features:

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