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Video GameLost and Hound Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Lost and Hound is an adventure puzzle game where you play as a scent tracking rescue dogs, Corgi and Biscuit. You use your sense of smell to find things and solve mysteries. Your heightened hearing and senses enable you find your goals, eventually becoming a professional tracker.

In the game your attuned hearing allows you to access information that’s inaccessible to humans. This means you can solve puzzles and find items. But it extends to detecting if someone is lying by being able to hear their heart rate increase. You can even hear through walls to track people and match up items such as those left at a crime scene with their owners.

The game depicts these senses in different ways. At any time you can call up your sense of smell to find the direction to go. In this way you travel the world taking on the role of real-world working dogs. From working in a hospital to assist with seizure detection and detecting cancer to being an emotional support for zoo animals and more. You work as a K9 tracker will take you to the Australian outback, Swiss Alps, the American wilderness, and many other locales. In between each mission, you’ll have the option to complete mini levels to earn extra money and travel to more exotic locations.

The game is designed to be fully playable to players without sight or without hearing. Beyond the novel play style it's also a unique and light-touch way to engage with themes of criminal activity and the importance of other people to make us feel safe. Your owner is present throughout the game and depicts strongly the power of being cared for and offered protection and reassurance.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 17/08/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Traversal (Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 34 features

Developer: Daisy Ale Sounds (@DaisyAleSounds)

 

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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Not yet rated, there is no blood or violence although there are illegal substances referenced. You save dogs from a dog fighting ring, not shown in game and it only mentions it once.

CostsCosts

Lost and Hound usually costs £15.89.
 

Lost and Hound

Steam Store PC £15.89
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Lost and Hound Accessibility Report documents 34 accessibility features:
The game is designed to be played with little or no sight. It also ensures that audio cues are all matched with visual representation. Although there isn't difficulty, selecting particular companion dogs can make the game easier to play as they have helpful abilities.

There is a blind mode where the display changes to increase the contrast and the depiction of the world to make it much more visible. Stamina is depicted on screen but also with the panting sound of your dog. You can hold a button down and it will talk through all the controls.

The sniff function is always present and tells you where to go next.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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