Lost Words: Beyond the Page

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Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Released: December 2019. Added to this library 10 weeks ago.

Overview

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.

 
This game is good if you want to play aging characters or process loss.

Commitment

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

Costs

Does not include in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Ratings

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.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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