Get Lost in Your Imagination
Follow Tito and Gal on their journey back home after getting lost while playing in this enchanting adventure. Through the eyes of these siblings, Lost in Play will have you solving puzzles and convincing frogs to help you escape the evil beast of the forest. The first game from the indie studio Happy Juice Games will make you feel like a kid again. Get transported to a time where anything can become an adventure with just a little imagination.
When you begin the game, it starts your playthrough with the first few chapters as a demo to give you a taste of what it’s like. Without a doubt, after finishing the demo, you won’t even question if you should pay for the full game. You’ll just do it. I’m grateful that it tells you upfront that Lost in Play is not free. It specifies on the home screen that this is a demo and that you’ll eventually need to pay around eight dollars for it. Thus, no sudden and unexpected paywalls.
There are thirty chapters, each comprising a set of puzzles and minigames to complete. Every chapter will place you at a different stage in your journey, and the scenarios and puzzles will be unique. Never mind that the puzzles use similar dynamics, like finding things and accommodating objects in a specific order. The way it’s presented will make it feel fresh and nonrepetitive. Lost in Play is challenging in a non-stressful-ripping-my-hair-out way. Whenever you’re stuck, the hint option will nudge you in the right direction without giving you the answer.
Return to the Years of Your Childhood
The quality of the animation is just a chef’s kiss. It’s beautiful and whimsical, nailing that unique blend of imagination and reality that transports you to your childhood. Playing Lost in Play feels like seeing the world through a kid’s eyes. I was reminded of times when I used to play mermaids with my cousin in my grandma’s bathtub. It has the same feeling of childhood wonder and problem-solving that Over the Garden Wall and Gravity Falls capture so well.
Moreover, the voice-over has everyone speaking unintelligible gibberish; the kids, the grandmas, the animals, everyone. When you think about it, nothing else would have made more sense. Children have their own language, and it only makes sense that the magical beings in their imagination speak that well. Every creative decision the devs made to create the atmosphere lets you know how well they understand the game. To the point that it has you questioning whether what we’re seeing is real or not.
Honestly, there’s not a thing I don’t love about Lost in Play. The concept, the animation, the voice-over, the music and the gameplay all come together seamlessly to bring us this jewel of a game. Without a doubt, one of my favorites, if not my favorite game of the year so far. I especially recommend it to fans of Over the Garden Wall and Gravity Falls. You will feel at home.
Is it Hardcore?
Yes, in a fun and whimsical way.
Lost in Play will have you solving fun puzzles, flying in giant storks and wishing for magic.