The Age Of Dinosaurs
In Survival 3: Lost in Time, you find yourself in a dank cavern and hear a bloodcurdling roar. Despite your fear, your curiosity gets the better of you and you begin to explore. You soon find yourself surrounded by living, breathing dinosaurs. It turns out that you’re stuck in the Jurassic period. Someone appears out of thin air and tells you that Earth’s timeline has gone wonky. Not to worry though. Your teleporting friend has a plan. All you must do is slaughter all of the dinosaurs and that’ll fix everything. Right?
Survival 3: Lost in Time is a retro action RPG by Bew Games Inc. The plot is simple: Something’s messed with Earth’s timeline. To fix it, you’ll need to teleport through time, battling dinosaurs, dragons and other beasts. The main theme of the game, if you haven’t already guessed, is surviving. This mean foraging for food and supplies and crafting tools that will help you complete your quest. Finding food is easy. Just scoop a dinosaur egg out of a nest or dig up some worms and go fishing in the nearby lake. There is nothing rewarding about foraging for food, but it’s necessary if you want to be able to heal before going to sleep at night.
Battles With No Bite
Combat is extremely simple. Approach a creature and tap the attack/interact button repeatedly until either you or your foe is defeated. If you have food in your inventory, you can heal during battle, though there is a short cooldown period. That’s really all there is to it. Throughout the game, you’ll face off with gelatinous slime, dinosaurs and other beasts. But due to the simplistic nature of the game’s combat, every fight feels the same. Sometimes simplistic battle systems work. This wasn’t one of those times.
Craft It All
The majority of the gameplay in Survival 3: Lost in Time focuses on crafting. Starting out, you’ll need to create a campsite. You’ll craft a sleeping bag from lichen, which is found growing on the cavern walls. Next, you’ll need to whip up a campfire. Collecting and creating new objects unlocks additional items in the crafting menu. Certain objects require the use of a stove or campfire to forge, but most can be crafted at any time. Like foraging for food, collecting and crafting items offers little to no difficulty. The only challenging aspect is finding some of the required supplies, as the game doesn’t go out of its way to direct you.
One thing this game doesn’t lack is ads. Moving to a new area? You’ll probably have to sit through an ad. If you need to travel back to the last area you visited, you’ll be treated to another ad. Don’t get me wrong. The ads are bearable for the most part. However, they pop up frequently enough to cause frustration. If you die and want to respawn where you are instead of at your camp, you can watch an ad.
Survival 3: Lost in Time doesn’t disregard in-app purchases either. You can buy diamonds, which are the games premium currency, with prices varying from $1.99 to $7.49. Diamonds can be used to resurrect in place or craft items you don’t have all of the proper supplies for. The game also offers a few other in-app purchases, such as 75 full heal potions for $1.99. Unless you really hate ads, there’s little reason to buy anything. The one upside of making any purchase, however, is that it will permanently remove the popup ads from the game.
Survival 3: Lost in Time is a lackluster title with dull, simplistic combat. The storyline, while a compelling premise, has absolutely no depth. The incessant ads serve to aggravate the player, especially since you travel back and forth between areas frequently to gather supplies, which tends to trigger an ad. Survival 3: Lost in Time isn’t the worst game I’ve ever played, but it’s certainly not worth downloading. Better to leave this one on the metaphorical back shelf of the Google Play Store.
Is It Hardcore?
Survival 3: Lost in Time? More like waste of time. With boring battles, endless ads and a scanty plot, it’s a game you want to miss out on.