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Review

Lost Words: Beyond the Page game tells a bittersweet story about a little girl with a big dream. Young Izzy is given a diary by her grandmother and starts writing. One day she wants to become a writer. She starts a story so she can read it to her grandma. It is the story of a young girl who wants to save her native Estoria. After her home village i...

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • May 27, 2021

Lost Words: Beyond the Page game tells a bittersweet story about a little girl with a big dream. Young Izzy is given a diary by her grandmother and starts writing. One day she wants to become a writer. She starts a story so she can read it to her grandma. It is the story of a young girl who wants to save her native Estoria. After her home village is destroyed, she sets out to find the fireflies that are scattered throughout Estoria.

Lost Words: Beyond the Page lets you alternately experience the story of the young writer and her heroine. Both are closely related since Izzy's writing is inspired by the experiences in her life. In the role of Izzy, you'll move through the pages of her diary, filling them with beautiful and sad memories. The girl's life is turned upside down when her beloved grandmother suffers a stroke and ends up in the hospital as a result. With this drastic experience, the heroine's story also becomes darker and more hopeless in its narration.

The story of the play is impressive and touching. Author Rhianna Pratchet has created a beautiful and at the same time sad story and has put difficult issues on paper with great sensitivity. All of this is wrapped up in a picturesque and handsomely crafted adventure.

This is due to the game's distinctly emotional and believable narrative, which convincingly addresses the protagonist's emotional world. Anyone who has had similar experiences can easily empathize with little Izzy, who is overwhelmed by helplessness, sadness, and insecurity.

Lost Words: Beyond the Page manages to tell a story about love, grandmothers, and sadness with a lot of feeling and hits the right notes. Fortunately, the difficulty level is very low, allowing the player to concentrate entirely on the story without running the risk of failing at the mechanics. Here and there you'll have to master a few simple jumping passages, and in the written story you'll play with words. For example, you'll be able to open your book and choose "Repair" to repair destroyed objects, or "Break" to destroy objects and overcome obstacles. When the words from the heroine's magic book need to be used, this is easily apparent. If you do miss the target during a jump, land in lava, or something similar, the last checkpoint is never far behind. The flow of the game is therefore not interrupted significantly.

The gameplay is simple, but successful and harmonizes with the story. By alternating between diary and story, it offers a certain amount of variety. You also gain new possibilities through the occasional receipt of new words, which is why there is no boredom. The staging also changes in the course of your adventure to match Izzy's experiences. Her feelings become comprehensible as a result. For example, the protagonist of her story gets lost in a colorless and barren world during her most hopeless hours.

The game is lovingly staged and accompanied by a calm, not too intrusive soundtrack, which is pleasant to listen to. A largely well-rounded gaming experience. The only downer is that the game, unfortunately, doesn't retain the settings regarding full screen and resolution.

Conclusion:
Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a bittersweet game. You experience an emotionally told story full of beautiful and sad moments. The game has around eight hours of playtime. The focus is on the narrative. The 2D platformer is very easy in terms of difficulty, which is why you can fully concentrate on the experience that the narrative offers and not run the risk of being pulled out because you get stuck somewhere. Lost Words: Beyond the Page convinces with ideas, staging, and emotions. Even the end credits tie in with the gameplay and are staged with love.

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