Before watching the trailer, I almost didn’t write this news story. After watching the trailer, this game deserves some attention. Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a platformer, puzzler, narrative-driven game that is set inside a girl’s diary. I know that seems like a whole lotta buzzwords that some poor marketing team had to assemble, but the trailer proves it’s true. I left out emotional, but it’s there somewhere too.
Snark aside, it is very interesting, because interacting with the words in the journal is part of the gameplay. One example, shows you using the words to create platforms to jump to the next page. Another page lets you pick your name and jump into the world of Estoria. There you can use words to influence the environment and open up a pathway.
The story is written by Rhianna Pratchett, and she knows the importance of a well-chosen word. She has previously worked on Mirror’s Edge, BioShock Infinite, Overlord, and the first two games in the Tomb Raider reboot. If it matters to you, the game has already won awards at Gamescom 2017 and the Indie Prize at Casual Connect 2018.
Even if this doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, check out the (admittedly old) trailer to see it in action. It’s on my radar for next year, and I look forward to seeing more about Lost Words: Beyond the Page.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.