Since they departed from Alawar, FIVE-BN Games wasted no time in proving themselves as an independent developer and thus, quickly found their way into many of the casual gamers' heart. In this third Lost Lands game, help Susan stop the stone demon statues that are coming to life from destroying Lost Lands and the human world!
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Name: Lost Lands: The Golden Curse Collector's Edition
Release Date: 8 November 2015
Developer: FIVE-BN Games
First things first, Lost Lands: The Golden Curse has some of the best visuals we have seen in a HOPA. The artwork is very detailed and the colors are splendid. Not to mention that the quality of the graphics is top-notch, all of the scenes are sharp and clear down to the smallest pixels! Moreover, the cutscenes and the animations are amazingly done - the cutscenes look absolutely epic with all of the spectacular visual effects and the character's animations have never been more realistic. As for the audio, the soundtracks are unobtrusive and the voice-overs are excellent - so kudos to the audio team as well!
Let's be honest here, Lost Lands: The Golden Curse does not have the best storyline ever. We have definitely heard the story of statues coming alive a thousand times before. What makes The Golden Curse thrilling are the backstories, which are both interesting are captivating.
The gameplay of Lost Lands: The Golden Curse also worth mentioning. While there are only three difficulty modes offered and no custom mode, the game is entertaining nonetheless. Unlike some of the recent releases, it is clear that the developer put a lot of thoughts into making this game. The adventure part of the game might not be the most challenging, but it comes with some smart interactions and the interactive-map provided could not be more helpful. The puzzles are well-integrated with the storyline and do not feel repetitive. The hidden object scenes are probably the best part; highly-interactive, complex and clever - sadly, there is quite a limited number of them throughout the game.
Lost Lands: The Golden Curse has a decent length as well. The main game took us just over four hours to complete, and the awesome bonus chapter took us an hour. The Collector's Edition featured some fun extras: wallpapers, concept art, cutscenes, soundtracks, replayable mini-games and hidden object scenes, a strategy guide, a game quiz, achievements and some cool collectibles.
The Golden Curse is a very worthy addition to the Lost Lands series. It looks unbelievably gorgeous and perfectly combines creativity and challenge.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars