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Surface: Lost Tales - Review

What would you if one day you wake up and discover that you are actually a fairy tale princess? In this newest Surface game, Cindy Allen learns that she is actually Cinderella in the fairy tale world, an alternate world that really exists. Help Cindy finds the scattered pages of The Book of Fairy Tales and try to maintain the balance between the real world and the fairy tale world.


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Name: Surface: Lost Tales Collector's Edition
Release Date: 17 June 2016
Developer: Elephant Games

Surface games are usually well-known for their intense plots and supernatural themes. Unlike its more suspenseful predecessors, Surface: Lost Tales is quite light-hearted. It is a unarguable that the fairy tales world in Lost Tales is imaginative and very well-crafted. There you get to fulfill many of your childhood fantasies through much-admired characters and dreamy settings.

The presentation of the game is also wonderful. The graphics are detailed and gorgeous, both in the real world and in the fairy tale world. We also found the animations and the special effects to be very professional and polished. Moreover, Elephant rarely disappoints when it comes to the sounds. The soundtracks in Lost Tales work well with the events in the game and the voice-overs are character-appropriate.

What troubles us the most about Surface: Lost Tales is its 'cute factor'. Lost Tales seems like a better fit for the developer's discontinued Unfinished Tales series instead of the normally-serious Surface series. The random connections between different fairy tale storylines and the Cheshire Cat helper add to the game's childish feeling.

Regardless, Surface: Lost Tales is an entertaining game. While the gameplay is quite predictable, it is smooth and keeps us busy at all times. Further, hidden object scenes are also very neat. The difficulty is just right and the variety is impressive. The puzzles might be less creative and engaging, but they do integrate well with the storyline.

Nonsense aside, we thoroughly enjoyed the four hours of the main game, as well as the one-hour bonus chapter. The Collector's Edition also offers a strategy guide, wallpapers, screensavers, concept art, soundtracks, achievements, collectibles, replayable hidden object scenes and replayable puzzles.

Some might find it a little silly, but we found the change in mood quite refreshing. Surface: Lost Tales is definitely fun for all members of the family, although the overly-buoyant theme might bother some of the series' fans.

Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars

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