The 60 Sec­ond Pitch

Turn­ing the page with Mark Back­ler

Games Master - - Indiemaster -

Lost Words is a nar­ra­tive ad­ven­ture set be­tween the pages of a diary and the fan­tasy land of Es­to­ria. It features a story writ­ten by Rhi­anna Pratch­ett and ties the nar­ra­tive into the game­play in an un­usual way, by hav­ing the player run­ning on and in­ter­act­ing with words to solve puz­zles.

Play­ers ex­plore the diary of young, as­pir­ing writer Izzy and help her weave her tale about the fan­tasy world of Es­to­ria, which the player then gets to live out – tak­ing on the role of a young adventurer des­per­ately quest­ing to save her vil­lage.

In this world you can use the ac­tual words Izzy’s writ­ten to af­fect your en­vi­ron­ment, such as burn­ing ob­sta­cles out of your way us­ing the word ‘fire’, or us­ing the word ‘hope’ to il­lu­mi­nate your way through dark cav­erns. At cer­tain points you make choices by drag­ging dif­fer­ent words into place, such as choos­ing the name of the pro­tag­o­nist in the fan­tasy world, and these af­fect the whole story. Each chap­ter in the game be­gins in the diary and then tran­si­tions into Es­to­ria.

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