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Our overall verdict "gold"

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An epic lost in space adventure

There are some games that go that bit further than just bringing a decent gaming challenge. Now and then, little gems appear from the ether and break the mould. There is nothing better than when a game gives you an experience you really were not expecting, especially when it’s one that is as gripping, beautiful and emotional as Lost Orbit.

The story tells of futuristic space worker Harrison, who finds himself parted from his destroyed ship and is left suspended in the dark corners of space, alone and lost. Only the cold vast empty surroundings are here to accompany you, fearless young friend. I say friend because as the game quiclky rolls out you’ll instantly connect and feel for this awesome little guy. As he opens his heart, you’ll get swallowed in.

Lost Orbit is a scrolling space adventure where you’ll be controlling Harrison through 40 levels set in a moody dark galaxy. He’ll meet certain perils and situations that need to be bypassed if he’s to reach home. The beauty of Lost Orbit is Canadian developers PixelNauts don’t throw ridiculously hard challenges or barriers at you to stop your enjoyment. Lost Orbit has a gracious flow to the game from start to finish that is a sheer joy to play out and experience.

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Throughout your journey you’ll need to dodge lasers, bullets, huge meteor showers and zap through worm holes all while scoring upwards and beyond. Gameplay is simple and beautiful. You’ll race thought segments and complete many levels on your first attempt but Lost Orbit is not about challenging feats of skill. Lost Orbit excels as a fast paced, story driven title that comes with an incredibly narrated story that brings so much more feel and emotion to each part of the journey. As you float through the atmosphere you’ll learn more about our little hero, his life and mind set.

Manoeuvring Harrison is a joy. Slipping off the far side of the screen and appearing on the other side is a clever and necessary little trick that you’ll be introduced to early on. As mentioned earlier, the learning curve is a fair one, never really testing you too much. You will sail through the game, but don’t let this worry you, it’s just another plus Lost Orbit gives you. Lost Orbit wants you to complete its story mode in one sitting, and doing so will take you between three to four hours. We recommend you do the same. Who pauses their favourite movie to watch next week?

As you thrust upwards, Harrison also needs to salvage Obtainium. In return for collecting these you’re rewarded with a graded finish. You can either collect these as you play though the story mode or simply return afterwards. Collecting these gems is not just about bragging rights either. They also provide you with the option of buying upgrades, serving as the in space currency. Here you can tinker with Harrison’s abilities to the max. And don’t forget time trial mode. After seeing the story out, there are still many reasons to come back to Lost Orbit.

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While some developers make a big song and dance about how their game is the next big thing, PixelNauts do things differently and sell themselves with a more humble approach, instead letting the game do the talking. Put simply, Lost Orbit nails all the right elements – a beautiful look, an out of this world soundtrack and a fearless main character, all accompanied by a truly engrossing story.

CONCLUSION

Lost Orbit is a short yet essential experience that is as beautiful as any constellation you could see. The lovechild of Velocity Ultra and Thomas Was Alone, Lost Orbit could quite possibly be contender for indie game of the year.

Lizard rating 9/10

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