Well, I never played the first one, but I heard it was really good, so I decided to go out on a limb and give it a shot.
While on a cruise ship, a terrible storm hits the boat that you are on, and you are washed ashore of an unknown island. Armed with only your wits, and physical strength, it is up to you to work together with the only other survivor to make it off the island.
Sounds a bit cliche, ya? Well, it gets better. First off, for being a DS game, the whole thing is 3D. The DS is a very powerful handheld it seems, and is quite capable of squeezing out graphics slightly better than the N64. I’ve not played through the whole game yet, but the island is MASSIVE. There is plenty to do to keep you occupied.
The game starts you off by asking which character you wish to play as. The boy (Jack) and the girl (Amy) are both used, but whom you pick not only determines the outcome of the game, but who you primarily control. The game has multiple endings according to how you interact with the other character. Its very interesting though. The game has 4 gauges, provided on the top screen. The first is a stamina, which determines whether or not you can run, and what activities you can perform. The second is a hunger meter, which is self explanatory. The third is a thirst meter, again very self explanatory. Should any of these three fall to 0%, then you affect the fourth meter, which is your HP.
The game is challenging at first. Trying to find a balance of progressing through the story, and keeping your characters fed and watered is really hard. It takes a long time to fish or gather fruits and vegetables, but it takes even longer to explore, and there are only so many hours in a day. The mixture feels just right though, and once I got the hang of it, I didn’t find it to be a nuisance, but rather a new and refreshing challege.
There is one drawback that I’ve noticed so far. During certain parts of the game (such as when its raining), there have been parts where the game actually slows down. Its a little annoying, but not exactly something to make the game not worthwhile. If you own a DS, and are either a fan of Konami or are looking for a game with a new type of feel to it, Lost In Blue 2 is the way to go.
8.0 / 10.0