Aug 13, 2012

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Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings Review

Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings Review

It is every mother’s worst nightmare: her son, captured by an evil wizard and trapped inside a painting. Well, it is at least the worst nightmare for the mother in Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings. The mother is sent on an adventure to retrieve pieces of the painting of her son that have been strewn across fantasy lands, which also happen to be inside paintings. Once she has collected all the pieces, she will defeat the wizard and her son will be returned.

That is a pretty basic story for a very basic game. Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings is an “I-Spy” adventure game where you interact with different fantasy characters and worlds to save your son. That is as far as the story goes. Even when you do get your son back, the ending is so weak you don’t even care. The game could have benefited more if it had more story depth.

The gameplay is very casual friendly with some fun puzzles, though. Throughout the game you touch and swipe to reveal hidden objects and insert missing items needed to complete levels. The game borders on being too easy, however. The landscape will light up where you have to “tap” next and a “Hint” button is always available to you if you just cannot figure it out. Even without these features helping, the levels are easy enough to figure out by yourself without many problems. Also, nothing is really stopping you from randomly tapping the board to find items; you can complete puzzles by doing this most of the time.

Thankfully, no real gameplay bugs exist in the game aside from an annoying one where you must insert a key into a door in the first level. The bug has been reported and will be taken care of soon.

The game sadly also lacks decent voice acting and has buggy sound. The voice acting is either down-right bad or just boring, and a lot of times the sound gets cut off at the end of a voice acting clip. The music of the world suits the game, but can get very repetitive. The same three to four music clips were used for everything in the game.

The graphics of the game are very artistic and I think are the game’s best asset. Each world and puzzle is a site to behold. It helps take away from the weak story and allows you to become involved more in each separate puzzle.

Because this is a casual iPad and iPhone game, it only took a few hours to complete. You do have the option of upgrading to the collector’s edition for more levels if you are interested. Because it is an iOS game, G5 integrated Facebook into the game where you have the ability to post the in-game achievements online.

Overall, I feel the game failed to deliver on a few different levels: it was too easy, had a weak story, and had very poor voice acting. If at the least the game was a bit more challenging, I probably would be more forgiving on the other aspects. On the bright side, the worlds are beautiful and some of the puzzles can be fun to figure out, but it was difficult to stay interested in the game; I think even the most casual of casual gamers would say the same.

Lost Souls: Enchanted Paintings
Platform: iOS
Genre: Puzzle adventure
Release Date: August 2, 2011
Developer: G5 Entertainment
iTunes Rating: 4+
MSRP: $4.99 (iPad), $2.99 (iPhone/iPod Touch)