The Lost City Review

The Lost City
By Fire Maple Games

The Lost City title

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Fire Maple Games, the makers of The Secret of Grisly Manor, recently returned to the point-and-click genre with a much longer and more satisfying game, called The Lost City. Those who were disappointed with the length of the first game may be hesitant to purchase, but there’s no need to be. Here’s why.

Gameplay: 5/5
The game mechanics of the Lost City are of your typical room escape or point-and-click adventures games. You explore your surrounding, picking up items and uncovering clues to solve puzzles. The touch controls in the Lost City are very responsive and intuitive. If you’re used to point-and-click adventures, you shouldn’t have any trouble jumping right into this game.

The Lost City
The game does require a lot of exploring and backtracking. There are many screens to “walk” through, and you’ll even have to change the seasons back and forth for certain puzzles. But the loading times are practically nonexistent, so I found it a pleasure to roam around, looking for clues in the gorgeous outdoor environments. Quick transitions between screens make all the difference in games like this, keeping you from getting frustrated with the exploration process. I really appreciated that Fire Maple Games managed to keep it so smooth without having to sacrifice visual quality.


There’s also a journal that marks down clues for you, so you don’t have to memorize them. This, along with an in-game hint system and a map of sorts, should allow even adventure newbies to enjoy the game without too much frustration.

One thing that bothered me was the lack of backgrounding/multitask capabilities, so if you leave the app, you’ll have to start from the loading screen. But again, the loading times are so quick that this is only a minor nuisance.

Story: 3/5
There isn’t much of a story here, and you won’t really encounter any characters on your journey. This is a quiet, meditative game that offers more puzzle than story.

Graphics: 5/5
The scenery in the Lost City is almost photo-realistic. It feels like you’re exploring actual ruins. The changing seasons add another dimension to it, keeping the scenery fresh. The snow and rain never lag and look perfectly natural. playing on my iPhone and it looks great, but it makes me wish I had an iPad! The colors are lush and all the items are crisp and clear. And if you can’t tell what an item is, there are descriptions. The text is also very clear, so you should have an easy time reading it even on a small screen.

The Lost City

Audio: 4/5
The music in the Lost City is relaxing and captures the mood of the game, but I found it a bit bland. But it wasn’t irritating, so it didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the game.
The sound effects are done beautifully, from the running water to breaking rocks. They help to bring the whole experience together and make it feel realistic.

Replay Value: 2/5
Like most point-and-click adventure games, you likely won’t play it more than once. The fun is in solving all the puzzles and then moving on. But the Lost City offers a good variety of puzzles and exploration that should give you your money’s worth. While most of the puzzles don’t present a huge challenge, the unique elements such as changing seasons, extend the length of the game considerably.

Conclusion: 4.5/5
If you’re a room escape fan or point-and-click adventure fan, you’ll want to give the Lost City a try. Quality games in the genre are hard to come by, and this one really delivers. With the seamless gameplay and gorgeous graphics, you won’t want this game to end. In fact, it might seem too short simply because you want more if it. But that shouldn’t keep you from trying this nearly-perfect game. If you love to quietly explore and solve puzzles at your own pace, go download the Lost City right now!

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If you liked this game, try these other room escape and point-and-click adventures.

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Morgy
8 years ago

This game is great! However, I am completely stumped at the part where you dig up the box with the flowers and are supposed to use your golden snake clue to change the colors of the flowers in order to get the crank inside. I can’t open it! The clue doesn’t make any sense to me. I have been trying to figure it out since yesterday and it’s driving me crazy! I love this game and I want to keep playing but I am seriously stuck. HELP!

G-Unit 32
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

dude that didnt help at all im so confused just tell me how to open the box.

Aweb
Reply to  G-Unit 32
8 years ago

I have tried everything! I know that there are 3 green, 2 blue and 1 red, but how does it open! Help me out please

richard
Reply to  Morgy
8 years ago

were do you get the plug for the ornate spout so you can use the key to the floating box?? help!!!!!

Morgy
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I have used the hint system and tried one red, two blue, and three green, in their “designated” (so it would seem, according to the clue) spots. Still nothing. Am I supposed to do something else for it to open??

Morgy
Reply to  Morgy
8 years ago

Oh wait……I think I may have just figured it out…..

Inna
Reply to  Morgy
8 years ago

I’m stumped too. Do you mind posting a clue?

Inna
Reply to  Inna
8 years ago

Got it! πŸ™‚

Mustangjeep12
Reply to  Morgy
8 years ago

What is it?? I’ve tried everything!!

sandy
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

hey there!
I am new to these games and clearly not as good as others! Luv it but…keep getting stumped.cant find summer or autumn. dont think ive properly finished the winter puzzle and cant seem to move on.i saw a thing that said something must be under here in the snow once but never found it again and musn’t have had the right tool at the time. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Brandy
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I’m stuck! I used the rusty key to open the floating box… and I got the amber heart stone on screen 22. The hint tells me to pick the spring flower on screen 39 next. There isn’t one there.

Pipa
8 years ago

Morgy or anyone else… I am stumped at the exact same part… It’s like I draw completely blank. Tried to figure out what color goes where and I know that there are 1 red, 2 blue and 3 green… But it seems not to work! Pleeeeeeaaaaaaseeeee help!
Thank you!

Pipa
Reply to  Pipa
8 years ago

Uh, no!!! I got it! Number of leaves… that really helped… just had to find out! Thank you

Trav
8 years ago

Ok, I must be really blind. Can anyone tell me where this supposed spring flower is on page 39? I’ve changed to spring, a have the blue-winter flower, the orange-summer flower and the purple-autumn flower. But can’t for the life of me find the spring flower! πŸ™

Trav
8 years ago

Never mind! Found it! Page 26.

f4fari87
Reply to  Trav
8 years ago

Where buddy I am still unable to find it?

wroe
Reply to  Trav
8 years ago

I in spring went to both screen 26 & 39. I still can not find red flower. PLEASE HELP! THX

wroe
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Where on. Screen 26?

jean
8 years ago

Help,for some strange reason my journal will not open.All of my other inventory will open/ desription of item.When I tap on journal,after openinginventory it just closes.I can not see into the journal or ofcourse get into hints.I have managed to each statue and activate ea j season.It worked time last night but now when finally have time to play I need some help.My map all other inventory opens as should. Help.

Lydia
8 years ago

I am in winter and I can’t find page 39 to change to summer. What am I missing? Thanks!

noah
8 years ago

hey. so i have to open this box which a
has somthing importAnt inside but i cant open it because i cant solve the password. please tell me how i beg you!!!!

noah
8 years ago

the box with 6flowers whats the code cant find it!

Char
8 years ago

I can’t for the life of me find page 35.. Please help x

Emma
8 years ago

How do I get across to the island on screen 20??

Lynn
8 years ago

I’m not sure what I did wrong in the sun cave. I used the silver bowl to try and illuminate the sun but it is just sitting on the bed of flowers. What am I doing wrong?

Lynn
Reply to  Lynn
8 years ago

Thanks!!!

Emma
8 years ago

I’m really stuck and think its because I need to go to the island but no idea how to get there. Any ideas please?? X

Krista
8 years ago

I cant use the rope to get into the well. The hint tells me to us the rope and when I try it says ” That wont work here”.
Please help…..

Trav
8 years ago

Emma, change the season to winter. Then u can just walk across to the island as the water has frozen.

Emma
Reply to  Trav
8 years ago

Thank u!! πŸ™‚ been driving me mad

Ida
8 years ago

I can not get the last flower i have the blue, the orange and the purple, Were is the last one please help me

Zoey
8 years ago

How do i douse the fire in scene 19 when plug in on statue’s mouth so i can use charcoal to see unreadable code?

richard
Reply to  Zoey
8 years ago

hey where do you get the plug from for the ornate spout?

chriistina
8 years ago

It won’t let me go down the well in 6. I have the rope I don’t know what to do.. help please. To douse fire change season and use the well pump.

Georgia
8 years ago

I can’t find the blue flower can anybody help????

Richard
8 years ago

Page 26 for the plug?? Where abouts in the screen is it I still can’t find it πŸ™

PEPA
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I canΒ΄t get the plug on screen 12. How do I get it? It does not leave me take it normally

Guillaume
8 years ago

U helped me yesterday i understood that i need a rope TO go in the well but i dont find Any rope…. Something WITH the seasons
Maybe?

Francesca
8 years ago

I can’t get down the well in screen 6, but I’m not sure if it’s a bug or not. Is there anything you definitely need to do to be able to go down? I’ve double checked that I’ve done everything it says to do in the hint guide but it still won’t let me go down – it says that ‘that won’t work here’, ‘maybe you need to try something else’ and ‘that item seems to have no effect’ etc. Can anyone help?

Hannah
8 years ago

Hello, trying to dig up box on page 26 but dont know where to dig. Cant find it anywhere! Thanks if you can help!

Nic
8 years ago

I’m stuck on the puzzle at the bottom of the well on screen 8 I think?! Any help please