If you're looking to play something out of the ordinary then I have a treat for you; here's the incredibly imaginative Lost in Random.
Lost in Random has you play as a little girl named Even after her sister Odd gets kidnapped by the evil queen. So, you head out on an adventure in the hopes of rescuing her. Along the way, you'll meet loads of distinct characters; many of which seem ripped straight from a twisted storybook. In fact, the entire world within Lost in Random feels like you're in such a book complete with dilapidated structures made out of unconventional materials all covered in a coloured haze. To make the world even more immersive, there's a very talented voice cast that makes each character come to life whether they're speaking English or gibberish. Overall, I'm extremely impressed with the world that Lost in Random presents and imagine that it's almost as entertaining to merely watch as it is to play.
Speaking of playing, Lost in Random features a very clever and out of the ordinary gameplay formula. You basically run around as Even who can interact with people and objects as well as fire her slingshot at pots for additional coins. Then, whenever you confront enemies, you gather energy by shooting crystals that are attached to them. Once you get enough, you can roll a die which pauses the action and grants you points that you can spend on cards. In this phase, you can freely choose which cards to play and sneak an extra hit in which will immediately make the gameplay return to battle. Well, I explained that much better than I thought I'd be able to! 😅
As for the cards, they correspond to various weapons that Even can utilize for a limited time as well as bombs and boosts such as healing, shields, temporary buffs, and acquiring additional points. There is a large variety of cards although I mostly stuck with what I found to work best such as giant mallets that stagger enemies and arrows that can take care of flying foes. Thankfully, the combat remains fresh and exciting throughout thanks to gathering more cards and upgrading your die to have extra pips on its surfaces. Oh, and the enemies range from ankle biters to colossal robotic guards and a collection of intimidating bosses which helps keep things fun, too.
Outside of combat, you'll complete oodles of missions for NPCs; some of which are necessary to advance the story while others are optional and will reward you with coins or a new card. Trying to complete everything can be quite challenging, especially considering the fact that there isn't much sense of direction in Lost in Random. It's very easy for me to get lost in games so the barebones map and vague objectives often made me frustrated as I wandered around aimlessly while trying to figure out what to do next. To make matters even more maddening, all of the side-quests are missable because you can't return to any area once you advance the story.
Finally, Lost in Random has some ridiculously annoying moments that are caused by glitches and poor design. First, let me say that I appreciate the variety of enemy confrontations as you'll end up battling foes in arenas as well as via a clever board game setup which is just awesome as you carefully fight guards while rolling the die to move your game piece around. With all of that in mind, many of these confrontations can last an exceptionally long time so perishing near the end will make you tense up with rage for sure. Therefore, imagine how irritating it is to actually complete a long battle only to watch a bomb go off in Even's face during the dialogue scene at the end where you have no control over her then have to start it all over again. Believe it or not, that happened to me twice.
Even with its faults, there's simply no denying just how special of a game Lost in Random is. From its awe-inspiring world to its ingenious gameplay, there's a lot to love in this incredible and memorable albeit often-frustrating adventure.
- + Incredibly inventive gameplay that remains challenging and enjoyable
- + Awesome voice acting and twisted world
- + Loads of cards and upgrades to unlock
- - Some truly maddening moments and glitches
- - Wandering around aimlessly gets annoying
- - Far too many missables throughout