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Play involves guiding the brother and sister through the world, interacting with objects, talking to people and collecting useful items. You soon discover not all is as it seems. You explore the enchanted forest of a horned beast, start a rebellion in a goblin village, and help a team of frogs free a sword from a stone. There's the usual point-and-click collection, inventory management and use of objects to progress through the world. But there are also more classic puzzles to solve. These grow from simple lock challenges to 30 fully-fledged mini-games. Play cards with goblins, build a dragon and teach a sheep how to fly.
The result is an Alice in Wonderland world to adventure in with hearty sibling rivalry and teamwork. It's a lovely story that engages players as much through interactions and characters as with cut scenes. Ideal to play with all the family on a Sunday afternoon.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Lost In Play 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated yesterday.
There is one scene where you construct a magic spell to conjure an image of yourself and trap a monster. It's light-hearted but does have silhouettes of heads on spikes in the background. This all clearly happens in the imagination.
There is an image of a child playing in a washing machine as part of the end credits of the game.
7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The story book narrative and aesthetic make this attractive to younger players. Although there are some challenges in the mini-games and adventure it's a game that works well for youngsters.
Lost In Play
On mobile you can try the first levels for free, than make a single in-game purchase to buy the rest of the game.
Release Date: 10/08/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Accessibility: 23 features
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon