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Lost Nova (2022) is an adventure game where you explore an alien planet searching for resources to fix your spaceship. With no enemies or time limits, you take your time interacting with the local sentient vegetables, completing side missions, and exploring the rich and varied landscape. What sets it apart is how the world changes as as you create a community; characters appear in different places, new dialogue becomes available and buildings appear.

You play Mia, a daring space adventurer who crashlands on a strange planet. As you explore the four different biomes, each containing a vital resource, you use your laser to break rocks and collect items, and your jetpack to jump across cavernous gaps to reach new areas. Along the way, you encounter the planet's inhabitants and can complete optional quests for them and restore their town.

Your quest is to collect enough of each of the four key resources to craft upgrades to your ship. The controls are similar to a twin-stick shooter, with the direction of your laser and your movement being independent. The first biome introduces you to the laser and the core mechanics, such as pushing blocks around to unlock secrets, and then each subsequent area introduces new elements; for example, in the water section, you use your laser to propel you across the water's surface, and others focus on platforming where you use your jetpack to move across floating islands. Once you've gathered enough of each resource, you can deposit them in your spaceship and craft the necessary upgrades to get you back into the stars.

The result is a game that invites you to explore a unique and vibrant world at your own pace without fear of enemies. It's a good alternative to games like Crashlands but without the violence.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Lost Nova 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 9 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Traversal game with Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete. However, after you complete the main quest, there's still plenty more to do, offering several more hours of play.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With no enemies to fight, you don't need quick reactions to be able to play.


Lost Nova usually costs £12.79.

Lost Nova

Steam Store PC £12.79
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/05/2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Traversal (Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy)

Accessibility: 20 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Hand-Made and Open World

Developer: Encifer (@Encifer)

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