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If you're in the market for an arcade-style survival game with an intriguing narrative then you'll enjoy your time with Lost Orbit.
The constant need to speed up, turn, avoid, or utilize level features at break neck speeds all conspire to make your moves instinctual. It's possible to get "in the zone," with this game, where you hit that Zen state where your hands know what to do faster than your brain does.
When we first launched Lost Orbit, we didn't expect to be treated to such a mesmerising experience. The game's lack of attacking options forced us to think differently about our approach and in turn, made us fear every obstacle in our path. When the engrossing gameplay is combined with the beautiful visuals and satisfying soundtrack, you get a game that delivers in every single way. While we did suffer from some problems with the controls in the first few levels and the upgrade tree is on the short side, these problems aren't enough to take away from the fantastic experience of playing Lost Orbit.
LOST ORBIT can be fun, even majestic when it hits its stride, but a steady lack of creativity shoots it down from reaching its full potential. The story of Harrison is touching and memorable, presented with such conviction and honesty that you might mistake its dialogue for that of an award-winning sci-fi novel.
Cool concept and well executed, Lost Orbit is worth your attention.
In its small, colourful world, Lost Orbit maxes out, delivering a satisfying and fun race through space, gleefully navigating obstacles with reckless abandon.
If you're looking for a game that will test your reflexes, Lost Orbit is your game. Developer PixelNAUTS has brought together a fine group of programmers, story tellers, and musicians to craft a genuinely enjoyable, challenging, and even uplifting adventure that you'll want to replay in order to perfect each level.
If you can get past the audio (preferably by simply turning it off), Lost Orbit is fun and occasionally exciting but not particularly original. There are no doubt hundreds of similar games to grind and master every angle, and this one is fine enough but it's not really memorable in a good way. Perhaps one of Null's soliloquies sums it up best: "for a long time I've considered the truth: that it wouldn't matter if I didn't exist."
Lost Orbit features an endearing story that is wrapped in a wonderful package with great attention to detail. However, even at 40 levels, the game is over too soon and the wonky controls can be problematic for a genre that requires lighting fast timing. It's a good game that tells a narrative that will stick in my heart long after I've forgotten about the gameplay.
Its story of unlikely friendship isn't up to par with The Fox and the Hound, just as its attempt at black humour never hits Harold and Maude, but Lost Orbit knows how to give one hell of an adrenaline rush. Speed runners, risk takers, and thrill seekers will all be sorely disappointed to miss out here – but everyone else can pass.