Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game
| 1 Player / 2-4 Players (local multiplayer/co-operative play) | Out Now (North America) | 500 Nintendo Points
WiiWare | Ateam Inc.
Controller Compatibility: Wii Remote (pointer)
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25th October 2010; By KnucklesSonic8
5 Spots Party, you're probably not really anxious to go forth and buy yet another game. Depending on what your circumstances are, though, you may want to re-consider. If you're looking for something the whole family can enjoy, you may want to give this a try.
The simplistic story behind "Adventure on Lost Island" should be pretty self-explanatory. After all, the title does give it all away. Basically, you find yourself marooned on an island after a thunderstorm leaves you shipwrecked, lost at sea. Upon waking up, you're introduced to a fairy who promises to get you home once you earn enough star power. It's a bit silly for anyone over the age of 10 or so, but I suppose the typical gamer wouldn't expect a deep story out of a game like this.
There are over 10 different stages, each featuring different environments and gimmicks. And in each of those stages, you'll have a list of items at the bottom of the screen that you'll need to keep an eye out for. At the conclusion of a level, you can earn up to three stars for your troubles. The amount of star power you earn depends on how quick you can discover the hidden objects, and how you carry out your search. If you start going crazy and clicking everything you catch sight of, you're going to get some serious infractions for your inefficiency. The game will also display relevant statistics including the amount of misses incurred, and the total amount of time you took to complete the level.
Now, one of the cool features in this game is the fact that each of the levels have a sense of interactivity to them. Rather than having stagnant images like a Where's Waldo book, you'll have items moving across the visual plane, secondary elements coming in from the sides to distract you, that sort of thing. For instance, in one level, players are tasked with looking for constellations in a night sky that's constantly moving, and with colours changing frequently. I appreciated these eventful gimmicks for what they were, as they made the game more involved. Had it not been for this key element, I imagine the game would be less challenging and, ultimately, not as much fun.
In addition to the normal hide-and-seek stages, there's also a small number of stages that vie for slightly different gameplay altogether. These play out more like mini-games where you're trying to fight off ghosts, defeat a dragon, or participate in a special event during the Credit Roll. I liked that they tried to add some variety with these missions, but in all honesty, they're not that great. Anyone who's not a child will see right through them for their thin premises and tedious experiences.
The visuals in this game are colourful and definitely targeted towards the casual audience. The bubbly fonts and simple dialog boxes aren't hard on the eyes, and nice for younger audiences to look at. A similar effort has been put forth into the in-game audio which is utterly forgettable (as should be expected), but it does get the job done.
Playing by yourself, it's easy to complete the game in less than 40 minutes with little trouble. Naturally, the timing differs depending on your age, but all the same, this isn't a lengthy game by any means. What makes this title work well despite this is its multiplayer focus, effectively increasing the game's longevity and replay value. If you can manage to get four players involved, it's fun to go through all of the levels together. You can choose to co-operate and try to obtain Star Power on all the stages, or try to be victorious over everyone else in a friendly competition. Under the right conditions, Adventure on Lost Island can be fun to boot up on occasion when amongst family members. So, if you're looking for a strong single-player component to hold you over, go look elsewhere.
All things considered, Adventure on Lost Island: Hidden Object Game is a good buy. There's some good variety in here mixed in with mechanics that should be well known to those who love playing these kinds of games. The best part of the game comes in the form of the interactive twists that the developers have employed to keep players both young and old engaged over the course of a game. Its short length shouldn't be that big of an issue if you're looking to grab this for its multiplayer appeal, in which case you and your family might have a good time with this. However, I'm sure some will tire of this game over time. But if you have 500 Points, you'll find Ateam's third WiiWare game is pretty enjoyable.
20/30 - Good
Gameplay 7/10 - An engaging experience thanks to the interactivity of the different levels, contains some tedious mission objectives
Presentation 6/10 - Pretty decent in both visuals and music, colourful yet not to an overpowering degree, silly story
Enjoyment 4/5 - Fun with family members, especially enjoyable for the kids, some nice variety, can become stale
Extra Content 3/5 - Over 10 stages, can beat the game rather quickly, multiplayer gives the game legs to stand on
Equivalent to a score of 67% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating)