If you’ve ever played a good escape game then you will want to dive headfirst into Forgotten Places – Lost Circus HD, a puzzle and logic game with incredible high definition graphics. The world you enter is shrouded in secrecy, and only through completing challenging mini-games and finding once forgotten and lost objects will you solve the mystery of the Lost Circus.
The game has an extremely deep storyline that is easy to follow throughout play, but for those who prefer the simple joys of finding things and logic mini-games, there is an option to skip all the cut scenes. Players start out in the present and conscious day, where the circus has been abandoned and run down for quite some time, but intermittently we are transported to the colorful and enchanting dream world to help the circus find their lost tiger cub.
The items to find and the puzzles start out easy and depending on the difficulty chosen at the beginning, have the potential to get very much harder along the way. Be sure not to forget about the hint function in the top left corner, but also remember not to rely on it too much because it takes time to recharge. If you get stuck on a puzzle and the hints aren’t helping, there is also a skip option that will solve the puzzle for you and keeps the story flowing.
While we are in the dream of our heroine Joy, we help out a number of characters who all have their own plan of how to get their spectacular tiger cub back to the circus. The useful objects that you are asked to find however, are not come upon so simply. Whenever players look for one specific item, they first have to clear the space of other items as well. In most new areas a puzzle will pop up and must be solved to continue but fear not, for most of them can be skipped or hints can be used before frustration ever sets in. Also, be prepared to solve puzzles in the real world that help you advance through the run down version of the circus getting you one step closer to solving the strange quandary.
What I liked: The graphics are the first thing anyone will notice about the game, and for good reason. Additionally, Forgotten Places – Lost Circus is of epic length, very much unlike the two minutes worth of amusement you can get out of most online escape games, so it is good for long trips or a rainy day inside.
What I didn’t like: Some of the logic puzzles had an all or nothing skip option to them; I would rather see a hint button that could get you on your way rather than completing the whole thing for you.
To buy or not to buy: If you’re like me and love escape games, this is one that you won’t soon put down. With different levels of difficulty there are hours of fun to be had tapping your way through the circus in both its forms. This game is for all ages, strengthening logic for anyone who plays.
- App Name: Forgotten Places – Lost Circus HD
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Andriy Pertsov
- Price: $4.99