Race to unearth the mystery of a forgotten civilization and rescue your kidnapped fiancé in this atmospheric adventure, suitable for beginners and diehards alike, which features a haunting blend of puzzle-solving and investigation.
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Release Date: Apr 15, 2014

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Race to unearth the mystery of a forgotten civilization and rescue your kidnapped fiancé in this atmospheric adventure, suitable for beginners and diehards alike, which features a haunting blend of puzzle-solving and investigation. As amateur archaeologist Sarah, journey from the dark corners of Prague to the forgotten chapters of Mayan civilization as you solve clever puzzles and unravel ancient secrets that could lead to proof that alien life exists on Earth. Featuring over 120 richly-detailed and animated scenes, haunting sound effects, and a refreshing variety of challenges ranging from point-and-click adventuring to hidden object challenges, the fate of the world rests in your hands.

FEATURES
  • Haunting storytelling and atmosphere
  • Archaeology adventure suitable for all skill levels
  • Blends engaging puzzles and hidden object challenges
  • Over 120 richly-detailed scenes and 30 interactive characters
  • Atmospheric sound and musical score

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 509 MB available space
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Mixed (71 reviews)
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Markus
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
great game with nice graphics
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simdel
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Lost Civilization is a highly watered down HOG version of the excellent Nibiru.

Nibiru was a long, tough and in depth adventure that took me absolutely ages and a lot of thought to finish it. Perhaps about 20 hours

Lost Civilization was over in 3.5 hours. It has the same scenes from Nibiru but in poorer graphics and the real puzzles are gone. Now we just have click click click on murky hidden object scenes to find pointless junk. There's no depth to the dialogues and the intrigue is lacking.

This is a perfect example of how a full, real adventure game can be and is so so so much better than a HOG type game.

Don't play this. Instead, get hold of the fabulous Nibiru.
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osirish
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Very polished hidden object game. Story, voice acting and graphics are above average for the genre. Interesting take on the puzzles with a lot of object "insert" instead of object "find." My only criticisms are the the game is too short, and the puzzles too easy. It is, however, a nice simple introduction to the genre for someone who wants to try something new.
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ReMiX | Haeder Bazooka
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
a cheesy HOG that i forced my self to finish as it really got boring..

pros...
widescreen mode

cons...
short (a little bit more than 2 and half hours)...
the dialouge is mega cheesy and wanna be funny at some parts...
had a bug at the last puzzle that couldnt make me finish so i had to skip it...
low-res graphics....

i would only recommend it if u get it out of a cheap bundle like i did other wise nope...

i do not recommend it
3/10
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ctwmitch
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
Not a good one, but for relax playing........................
Ok, it is still ok.
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curiopun
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
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RaZeL :D \\ Businessman
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Short, very easy and dull. Puzzles are designed for young children.
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Kafkaesque Pariah
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Look, it's not gonna win any HOG game of the years...but it's a good game. Yeah, the story is a bit wonky, but the puzzles are innovative and not stale. Reverse hidden objects were really fun and though there was a lack of map, there was not too much back and forth. A good game, and worth it if it's on sale in some capacity. Now, if the point of playing a HOG for you is the storyline, then, sure, don't do it...but if your interest is in hidden object puzzles and interesting twists on the normal HO, then this is a good game for you.
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vardulon
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
When Suzanne's fiancee goes missing in Prague after asking for her help in explaining what a Mayan artifact was doing in the middle of Europe, it's up to the player to help her save the day! This will be accomplished by lying to, stealing from, and in one case, actually poisoning the innocent bystanders who stand in her way. Adventure games with jerk protagonists are nothing new, but Suzanne is a special kind of self-centered a-hole. I understand that her cause is essentially just, but wow, is it strange how quick she is to deceive and inconvenience people to suit her own interests. Also, there's a part where she uses firecrackers to scare of some pigeons, presumably deafening them, when the same end could have been accomplished by simply walking up to them, waving her arms and going 'shoo'. So yes, I was a little uncomfortable with her as a main character.

Also, the game takes weird liberties with the hidden object formula, which I'll get into in the Hidden Object Criteria!

Criteria 1: To what degree do the puzzle screens look like a thrift store vomited on my monitor?

The game's developers obviously knew this was an issue, so they largely force Suzanne to find items in piles of garbage. This happens so often that it's actually kind of a theme in the game - there's a recycling station that people haven't been respecting very well, two dumpsters, a river that people use as a dump, even a net full of random items that have been dredged out of the ocean. It's nice to see developers putting in the effort of trying to come up with places which would have items to pick over, but sad to see that all they could come up with is trash heap after trash heap after trash heap.

Criteria 2: Are the searches justified by the premise/story?

Not in the least - and in a very strange way. While most games ask players to remove a variety of items from a pile of nonsense in order to find the item they need to proceed, Lost Civilization tasks them primarily with filling trash heaps with even more garbage. Sure, from time to time there's a classic 15-1 item search, but about as often the player will be handed an inventory full of random items, and match them with something on the screen that they're related to. Not only is this less entertaining than making items disappear, it makes considerably less narrative sense. Where are these extra items coming from? What is accomplished by adding them to the pile? At least in traditional HOSs there's a narrative figleaf in which we can imagine removing three armloads worth of items helps us locate the thing we're really looking for - even if it was right there in the middle of the screen all along. These 'Added Object Sceens' don't track in any way, shape, or form.

Criteria 3: How well do the various puzzles and object searches meld together to form a coherent whole?

The developers do a decent enough job here. While adding garbage to scenes never makes any kind of sense, it's always in service of perfectly logical, if slightly dickish, goals. The game also moves along at very brisk pace. It's only two hours long, but in that time Suzanne will explore two major and three minor locations, go through more than a dozen HOSs and AOSs, as well as deal with puzzles that fit right in with the world in which the game takes place. As a narrative it has more than a few holes - no one ever really explains what Nibiru has to do with anything, and Suzanne is perhaps the most incurious archaeologist in the history of fiction, but by and large the story works as a frame to hang the various activities on.

While Lost Civilization is nowhere near the top of my list of Hidden Object Games, it's extremely professionally produced and never gets frustrating. This is largely due to something that I feel like the game should have singled out in its marketing - it has perhaps the fastest-recharging hint button I've ever encountered! I don't imagine players will need it that often, what with the HOSs being fairly large and easy to navigate, but it's nice to see the game letting players opt out of frustrating puzzles if they just want to get to the end. With its strange, wrongheaded innovations Lost Civilization isn't setting the world on fire, but there's much worse out there.

Also, the game features no Lost Civilization. Just a couple of Mayan pyramids.
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Mongoloid Mike
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
Not very good
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psychobunny89
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 9
Not a bad wee hidden object puzzle game. The story wasn't all that bad, the could've had other characters voice played like the main character was but other than that good graphics and was entertaining :)
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*****1987
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 8
You play as an international artifact smuggler and a part time pimp that really really loves to travel. You also enjoy night walks and buckets of water.
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Fleur de Skinny
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 12, 2015
Pain to play.

+ different types of hidden object pictures
+ short

- story Nazi / Alien / Maya
- characters unbearable / act stupid
- just two clickable hotspots per picture
- very easy tasks and puzzles / linear
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Stefneh
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: August 30, 2015
Your standard hidden object game, but definitely on the more decent side.

A lot of hidden object games are very similar in story/ mechanics. This one isn’t far off the same old thing.

The story is interesting, although at one point I completely forgot what I was even supposed to be doing at the place I was at. HOG games have always had trouble giving rummaging around a pile of junk some sort of meaning or storyline, so in my opinion when the story lacks a little I don’t mind too much. That said they still have to be interesting enough so that I don’t get painfully bored. *cough* Amazing Adventures Around the World *cough*. This one was definitely no chore to finish.

One thing I did notice with this HOG was that you did a lot more putting-items-back-where-they-are-supposed-to-be then actually finding hidden objects. There was still some of the classic object finding, but it was broken down with this somewhat new approach. I kind of enjoyed there being something new to the mix.

The graphics on this game is something I noticed instantly. In terms of graphics HOGs usually lack pretty hard, they are always low resolutions and pretty crappy animations or graphics. This one however I was quite impressed with. It looks a lot nicer than your average HOG.

Moving onto voice acting, it seemed that sometimes there was needless silences in the game. The characters speak most of the time, yet at random times I found myself reading what seemed like it was supposed to be spoken. Especially at the beginning, it went through a period of no voice acting at all. I just assumed the whole game was going to be like that until it randomly started reading out the same kind of thing I had to read myself.
Anyway, I’m babbling. Of what voice acting there was, it was fairly decent. But it did seem a little on and off.

In terms of puzzles, there was nothing too challenging. Most the game was still a lot of fun. The Hidden object scenes were reasonable and well done.

All in all I liked this one, and think it definitely deserves a positive review. As far as HOGs go, this one I would recommend. If you are a fan of the genre, this will be a nice one for the collection.


TL;DR : A nice HOG with good graphics and a decent story, with decent puzzles and hidden object scenes.
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ZloPseto
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28, 2015
Lost Civilization... strange that such a generic name wasn't taken up already. And yet, here it is. Getting this as ballast in a bundle, I'd never bothered with checking out what this was about before playing it, but still, I had my hopes up after noticing the Phoenix logo...

It wasn't much of a surprise when it turned out it's a hidden object game. While hidden objact games are hardly anyone's favorite genre, usually limited and derivative, they can serve their purpose. This one proved to be a slightly above average and mildly more interesting example. Not much of a body in my opinion - it really shouldn't take you more than 3h to finish it, even on the "hardest difficulty setting". Graphically it's OK to good for the genre in general - some fine locations, musically too (not enthralled by the music, but it didn't grind on my nerves so a +). It should be commended (probably) for mixing things up a little within the genre, featuring 3-4 variations on the object finding theme (like adding stuff to the scene). The script is wafer thin, made even worse by the fact that this is a bit of a limited rehash of a P&C from 2006 - story-wise and especially graphics-wise (neither the first nor the last budget HO game which used graphics and the premise from a full blown adventure game). But, story-wise it's actually a mess. The characters are so one dimensional it's impossible to connect with them in any way, almost insultingly flat - and it boils down to shoddy writing. That's unfortunately almost a norm for the genre, but in this case, the game actually tries to toy with emotions, but fails miserably at conveying them, and you feel no reason for going on except for, the "going on" itself. And "going on" is crazily easy. You are never challenged and anything resembling a puzzle, from the first to the last one, is all too easy, just an illusion of challenge is formed by the limited interaction with the scenery and some pixel hunting...

In the end... well. Most of what I've liked or kinda liked seems to have originated in the original. Most that I didn't like is the game's own. It's an above average game for the style, but I do feel compelled to not recommend it anyway. Only for fans of the genre, and maybe, just maybe, fans of Nibiru.
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Emblem Parade
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2, 2015
A very mediocre hidden-object game.

While the graphics are beautiful, the game-play is barely present. The hidden-object scenes are few and simple. The "puzzles" can barely be called that. I know these casual adventure games aren't supposed to require much thought, but this game doesn't even require a little bit of thought.

The story is very hackneyed and nonsensical, and the genre -- white people as the messiahs for native Mexican problems -- really needs to be put to rest. Also, I ended up really hating the protagonist: she lies at every opportunity to get what she wants.

Play this only if you've finished every other hidden-object game on Steam and really, really need one more. :)
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annatucker123
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29, 2015
can't even play this game , so i want my $ back....................
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Hot Bullet 8
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26, 2015
Overall it's an alright game, 6/10.

Do you enjoy games such as "Where's Waldo" that have you search for certain items in a crowded picture? Then this game is for you! The puzzles are kind of easy and the story is a little meh, but I had around 5h of gameplay due to the search of items in point and click segments with a ton of stuff on each scene.

You don't? Move along.
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Zsozark
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22, 2015
It's not a bad game, but there are plenty of other outer there which are much better. It's a story orientated HOG game with a dumb story and insanely stupid puzzles. Yeah, there are riddles which would have been cut out from an Ed Wood script too, because they were so surreal. So embrace yourselves, there will be many facepalm moments on your journey!

As for the gameplay, it's pretty average. Graphics are fine, everything is user friendly and there's a little twist in the original HOG puzzle too: sometimes you need to find the correct spot for the items in your list. It's fun for a couple of times but since there's no real variety of mini-games it gets boring at the end.

All in all, you can give it a try. Artifex Mundi is better in every way, but I have tried much worse Hidden Object games in the last few months. I don't mind buying and playing with this.

(PS: I've played more than 6 hours with this game, but it's not that long. I was AFK while game was running.)
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DStar7
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2, 2015
I found it an enjoyable and quick casual game. Sound is good, graphics adequate and voice acting bad.
The puzzles and hidden objects are easy to solve, the story is fairly interesting, which makes you want a bit more in the end.

Overall 7/10
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
For a hidden object game, Lost Civilization is a very well-done game, certainly one of the best that I've played. While on the short side (what HOG isn't), the few hours that you spend clicking around the screen is worth the story. And the fact that you do more than just find junk hidden throughout screens that'll make a hoarder blush makes it worth playing. I'd actually consider this title more of a hybrid of HOG and PnC adventure game because it has you solve puzzles in addition to randomly clicking on a cluttered screen. Any fan of hidden object games should feel right at home playing this one.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Too simple and over too quickly. If you can pick it up for around $0.50, then I'd say it might be worth it. But still, it's just an easy little filler point-and-click and hidden object game. Even though it says six hours on record, it probably took me less than an hour total to complete. I am a homeschooler, so I often leave games up while I'm actually taking care of or teaching the kids, cooking, watching T.V., or playing Minecraft.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2015
Your standard hidden object game, but definitely on the more decent side.

A lot of hidden object games are very similar in story/ mechanics. This one isn’t far off the same old thing.

The story is interesting, although at one point I completely forgot what I was even supposed to be doing at the place I was at. HOG games have always had trouble giving rummaging around a pile of junk some sort of meaning or storyline, so in my opinion when the story lacks a little I don’t mind too much. That said they still have to be interesting enough so that I don’t get painfully bored. *cough* Amazing Adventures Around the World *cough*. This one was definitely no chore to finish.

One thing I did notice with this HOG was that you did a lot more putting-items-back-where-they-are-supposed-to-be then actually finding hidden objects. There was still some of the classic object finding, but it was broken down with this somewhat new approach. I kind of enjoyed there being something new to the mix.

The graphics on this game is something I noticed instantly. In terms of graphics HOGs usually lack pretty hard, they are always low resolutions and pretty crappy animations or graphics. This one however I was quite impressed with. It looks a lot nicer than your average HOG.

Moving onto voice acting, it seemed that sometimes there was needless silences in the game. The characters speak most of the time, yet at random times I found myself reading what seemed like it was supposed to be spoken. Especially at the beginning, it went through a period of no voice acting at all. I just assumed the whole game was going to be like that until it randomly started reading out the same kind of thing I had to read myself.
Anyway, I’m babbling. Of what voice acting there was, it was fairly decent. But it did seem a little on and off.

In terms of puzzles, there was nothing too challenging. Most the game was still a lot of fun. The Hidden object scenes were reasonable and well done.

All in all I liked this one, and think it definitely deserves a positive review. As far as HOGs go, this one I would recommend. If you are a fan of the genre, this will be a nice one for the collection.


TL;DR : A nice HOG with good graphics and a decent story, with decent puzzles and hidden object scenes.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Seriously? Lost Civilization is a rip-off from NiBiRu. I spend 5 Euros for a game I already know. Did the original devoloper know that you "borrow" his entire screens and settings?

I am very disappointed and will never again buy a game from you.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2014
With a gripping plot, Lost Civilization is definitely one of the better "casual games" I've played. Most hidden object games can be quite dull, but this one feels like a hybrid between a hidden object game and a traditional point and clicker. Many of the puzzles in the game are well thought out and well executed. However, the voice acting (not that there was much) definitely could use some work. Also, the game was quite short, but I think in games like this, shorter is sometimes better. Overall, Lost Civiilization is another winner for Phoenix Online. 7/10.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
Short, sweet. The protangonist is occasionally a ♥♥♥♥♥, the geography and depiction of real places is hazy at best and you are of course beset by a strange desire to rifle through dumpsters hunting random objects for no apparent reason - this is of course par for the course in any hidden object game though!

The good: The puzzles are quite fun, the addition of a sort of reverse hidden object game where you have a bunch of random objects and have to place them within the scene is quite nice and the vague attempt at a narrative is not nearly as bad as some I've encountered.

The bad: Hidden object games that have a tendancy to pop up behind you meaning you are forced to constantly backtrack over areas you thought were complete in order to find an object which the game has only just deemed you worthy of being allowed to find. Complete inability to hold onto my cursor despite running full screen meant it kept creeping into my other monitors and I'd find myself simultaneously clicking in and out of game at the same time.

Overall: Probably not worth the price tag shown but as an amusing couple of hours distraction if you can pick it up cheap, it's not too bad.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
Ultimately, I found this game to be too simple to be captivating. It feels flimsy and empty, and the plot is rushed and vacant. The art is nice enough, but it again feels empty. The title was developed for multiple platforms including phones, and that may be why it feels so bland and unpopulated on PC. Too many scenes have only one thing to do; characters appear simply to deliver a line or a plot point. Might be good for kids. This isn't a terrible game, but it didn't have enough going on to keep my interest.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
If having your hand held at every moment sounds like a great time for you, this game is for you. Not only is it the most "on-rails" adventure game I've ever played, every single puzzle is along the lines of "It's a cup, I think it needs some water." and "It's water, I think I can use it in a cup." You literally never have to think, and only one path is ever open even on "expert." The plot is a nearly invisible thread barely linking a bunch of disjointed, nonsensical puzzles together, and the hidden object scenes are weird and random. The bizarre minigame where you have to place objects with their pairs is neither executed well nor fun. Even the voice acting is random; only about 1/4 of the dialogue is acted. Overall this snoozer should have been a fan-made demo game, not an embarassing commercial release.

Props for making the Guatemalan "wise man" look like a Navaho, though. Apparently there's no Internet wherever this game was made.

It's not often I say this, but it's actually much too long. The agony of finishing more than made up for needing to get my money's worth.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
if you like hidden object games, youll love this game or enjoy it very much
some sections of the game drawn out at times, though i havent finished the story you might like it.
its related to technology and the protagonist is and archaelogist . good voice acting that helps you inmerse yourself in the game.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2015
Pain to play.

+ different types of hidden object pictures
+ short

- story Nazi / Alien / Maya
- characters unbearable / act stupid
- just two clickable hotspots per picture
- very easy tasks and puzzles / linear
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
This was an ok hidden object game, nothing too outrageous, nothing too weird. It had some mysteries to solve and you can finish the game quite fast. The story also isn't too bad - the graphics are ok and do captivate the tone of the game.

There are some twistst and turns that were unexpected for that kind of game, and in that way it was quite good to play - even with the bad surprises you'll face during the story.

It is recomendable based on the fact that the game is quite simplicistic, the riddles aren't too hard or unfair and the hidden object scene are in an all right quality (meaning you don't need to guess much, the items can be found very fast).

If you are a fan of this genre you'll be pleased to add this game to your collection, if you like hidden object games once in a while, yeah - it's worth about four to five hours of gaming time (if you don't click through all those dialogues, but keep watching them). And for about five bucks it isn't too expensive to add it on your game list.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2014
If you want to play a hidden object game, go get another one. There are plenty of them which are much better than this. If the game wants to have a plot, then it needs to make sense. Otherwise, spare us the horrible cutscenes and nonsensical gameplay.

I got this game because I live in Prague and I was excited to play a game that takes place here. The visuals are pretty accurate, for the most part, but the content is absurd. It's like someone made the images based on postcards and photos of Prague, without ever having actually gone there. I knew something was wrong when one of the most popular attractions in the city, Charles Bridge, was completely abandoned in the middle of the night, with a lone artist standing there telling you Prague is a dangerous city. Not even remotely close.

But most people will be more interested in gameplay than accuracy. Unfortunately, it leaves a lot to be desired. So far what I've played through has been frustrating. Lots of cutscenes. The hidden object puzzles are mostly standard, very easy, not very many objects to find, but now and then they throw in something absurdly difficult (like a hookah broken into two pieces, one of which is partially obscured - most people would never have recognized a dismantled hookah, and even I, someone who uses them occasionally, needed a hint to find the second piece).

The plot is pretty cringe-worthy. You, the English woman with an American accent, are looking for your boyfriend, the guy with the Polish name who lives in Prague. He doesn't answer his door, so your immediate action is to break into the neighboring apartment, smash all the windows, and then use a rope to swing into his window (by rappelling down to the floor below you, even though his apartment is next door). On the way you commandeer an artist's stall on an abandoned bridge in the mdidle of the night, apparently selling your paintings to thin air and receiving in return coins from every country *except* the Czech Republic, which are then used to open a machine and get... a letter opener? To pry a note out of a crack in a statue (another irritating bit of inaccurate nonsense - the statues on that bridge are very famous and very well cared-for). The note is from your boyfriend who tells you to meet him at his apartment, but to get inside you have to retrieve a key from a sewer grate with a fishing pole, because apparently he doesn't have a doorbell and AARGGHH I want to pull my hair out just thinking about the convoluted loops you have to go through. What on earth were they thinking when they made this game?

And now and then on the way you suddenly need to do a hidden-object puzzle which has nothing to do with the terrible plot. Quick, you have to break into your boyfriend's apartment! But first, you need to reassemble a hookah, turn on a projector and locate the flag in the film, grab a blue butterfly off the wall, and... wait, what were we doing again? Anyway, off to break some windows...

Don't buy it. If you want lovely pictures of Prague, there are loads of them elsewhere. If you want a game that won't make you facepalm yourself into a concussion, most any other hidden object game will do the job nicely.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
This is a nice little game. It's a bit different than most hidden item - point and click games, which i found a nice change, after playing a lot of them. I wouldn't buy it at full price, since it is just around 3 hours of play time, but otherwise it's a nice game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Short version: 77%
More of a point and click adventure than your usual hidden object game, Lost Civilization features a surprisingly lengthy story but no difficulty whatsoever.

Long version:
A story in a hidden object game usually serves as nothing more than a backdrop for the puzzles. In Lost Civilization these roles have reversed: the puzzles act like small pauses in the plot. Not that the game isn’t trying, the hidden object parts even feature some variety– including reverse HO (putting items into the scene) – but none of them pose any real challenge even for a second.

As for the plot itself, it’s part Indiana Jones, part Broken Sword 2, part every other archaeologist adventure you have ever seen; but it’s a good and enjoyable mix. With decent voice acting, passable dialogue and a lot of different locations.

Although the game is far from being perfect, if you ever want a cheap adventure title for a lazy afternoon, then Lost Civilization is definitely a good pick.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
I did enjoy this game. The graphics look great and every scene is colorful and bright and cheerful. The voice acting is fine. You only hear the female lead in the game. The puzzles were mostly hidden object and match the object to something else. Like a dice would go with another dice inside the scene. The story if a bit lite and kind of dull was not terrible. I felt like at the end they kind of ran out of money and just went with a shorter version of what they really wanted to make. The hint system does work very well.

The things I didnt like. No voice overs for anyone else you meet just text. Again I think they were running out of money and just went with only the female lead voice. The story was very light. You have to do some backtracking and it feels odd in places. The overall length of the game is very short I finished it in 3hours total on easy. Overall I would give it a 8/10 just because of the graphics and the hidden object fun. Just dont expect a long journey.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
It's not a bad game, but there are plenty of other outer there which are much better. It's a story orientated HOG game with a dumb story and insanely stupid puzzles. Yeah, there are riddles which would have been cut out from an Ed Wood script too, because they were so surreal. So embrace yourselves, there will be many facepalm moments on your journey!

As for the gameplay, it's pretty average. Graphics are fine, everything is user friendly and there's a little twist in the original HOG puzzle too: sometimes you need to find the correct spot for the items in your list. It's fun for a couple of times but since there's no real variety of mini-games it gets boring at the end.

All in all, you can give it a try. Artifex Mundi is better in every way, but I have tried much worse Hidden Object games in the last few months. I don't mind buying and playing with this.

(PS: I've played more than 6 hours with this game, but it's not that long. I was AFK while game was running.)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Lost Civilization is a fairly solid casual hidden object game. There is a lot of variety in the puzzles and I did not notice any bugs or major problems while playing. Some of the hidden object scenes are a little jarring and make no sense to the game's story, but personally I feel that is a minor inconvenience. A more wordy review follows below, but here is the tl;dr version of my opinion:

Gameplay: 8/10. Good variety in puzzles and very little sense of repetition aside from a few hidden object scenes that show up more than once.

Story: 1/10. I give it one point for being interesting and coherent enough to follow. Unfortunately, it is completely stolen from an older game called NiBiRu: Age of Secrets. Once I realized that (it took about half an hour at most), I lost a lot of the anticipation and enjoyment I might otherwise have gotten from the story because I always knew what was coming next.

Graphics: 6/10. Perfectly acceptable but nothing spectacular, about what I would expect from a casual game like this. I deducted an extra point because some (many) of the scenes are clearly stolen from NiBiRu and I cannot treat them as original ideas when they are not.

Sound: 6/10. The voice acting is not bad, with only one or two lines delivered poorly, but only 20-25% of the lines are voiced and there seems to be no consistency as to which lines are spoken and which are only shown on the screen. Apart from that, the sound effects are decent, and the music is generally atmospheric without being overly repetitive or getting in the way.

Total: 21/40.


Full review:

Lost Civilization is a pretty decent example of the casual hidden object genre. What I really like about it is that the standard hidden object scenes are broken up by a pretty wide variety of other types of puzzles. It is much closer to an old-school point and click adventure game than it is pure hidden object game. That said, Lost Civilization still falls firmly into the casual game category. At roughly three to four hours to play start to finish (and that is taking time to enjoy the journey, explore all the locations more than strictly necessary and read the in-game diary that updates with your progress), it is not nearly as long as it could have been. Additionally, the puzzles were by and large pretty easy. If you are a veteran of standard adventure games like King's Quest, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island and/or The Longest Journey, you will not find much to challenge you here. However, as I said before, the different puzzles are a very nice departure from pure hidden object gameplay with a story attached.

Which brings us to the story. The story is the biggest problem I have with this game. Lost Civilization is essentially a remake of the game NiBiRu: Age of Secrets, published in 2005 by The Adventure Company. The plot points, some of the puzzles, and even a fair bit of the setting and art are shamelessly, blatantly stolen from NiBiRu. This game should not have been marketed as an original game, and I am very disappointed in the developers for not coming up with their own story. If it were marketed as a remake or an homage I would have less of a problem with this, but this is presented as an original game and it is absolutely not.

All in all, I suppose I would still recommend this game for hidden object fanatics looking for a bit of variety or people looking for an easy introduction to point-and-click style puzzles that won't make you think too hard. At $5 it was an acceptable value for the money, but I cannot give this game a thumbs up because it is such a blatant copy of another game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
Nice game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
I found this game very boring, only played 37 minutes. I don't recommend this game to anyone.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
You play as an international artifact smuggler and a part time pimp that really really loves to travel. You also enjoy night walks and buckets of water.
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