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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Mixed (72 reviews) - 54% of the 72 user reviews for this game are positive.
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 (72 reviews)
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Markus
( 4.2 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
แทบจะหาของล้วนๆ มีพัซเซิ่ลให้เล่น 1 ฉากถ้วน (ถ้าจำไม่ผิดนะ)
เนื้อเรื่องไม่แปลกใหม่อะไรนัก เล่นเพลินๆพอสนุกได้ เกมสั้น
ฉากหาของบางอันง่าย บางอันยากแบบไม่สมเหตุสมผล
ไม่ดีแย่ แต่ก็ไม่ได้ดี มีไว้เล่นช่วงที่มันไม่มีอะไรจะเล่นแล้วก็ดี แต่ไม่ได้เล่นก็ไม่ถือว่าพลาดอะไร แวร้ แวร้

***** สปอยล์ *****
นางเอกต้องรวยมากแน่ๆ ปัญหาเกือบทุกอย่างในเรื่องนี้ได้ด้วยเงินล้วนๆ 55555
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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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
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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