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.
User reviews: Mixed (29 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 509 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
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
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Nice game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
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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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
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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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
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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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
nice concept and story,amazing dude......
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I disliked it. Not much of a challenge nor a great story.
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0 of 11 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
this game gets stuck and moves too slow, i think its not worth buying
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
I completed this game a few months ago and I was seriously disappointed. Graphically it's very well done but that's the only positive trait of this HOG. The story is the usual woman-saves-boyfriend type and the hidden object scenes are really too easy, no matter the difficulty setting you play with. It's also extremely short (2 hours). Fortunately I got it on sale because the official price is a joke.
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Fine hidden object game. Nothing more and nothing less. Good distraction, but as a video game...
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
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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