A young family is invited to visit the newly opened museum in Egypt; while touring the museum they discover a long forgotten tomb of a cursed Pharaoh named Raned.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (18 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 6, 2010
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About This Game

A young family is invited to visit the newly opened museum in Egypt; while touring the museum they discover a long forgotten tomb of a cursed Pharaoh named Raned. After being separated you now have to play as each character. Help the family reunite, escape this long-lost Egyptian kingdom and discover the story behind the fascinating tomb and treasures that are buried within.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 183 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Fun short game with surprisingly well done voice acting.
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57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2014
"Escape the Lost Game: The Forgotten Ending"

I find it really unfortunate I can't in good conscience recommend this game. Visually, it's quite a nice looking low res. casual game, it's fully voiced, and even has a decent adventure/hidden object mix. And it's about one of my favorite subjects, ancient Egypt, to boot.

Why can't I recommend it then?

Easy. The ending chapter isn't included. Apparently it was part of a Collector's Edition not available on Steam. Normally that's not much of a problem, but the store page here clearly shows content nowhere to be found in this game, and the main story introduced in the opening cutscene is hardly even referenced again, let alone fleshed out and wrapped up. At first I thought I somehow missed something despite all of the map's rooms stating they were cleared. The only way I was able to figure out where these missing scenes were was to search on Google, which I find very sloppy to have not been at least mentioned on the page. It doesn't help the non-CE ending is a sudden, out-of-nowhere black screen with a simple white lettered "Game Over." No credit roll. No feeling it actually ended and you hadn't somehow managed to screw up a hidden object game. Very disappointing, especially since the rest the of the game is pretty great for the genre, despite its short length (1.5 hours, not rushed, listening to all the dialogue and enjoying the scenes) and a few quirks.

Pros:
-Nice, but low resolution artwork
-Pretty good atmosphere for a casual title
-Fully voiced
-Gameplay is a nice mix of adventure and hidden object, complete with standard hidden object search areas and a full inventory you carry room-to-room
-Potentially had/has (perhaps in the Collector's Edition) an interesting brother versus brother story, quite fitting for an Egyptian setting considering the importance of Osiris and Set (two gods who were also feuding brothers) in their mythology

Cons:
-Not the Collector's Edition and is missing content displayed on the store page
-An hour and a half long
-The main and most intriguing story is ignored after the opening cutscene, with sparse and minimal exceptions in the form of other characters vaguely mentioning a second, forgotten pharaoh
-Few quirks, particularly in dialogue, such as misaligned text and oddly shifting the spelling of the name of and gender of the cat

For its current sale price of $1.25, sure, go for it. Full price? Probably not. You won't even realize you successfully completed the game and will be left wondering where some of the awesome looking store page scenes are.

I honestly wish there was a neutral button on Steam, as I wouldn't necessarily say, "Avoid this." Rather, be aware of how oddly it ends before you get there, and be aware some particularly interesting bits (the video shows you playing Senet, for example) are not included in this edition.

Still, solid 3/5 for gameplay and the partial story it includes, plus the intelligent, interesting use of objects in scenes (and finding objects you'll actually need) and inclusion of some real ancient Egyptian mythology. It would've been an easy 4/5 (for the genre) if the non-CE ending wasn't so abrupt, and the store page only showed content actually in the game.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2014
As a fan of Ancient Egypt, I really enjoyed the game. It has nice artwork and entertaining puzzles but unfortunately it's a short game and it contains some errors. I would've loved to see more of the game but if you are able to overlook this and the occasional errors, I would recommend this game. I hope these errors eventually will be fixed.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
Woah, it seemed epic and amazing with a lot of adventure game items... but that was... too damn short. Really? 89 minutes gameplay? Quite simple, the story is... what the actual heck? We've got a promising intro, but there will be NOTHING about it in the game, the only task is to escape the tomb. Disappointed. 5/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2014
Short (around 2h), but very cute game and very enjoyable for people that are fans of both Egyptian culture and indie games. The graphics and the story are nice and the scenes have subtitled dialogues. The game has rather simple puzzles and the few hidden object scenes support 3D vision which adds a nice feature to it. I reccomend this game for those that enjoy hidden object games and a feeling of Indiana Jones adventure.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
Wow what a short game.Some of the puzzles were good,but not worth the money.dissapointing
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Had a great time, thanks!
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
This was super quick and very easy. The store is kinda....weak and the puzzles are simple but it was interesting. I wish it was at least three times longer and bit harder because the variety in the puzzles was really interesting. Still, if you want a quick rainy afternoon game, this is for you. Get it during a sale though.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Well, this game isn't terrible. It is on the lower side of average overall. The puzzles and HO scenes are fairly decent, though easy, the voice acting isn't terrible and the extra elements of using magic items and tools is a nice touch.

It's way too short however. Which might have been fine if the story was completed by the time the game was over, but no. It starts out with a cutscene showing an epic battle between two ancient pharaohs and speaks about how the murdered one waits in his tomb for the right people. The game itself is about a family of four who gets lost in the temple raised for this pharaoh and about how they escape. That's it. No continuation of the starting cutscene, only a 'Game Over' slide ("huh? really, did I just lose the game?") that feels like a 'To Be Continued' that just never continues. There is no sequel.

You play a family who gets separated in an ancient temple and have to find a way to get back together and out of the temple.

For some strange reason this game has scenes that can be used with redblue 3d glasses for 3d effect. I did not try this, and I really don't see the point.

There is a lot of backtracking and iirc no map that you can use for teleporting. Be aware that quite a few of the puzzles in the video on steam is not in the game, but most probably in the collectors edition that has more playtime which is not available on steam.

I also felt the game was sexist with giving the dad all the useful tools and the mum a book that's mostly useless and tells about stuff you've already done.
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Fun to play, and interesting, but not long enough. I would have liked more playing time.
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2.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Good game but wouldn't pay more than £1 for it.
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2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Point and click games are among my favorite game genres, and this one was a good surprise. Don't expect something long or complex and you will be fine. This is a very casual game. Now, the pros & cons of this game:

PROS:
  • Smooth Gameplay
  • Lots of objects to find and collect
  • The game tells you when a room is "clear" so you don't have to go back like crazy trying to figure out where you missed something
  • Nice aspect of dividing the 4 characters in the story, and playing from different perspectives with them (they also have different skills)
  • Nice artwork
  • Good voice acting
  • Well done in the details, such as not being able to come back to a spot that no longer contains items, closing screens automatically when you find all the items on them, help system in case you get stuck, etc.

CONS:
  • Image is not very sharp in fullscreen. It's not bad, it just could be better.
  • There's a Game Over message when you win. Game Design lesson 1: Just... don't do that. ever.
  • Steam screenshot does not work in this game
  • Map doesn't help much - sometimes I go to my left and the map show that I went to my right. And the map treats multiple rooms / locations as one, so I go to another room but stay in the same room on the map. Horrible to find my way around.
  • Having only one illustration per character makes them always appear neutral / smiling / calm in the cutscenes, even if the voice acting shows otherwise.
  • The ending felt kinda rushed to me, specially because after it you just go back to the menu, there's no status or completion screen showing your time or other things... The game was nice but the ending felt like one of those free, flash -based games.
  • If you skip the last cutscene, the Game Over message appears immediately, way before the cutscene fades, making it look like something went horribly wrong. Yes, I am mentioning the Game Over screen once again. It really pisses me off.
  • There are at least 3 puzzles shown in the store page video that I didn't see in the actual gameplay, and I think I didn't miss anything because there's nothing skippable in the game, it seems.

Conclusion: This game provides a good single casual run, with elements that made it above average in several gameplay aspects, even though there are many things that could be improved. If you can get this like I did, 75% off, do it.
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