diana;;lost horizon;;point;;click;;puzzle;;adventure;;animation arts;;deep silver Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee You all remember Fenton Paddock, donít you? You should, at least, if you've played Lost Horizon, a 2010 point 'n click game by Animation Arts GmbH and Deep Silver. Now, five years later, it is time to once again rejoin our protagonist, Fenton Paddock, and see what kinds of trouble he's gotten himself into this time. So letís have a look, shall we?

LOST HORIZON 2

By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on October 6, 2015

You all remember Fenton Paddock, donít you? You should, at least, if you've played Lost Horizon, a 2010 point 'n click game by Animation Arts GmbH and Deep Silver. Now, five years later, it is time to once again rejoin our protagonist, Fenton Paddock, and see what kinds of trouble he's gotten himself into this time. So letís have a look, shall we?


The events of Lost Horizon 2 take place during the 40ís and 50ís, when the world is torn to pieces by the mighty and powerful. First, we meet a doctor and his two daughters. He hides his daughters from the Naziís, but gets himself into more of a pickle than he bargained for. Next, we are reunited with Fenton Paddock. He got himself into a dangerous situation in Egypt, but luckily, with the help of a garden hose, some duct tape and a soaking wet cloth he knows to save the day. Sounds a bit like something McGyver would come up with, doesnít it?

But this is just the first fifteen to twenty-five minutes of gameplay. The story gets more complicated as you progress. You'll have to solve a lot of puzzles during the course of this game and weíre loving it. Point and click games are all about solving puzzles, sometimes in the most unexpected way. The Lost Horizon series is created by the same people, responsible for bringing us the critically acclaimed Secret Files series. What I like about these historical point and click adventures is that the solutions to various puzzles are more realistic than they would be in games like Kingís Quest 7 or Torinís Passage (both point and click games from the 90ís), without being too straight-forward. They're inventive and sometimes a bit out there, but I would love to actually try if I can make an little hot-air balloon out of plastic bags, string and fir cones!


Sometimes it is rather obvious what needs to be done, while at other times it takes quite a bit more thought to come to a solution. And of course, searching the area for objects you can use is a definite must. Why isnít that door opening? Why canít I break this chain? How do I reach this ledge? Yes, Lost Horizon 2 will not reveal its secrets to just anybody. You will have to work for it.

A cool thing about Lost Horizon is that you manipulate objects by clicking on them, holding the mouse button and dragging the mouse in the desired direction. This way, you can open a door by grabbing the doorknob, turning it and open the door by moving it into the appropriate direction. And for the older people among us, you can relive the great feeling of using a phone with a rotary dial! Too bad the number you need to reach hasnít got a nine or a zero in it, but two times an eight is also fun to dial! Iím sorry for the younger people among us, you might not know what the hell I'm talking about. But the ones among us that were in or before 1980 or earlier will most likely actually remember using one of these phones. And no, you couldn't check your Facebook using one of these phones. Why not? Because they had no internet connection. Hell, the modern day internet wasn't even invented yet!


Lost Horizon 2 was a great game to play. True, there are a few issues while playing; sometimes, during a scene transition, my character seems to drop out of the environment for no reason. When this happens, I got stuck outside the environment and couldn't get back in. This issue could just be related to the build of the game I have played, and I think itís something the developers will smooth out with a patch or an update, if they haven't already. For now, just make sure to regularly save your progress, so when something like this happens, you donít have to start all over again. Aside from this glitch, we had a really good time playing Lost Horizon 2, and I'm sure that if you give this game a try, so will you!


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LOST HORIZON 2
Animation Arts GmbH & Deep Silver
October 2, 2015