Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked review

An island adventure that could have been charming if it wasn't so tedious

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Some of the minigames

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    Success feels like you've earned it

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    Great premise


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    Constantly struggling to fill gauges

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    Bland graphics and sound

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    Feels more like work than play

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Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked has huge potential; you and a reasonably attractive member of the opposite sex (and, in this case, a pet dog and monkey %26ndash; go figure) are stranded on a remote island. Only you cancook, hunt and gather, fish, and explore well enough to keep everyone alive until your rescue.

It%26rsquo;s a romantic, exciting premise that has been turned into sheer gold by Hollywood over and over, from Gilligan%26rsquo;s Island and Blue Lagoon to Survivor, or even Lost. It should be a trip to paradise %26ndash; how could it go wrong? Simple: By designing gameplay that%26rsquo;s less like sipping Mai Tais and exploring a lush tropical wonderland and more like using chop sticks to carry an ice cream cone across the Sahara while wearing roller skates.

The big problem is that you spend far too much of the game %26ndash; especially early on, when you should be easing into things - satisfying your three basic needs: food, water, and rest. This leaves you very little time to explore the island for better ways to slake your thirst, quell your hunger, or take that nap, let alone pursuing the rudimentary storyline. Your characters eat as if they have tapeworms, drink like they%26rsquo;re fish-men in danger of drying out, and have all the stamina of a narcoleptic with low blood sugar.

Sure, your pets help a little (the monkey is a nimble climber, the dog digs), we appreciate the co-op modes and the roughly 40 mini-games that you work through to cook, hunt, dig, and whatever are various degrees of not tedious. But overall it%26rsquo;s just too much work to really keep a person interested. And when the audio, graphics and visual design aren%26rsquo;t adding to the appeal, it%26rsquo;s a little too likely that you%26rsquo;ll suddenly ask yourself, %26ldquo;Wait %26ndash; is this actually fun, or is it just tedium?%26rdquo; and realize you can%26rsquo;t quite tell any more.

Oct 7, 2008

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DescriptionSurviving on a deserted island is way more work than it should be in this graphically bland title, which squanders its charm by forcing you to struggle mightily just to stay alive.
Franchise nameLost in Blue
UK franchise nameLost in Blue
US censor rating"Everyone 10+"
UK censor rating"Rating Pending"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)