(Skip to the bottom for a summary of this review)Plot
LOST: Via Domus (better known to most as 'That LOST game') is a single player adventure, where you play as a 'Lostie', who is never seen in the TV show. He has no memory to who he is, and it is your mission to find out who you are, get your camera and try and get off the island...
The gameplay is quite good in places, and very poor in others. The puzzles which you have to do in places are all the same type (pipe puzzles), and get very boring (and annoying if you're bad at them like me), and having to look around for pieces for them only makes it worse. Trading with other 'Losties' for important items can also get annoying, and your chats with them are so wooden you could build a boat out of them and get off the island. However, running around the island, somehow, doesn't get boring, as the 'Others' shooting at you/the black smoke monster going after you keep it interesting. That, and you can skip parts of the island after the first time.
Score: 4/10Graphics and Sound
The graphics are actually quite good for a game released about 3 years ago, and you can easily tell who is who if you watched the TV show. However, most of the voices are a bit... off. As most aren't voiced by their actual actors (except for Ben, Desmond and a couple of others), they sound different to what they should. Sometimes, VERY different. If you're a avid LOST viewer like me, this will annoy you at first. In the end, you'll get used to it though. If you don't watch LOST, you won't even notice.
This is LOST we're talking about here, so the soundtrack is 99% perfect every time. Sometimes it can change a little too quickly, but this only ever helps you know that danger is on the way. And it tends to set the mood very well.
If you're on this site, you must love achievements. And as such you'll love this game for it's easy points. At first, the points will come slow, but if you're patient, you can get a large majority of the points for completing the story within 4 hours. If you're not, like me, you'll take 10 hours. The rest of the points are quite hard work though, as the game has little to no replay value, and as most of these are secret, you'll need a good guide. Of course, I think you should the achievement solutions by porschephiliac, as they are far the best, and helped me 100% the game or use the walkthrough
on this site.
This is a great game for LOST fans out there looking for a fix now that the show has finished, and the fact that it's cheap only improves it. I paid £4.50, and I'm guessing that it could be even lower now. The soundtrack works well for the game, but the voice acting for most of the characters may ruin it for you. The easy achievements will please those looking to boost their GamerScore. However, it's not one to keep in your collection after you have finished, as it has no replay value at all due to the poor gameplay.
Score: 4 stars