Lost in Time
for PC (DOS)

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Company: Coktel Vision
Year: 1993
Genre: Adventure
Theme: Historical / Pirates / Science Fiction
Language: English, Francais
Licence: Commercial
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Review by yukin (2013-06-15)

Lost in Time is a game developed by Coktel Vision and published by Sierra in 1993. It has been said to be the first full motion video adventure game. It also has a lot of frame to frame animation. This game exists on floppy disk and CD-ROM. The difference with the CD-ROM version is, it has voice dubbing for the characters and it has more animations. You mostly have an animation for every action you take.

The game takes you to the character of Dolarice who inherits a small caribbean island from her uncle. She is going to the island to visit her new gift. An abandoned house with some broken ship.

The story was not “the motivation key” that lead me to play the game. In fact the story was poor and the character are not enjoyable to listen to. The gameplay was something else. It is very user friendly so it doesn't take very much time to learn how the game is working. The puzzles at the beginning are very easy, but they become very hard in no time. So you have to be already experienced in the adventure game genre.

The interface is very simple and everything like your inventory is easy to access. It does not have command line to enter like King's Quest to commit an action. The only thing which took me some time to learn was the item combination mechanic. Like any adventure game, you have to use logic to progress in the game and search everywhere on the screen.

If you like adventure games like Myst then I recommend you to try it out. The puzzles will give you some challenge in this game, but it stays a good game. If you are new to the genre, then I recommend you to try other adventure games.

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Herr M.:

Although I never got very far in this game, I do have some fond memories of it. For one it was probably the first interactive movie game I saw that looked and played somewhat decent and for two my sister used to play it a lot, trying very hard to finish it. But as far as I remember there was a point (something with a bottle of champagne and shooting something from a beam with it) were she got stuck. So yes you are right: The puzzles are rather hard in this one. We even had a walkthrough in a gaming magazine, put it was only for the latter areas, she never reached. Well that was before the internet ruined any kind of suspense in adventure games. ;)

Personally I like Coktels Gobliiins games better, but I do agree with you, that this one does have a certain charm. And compared to King's Quest it is certainly more user friendly.