Whenever you’re not taking shots from your past, you’re on the island trying to survive and find out various things. Unfortunately, the “open world” is not that open at all, the paths you must follow are linear and everything that happens there is scripted to the bone. During your stay on the island you’ll get bored pretty quickly, since there will come a time when you’ll become a handyman and an ace electrician: you’ll have to do over and over again the same mini-game which asks you to correctly connect the fuses to access various things on the island. So, we could say that one of the best words to describe Lost: Via Domus is repetitiveness. But, if you’re a patient type of person and routine isn’t your biggest turn down, you will probably find Ubisoft’s game highly enjoyable.
And I sat that especially because one of the most important aspects of the game works pretty well: the controls are generally well implemented and, even though there are some dead spots on the island (you know, places where the game’s developers don’t want you to go), you won’t have any problems controlling Elliot. Also, there is a nicely implemented trading system which could’ve been developed a bit more, since in the end the only thing you’ll trade for will be light.
The graphics of Lost: Via Domus are outstanding and while playing the “island” sequences, you really get the feeling that you are there and you can almost feel the smell of Jack’s sweaty shirt. And that’s not pleasant at all! Anyway, the idea is that everything looks almost like the things you’ve seen on TV, the main characters seem to be identical twins to those in the television show and, all in all, each and every visual aspect is outstandingly well done.
We can’t say the same thing about the sound in Lost: Via Domus, since sound-alikes were used for the voice acting and you can feel the difference. However, the actors do a great job and I am sure that if you’re not a hardcore fan of the television series, you will have no problems with that.
But, with all its problems, Lost: Via Domus is not a horrible game. Is playable and offers a great alternative for those who, just like me, sometimes wonder how it’s like being on that island. It does keep you asking for more, especially since Ubisoft brought us a very short game and it is, after all, a decent title if you are a fan of the series.
Final Rating: 2/5