Lost in Harmony
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Lost in Harmony
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost in Harmony is a downloadable musical rhythm game available for Nintendo Switch. The game is a port of the mobile version, adapted with new controls to take advantage of the Switch hardware. There are two distinctly different stories, one with a futuristic sci-fi flavor and one grounded more in present day reality. Players must match onscreen prompts while avoiding obstacles, all in time with the game's soundtrack. The game can get difficult and frustrating due mainly to an awkward presentation and control scheme. Violence in the game is minor, and usually involves avoiding crashes with obstacles or hazards.
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What’s It About?
LOST IN HARMONY is a story about how we cope with our emotions, as well as how we live and dream our own inner symphonies. The game features two distinct tales, one of characters running to escape their feelings and the other featuring a character with something to run towards. In both cases, players guide these characters along their paths, dodging whatever stands in their way, building to a rhythmic crescendo by moving and reacting to the beat of the game's soundtrack, with notable contributions from singers and composers such as Wyclef Jean, Onoken, Tadayoshi Makino, Fumitake Igarashi, and Godspeed Vivix.
Is It Any Good?
Many rhythm-based video games try to move to their own beat while still keeping a bit of a familiar tempo, but this one seems to be full of bad notes. Lost in Harmony attempts to put together a mash-up, mixing elements of the rhythm genre with some of the play of an endless runner. This formula might have struck a harmonious chord on the game's original mobile platforms, but it quickly goes out of tune after making its jump over to the Nintendo Switch. It can best be described like trying to play a jazz saxophone solo on a snare drum … it's just not the right instrument for the job.
Admittedly, Lost in Harmony's presentation is gorgeous. The art style is visually stunning, and the animations are smooth and fluid. The game's soundtrack is also mesmerizing and easily the best part of the experience. But the minute you actually start to play the game, everything falls apart. The quirky camera angle on the screen, with the characters running toward the player instead of away, makes it difficult to judge distances and anticipating jumps. Add the button mashing rhythm to the mix and you almost need an extra set of hands to play properly. Unfortunately, you quickly realize that playing two different game genres at once simply doesn't work when the styles clash. More than once, trying to dodge an obstacle while timing a beat proved to be impossible. It's an irritating frustration that only gets worse as the game goes on, taking away any chance of enjoying any positives the game has to offer.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about escaping problems. What are some of the ways that people cope with emotional issues? Why does it tend to be easier to run from problems than to face them?
How can music influence our activities? How do our actions influence the music we listen to?
- Platform: Nintendo Switch
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Playdius Entertainment
- Release date: June 21, 2018
- Genre: Music & Dance
- Topics: Adventures, Arts and Dance, Music and Sing-Along, Robots
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: July 24, 2018
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