Lost in Blue 3

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Survival simulation, challenging and slow-paced.

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Positive Messages

You can play as either a boy or a girl.

Violence & Scariness

Activities include spear-fishing, trapping animals and eating them to survive.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this survival sim game, shipwreck victims stranded on an island must gather resources to survive - if they don't receive enough sustenance they will collapse and the game will end. Weapons like bows and spears can be crafted and used to hunt animals like fish and chickens to eat.

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What's it about?

LOST IN BLUE 3 is the latest variation on a theme that's common to all three games in the series: Each game begins with characters surviving a shipwreck to find themselves marooned on an island, having to stay alive by exploring surroundings to find shelter, food, water, and warmth on a day-to-day basis. In the third game, you can play as either a male or female character, and will eventually meet other survivors to form a small clan of four people with which to interact.

The game takes place in real-time, with minutes ticking by as you play and time divided into day and night. Each day the goal is to explore the island (either alone or with a companion in tow, who can help with tasks like moving large logs) and scavenge for things like food, fresh water to drink, firewood, and materials for tools –- combine a twig and bark to make a fire starter, or sharpen a stick to make a spear. You're responsible for maintaining the health of everyone in your group (seeing that they get enough rest, food, water, and warmth) and maintaining good relationships by doing nice things for others.

Is it any good?

Mini-games like hunting and combining different ingredients to create tasty recipes are fun, and the idea of using whatever primitive materials are on-hand to survive is a challenging one, but the daily grind of keeping all of the people healthy can start to wear thin. Traversing the island can be a slow and tedious process, and some important locations (such as fresh water sources) are inconvenient and time-consuming to get to. It's not always clear what you're supposed to be doing next, and there aren't quite enough points of interest on the island to make random exploring consistently rewarding. While Lost in Blue 3 certainly has its moments, it will take a patient gamer to stick it out to the end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they would do if they ever found themselves in the same position as the shipwrecked characters. What would be the five most important tools to have in a situation like that?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Konami
  • Release date: March 8, 2008
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Violence

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