A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Implores you to persevere, stay determined.
Positive Role Models
The protagonist, though reckless, stays focused despite the odds.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost Orbit is a downloadable adventure game. In the style of old-school console games such as Mario, your goal in each stage is to simply cross the finish line unscathed, dodging asteroids and stationary intergalactic detritus and scooping up power-ups to level up your astronaut to add additional wrinkles to that action and trajectory.
Is It Any Good?
Lost Orbit is deceptively both simple and complex, if you want it to be. The power-ups you scoop up let you unlock different abilities that, interestingly, can be used to tweak the difficulty: If you want to go faster, you can incrementally bump up how much fuel and speed your jet pack gives you. Or, if you think it's plenty hard enough, you can invest in brakes and bombs, which help obliterate the obstacles up ahead that will cause you to die if you crash into them. All it takes is one hit to end your journey and have you start over from the last checkpoint, but it isn't like you only get one opportunity to explore the skill trees. At any point, if you want to make things easier for yourself, go right ahead.
But once you get about halfway into the game, you'll have to rely much more on the skill you've built up so far to really exploit the ins and outs of wrapping around the screen (steer all the way to the right to pop back on the left and vice versa), and you can use naturally occurring celestial bodies to give you a boost or send you careening after a few circular revs up. All these are risky, but at a certain point, no matter how much easier or harder you want to make the game, the action remains the same: You're always moving forward, being propelled by gravity. It's a short journey, and a simple one, but Lost Orbit isn't one to miss.
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