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Nat Geo Adventure: Lost City of Z

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Superb search-and-find game teaches about the Amazon.

Game Windows 2009
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Lost City of Z has a number of great innovations that help it rise to a level far above many other search-and-find games. For one thing most of the hidden objects that players need to find are setting-appropriate; they're items you really might find in a jungle camp site or an Indian village. And when they're not -- like a GPS in an ancient temple -- it's tied into the plot and referred to as a clue to finding the missing sister. (Many other games ignore this idea completely, asking you to search an Egyptian pyramid and find, say, a candy cane and a dinosaur). Lost City of Z also helps out the player a lot with unlimited hints (you simply need to wait for your radar battery to charge in between hints), and a great feature that shows you the silhouette of an object you're trying to find. So, if you're having trouble finding a carabiner, because you have no idea what a carabiner is -- at least you can see what shape you're looking for. The graphics are also beautiful, and the well-paced plot does a remarkable job of building suspense within a genre that often doesn't allow for it.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Valusoft
  • Release date: December 22, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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