- Title: Lost: Via Domus
- Platform:Xbox 360
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
- ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen
- Genre: Adventure
- Pros: Decent graphics; great music; solid story; exploring the island is fun
- Cons: Very easy; short; overpriced; doesn’t use real actors from the show
- Achievements: Very easy 1000 points.
Describing the story in too much detail would spoil the only hook that Lost: Via Domus has, so I won’t do that. What I can say is this. You play as a new character that wasn’t on the show. In this way, obviously, you can’t really do anything that affects the main characters too much, so while you do interact with them, they have their own agendas and you have yours. The game takes place through season 1 and 2 of the show, so you’ll see some familiar scenes and locations and so some familiar things, but the story you follow is entirely new. The story and what you get to do are easily the best parts of Via Domus, and it is very smartly laid out to give you the interaction with the other characters and the island that Lost fans have been desperate for, but you can’t mess anything up as far as the overall story goes. It gives you the complete Lost experience, with flashbacks, hallucinations, and everyone talking in riddles, without having a real impact on canon. Very smart.
The meat of the game is pretty standard adventure fare. You talk to other characters, collect items, do some trading; take pictures, and explore the island without too much to worry about. The island includes a nice big chunk of jungle to wander around in, the Black Rock, the beach, the caves, and a number of different important buildings from the show. There are also flashbacks where you have to take a picture of a specific scene, and then you are free to explore the flashback. The other main gameplay mechanic is electrical fuse box puzzles that you have to collect fuses for and then solve. Not too difficult once you understand the base concept and can do some quick math in your head.
And that is pretty much it. Simple and easy, but darn if it isn’t entertaining.
Graphics and Sound
The sound is also pretty good. The music has been taken right from the show, and the handful of different themes that play as you explore are all great. The only letdown here is that most of the main characters are not voiced by their real life counterparts, and some of their replacement voice actors did a pretty poor job.