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  • Summary: 1936: Soldiers of the Third Reich roam the world seeking occult weapons for their insane plans of conquest. When Fenton Paddock, a former British soldier and hapless smuggler, is asked to look for his friend Richard, who went missing in Tibet, he has no idea that this search will lead him across three continents to a secret that could turn the whole world upside down. Enough mystery? Not in the mood for another crime story? "Lost Horizon" brings the classic adventure back to its roots: the 1930s, exotic settings all over the world, and the dangerous quest for one of the greatest secrets of mankind makes adventurers' hearts beat faster. The Makers of the award-winning Secret Files series invite you to experience a technically outstanding, carefully designed game featuring an absolutely thrilling story at the side of Kim and Fenton. Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jan 12, 2011
    89
    Indiana Jones is one of the greatest adventure game heroes of all time. It's a shame, that the official games have degenerated in to platformes. This adventure is so close to the Indy's heritage, that you can almost taste it.
  2. Jan 12, 2011
    86
    It's been a long time since I've had to really think my way through a game and for fans of the genre - or anyone looking for something new - Lost Horizon makes for a solid choice.
  3. Jan 12, 2011
    83
    A great adventure game in the style of the Indiana-Jones-action-movies. The story about nazis searching for the secret kingdom of shambala and it's huge powers is thrilling and directed with lots of great cutscenes and detailed graphics. The game contains lot's of dialogues, some of them are very long though. The Puzzles are mostly fair but to easy to solve for genre veterans. If you liked the Secret Files-series, you'll have to play Lost Horizon!
  4. Jan 12, 2011
    80
    Lost Horizon is the final stage in the development of adventure games; it's not an original game but it gives a realistic sense of wonder, recalling Indiana Jones and his adventures.
  5. Jan 12, 2011
    75
    A fun, if not terribly challenging, pulp adventure title. The brief ride is enjoyable the entire time, and a solid pick for fans of the genre.
  6. Jan 12, 2011
    70
    Lost Horizon doesn't really do anything wrong, but never surprises. The poorly animated characters don't do the beautiful art style and strong story justice. Additionally, the excellent help function and linear puzzles make the game overly simple, but sometimes it still feels a bit too clumsy.
  7. 50
    Old-school adventure game with obvious inspiration from Indiana Jones. Most of the puzzles are weak, and you will quickly grow to feel like a helpless tourist being carted around between digital holiday resorts as the story isn't very engaging. Kudos for trying to streamline the genre by easing the difficulty level and setting a high pace, but the end result just isn't very fun.

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  1. Feb 6, 2012
    9
    I really enjoyed this game, great and fun to play, good characterisation, nice music, nice graphics, and the puzzles fit very well into the game (as commented by another). It's a point-and-click game, so my score is balanced to that genre. The puzzles are quite easy though, hence the notch down, you will never ever get stuck - but on the plus side, this helped the game story whizz along nicely. This game shows where point-and-click games need to go, better graphics, better characterisation, and puzzles embedded in the game. It's not there yet, but Lost Horizon for me is definitely one the the better games of its genre to be got. If you liked Broken Sword, Syberia or Secret Files, add this to your collection. Expand
  2. Aug 8, 2011
    9
    I have to agree with nomadsoul. This is a great adventure game with puzzles that fit together logically and give a feeling of accomplishment when solved. Best of all, the puzzle solving is completely relevant to the story and give a great level of immersion. Well done deep silver. Look forward to some more of your titles. I would highly recommend this to any adventure gamer. Expand
  3. Jan 17, 2012
    8
    Don't expect anything too deep, it's your classical adventure plot. Everything is there, from the hero to the Nazis to the mystical ancient artefact blablabla. But it works if you like that kind of story. The riddles are okay, though personally, I would've preferred had they been a bit harder. Sometimes they felt a little constructed, for instance, when you need to melt some ice, you use a certain thing, but a few moments later, when you have to melt yet another piece of ice, you cannot use the same thing even though it's still available, but must find another way. There is some complexity, though, you will have to use items more than once, you can do things wrong and won't realize it immediately. (An item you used on something will have to be used with something else first, but the game won't tell you, so simple combining everything with everything won't always help you.) What I didn't like was how the hero always comments on and explains what you're doing as if you wouldn't know it yourself: Oh yes, now that this happened, I can do that, because - And so on. I could see the point if he would give hints about what to do next, but why give hints about the puzzle I just solved? Presentation is okay. The 2D backgrounds are very well painted with a lot of detail, but in contrast, the 3D characters lack detail and look much too cartoony overall. The dialogue in addition to voice-overs is shown in subtitles with a little image of the speaking person, but those are paintings as well. Especially in the case of the main hero, this painting looks almost nothing like the 3D model. (And also is always wearing a hat - I cannot remember a single moment in the game when the 3D model was actually wearing one.) What else - well, the game is pretty long with a lot of riddles, so you get quite some content and the quality is good as well. The areas you visit are interesting and full with items and stuff to combine and so on, it's not like some of the more "modern" adventure games where the inventory never has more than four items in it. Overall, fun game, good presentation, not too hard, so you won't get stuck, but not too simple either - good mix. Expand