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  • Summary: [WiiWare] LostWinds is a fresh, enchanting adventure that lets you wield the awesome powers of Enril the wind Spirit - from raging tornados to the gentlest breeze – to guide and protect Toku, a young boy who is the only one who can help you release the curse placed upon the world of Mistralis and its people by evil Balasar. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    This is the breakout, must-buy hit that WiiWare needed to justify its existence. LostWinds is a beautiful and unique exploration-based platformer that takes full and natural advantage of the Wii's control setup.
  2. Ultimately, though, Lost Winds is a wonderful little game, and a great promise of what’s to come.
  3. Despite the unfortunate length of LostWinds, it is a remarkably good game, an adventure with broad appeal that takes a simple idea and brings it to elegant fruition.
  4. Feels like a real-deal Wii title, so a purchase is a real no-brainer. [Aug 2008, p.71]
  5. In terms of longevity, LostWinds is no hurricane, but its quality is as refreshing as a cool breeze on a hot summer's day. Simply magical.
  6. 80
    This really is a mini-masterpiece.
  7. LostWinds is brimming with potential, but the result leaves a lot to be desired.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. ErickYep
    May 12, 2008
    This Game has interesting controls and brings something new to 2d platformers. Mixing Kirbies Canvas Curse type scribbling with wind based puzzle elements, makes this a killer game. It is sort of short, almost 3 to 4 hours to complete, but considering that for 10$ price and unique like approach on the Wii, it's all worth it. Expand
  2. JustinBlades
    May 15, 2008
    A lot of fun to play. It's a bit short, but for $10 and with further chapters to come, it's a great value. The visuals are great and the gameplay refreshing. I'm not sure what beta version of the game GameSpot reviewed, but the one I played was worthy of a 9/10 rating. Expand
  3. DrewG
    May 16, 2008
    With graphics that look nicer and more polished than many disc-based Wii games, an ambiance like no other, fun control and puzzling mechanics, and great platforming elements, this game really is a must-buy for any Wii owner who's system is on the grid.

    The only problem is it's very short (three hours seems to be what everyone is saying, and that's about what I had, too). But for $10, it's a steal. Buy it!
  4. vibu
    May 17, 2008
    great game and the best of the WiiWare games thus far. great pacing, mellow gameplay and good controls that show the potential of WiiWare. some tend to look at these games and judge them as full retail releases which is a disservice to games like Lost Winds. It's a 10 dollar adventure game with great art direction and production value that uses motion control well and anyone can enjoy it. A bit short...yes, but it's a great way to debut the WiiWare service. Expand
  5. ClaudeRuff
    May 22, 2008
    WiiWare is here and if LostWinds is a sign of things to come you can count me in. It is a side scrolling platformer at it's heart, with a unique controll scheme. The use of the wii remote and nunchuk are used to create a new vibe in an old genre, the nunchuk controls a young boy, the wii remote pointer is used to control a wind spirit. The duality of this system exceeds the some of it's parts as you explore the 3 to 4 hour adventure, leaving you wanting more and there will be more to this story. For the price of $10 or 1000 wii points, the entertainment value is very high. Developers should take note, players should pay to play as this is gifted game with a simple spirit, here's hoping it grows. Expand
  6. NicholasAllan
    May 20, 2008
    It's definitely worth the money, but it is pretty short, the puzzles aren't very hard, and the final boss is a joke. The place you fight the final boss makes it seem like they were going to make multiple stages of the boss fight in different spots, but they didn't. Maybe if you collect all of the collectable items then the final boss is different, I don't know as far as I can tell they were pointless. Collapse
  7. FernandoPeliquin
    Jun 8, 2008
    Muy buenos gráficos de un juego que entretiene pero en el que le falta algo de información -es muy fácil que sepas lo que tienes que hacer pero no sepas a donde ir-. Yo lo termine en 5 horas pero si sabes donde están las cosas se puede terminar en 3. Buena compra por su precio Expand

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