Lykia – The Lost Island (C64)

Lykia - The Lost Island (PULS4R) Free

Game title: Lykia - The Lost Island

Game description: Lykia is a casual paced open world adventure game depicted within a top-down perspective. Our teenage protagonist Nora sees her world turned upside down on her 16th birthday when she accidentally triggers a magical event, while out on an errand for her mother, that results in people in her village disappearing. You are initially given minimal direction as to your objective but with a little guidance from the non playable characters in the game, the story narrative gradually unfolds. As the game progresses, Nora begins to realize that she is no ordinary girl and that she is somehow connected to all the extraordinary events that are taking place and that it is up to her to restore things back in order. Nora’s adventures take her on a journey through a number of lands and environments. Her interactions with the local inhabitants will trigger quests - which will typically entail searching for people or objects, solving puzzles, and helping out with various errands, all while making new friends.

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  • Production - 95%
    95%
  • Fun - 90%
    90%
  • Depth - 80%
    80%

Summary

I found Lykia a compelling game to play with its Nintendo-esque style graphics, gradual pacing and charming characters.

I initially had a little trouble figuring out what I was to do at the start but once I equiped myself with the navigator and understood that Gomez (a key NPC) would assist by pointing me in the right direction, I was able to immerse myself in the game’s wonderful world and story telling.

The introduction and end game sequences are amongst the best I have seen on the C64. You will spend the most part of the game exploring the expansive game world and looking for an object or a person. With each successful quest, the mystery behind the game slowly opens up to you. The story telling is quite engaging and you won’t fully appreciate how clever the story arch is until you complete the game and watch the end game reveal sequence.

There is not much combat within Lykia. For some, this may be a turn off if you are looking for something with a bit more adrenaline to it. Most of the puzzle elements are switch based with some being easy to understand while others require a little bit of trial and error (which did get a little frustrating).

Containing 4 to 6 hours of overall game play, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Lykia and appreciated that the game is designed to allow the player to succeed. If the subtle references to what you need to do in the game are not sufficient, Lykia contains a built in hint system that will literally tell you what you need to do and where you need to go for the first half of the game.

PULS4R have traditionally made all the digital versions of their game projects available for free and the same applies to Lykia, ensuring that as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience this wonderful game.

 

Overall
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Pros

  • Expansive game world
  • Charming characters
  • Casual paced
  • Hint system
  • Save system

Cons

  • Some puzzles are obscure
  • May not contain enough action for some

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