Tuesday, August 29, 2006

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Lost: The Game

With Lost coming to the end of its second season in the UK in just a few short weeks I decided to take a look at the Lost board game from Re:Creation. The makers of the TV show have treated us to twist after twist over the last few months but very soon we’ll have a few months to kill and nothing to help entertain our crackpot theories.

Not wanting to leave us hanging for 6 months the creators of the show have put together a Lost board game which revolves around key characters and events from the show itself. Rather than create a standard board game with set events such as “Go straight down the hatch, do not pass Go” they’ve opted to include a board which you build yourself from assorted tiles. Each of these tiles are laid face down on the board in a 4 x 4 grid, and they each contain a different location from the show.

This creates a fair bit of mystery as you never know which part of the Island you’ll end up on next, or what events will occur when you get there. Speaking of events, again these are very faithful to the show. When you land on a space you’ll often be asked to draw a “Fate’ card. These include “French Lady’s Transmission” and “Passenger Manifest”, which even early fans of the show will be familiar with. Each card will either give you some equipment, an event, or an encounter with one of the Island's many dangers.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, to actually win the game you’ll need to coerce other players in order to get them to work together. Plus you’re controlling two characters at once meaning you can have them work together to complete events or split up to cover more ground and unravel the secrets of the Island even faster. Splitting up isn’t without dangers, and it increases your risk of injury.

For those of us who grew up on Monopoly, where all your pieces can do is move and buy this will feel like a whole other world. There’s power levels to watch, events to control and coins to flip, and if you do it wrong your character will die. This isn’t a game for kids, it requires constant strategies and a real awareness of what you need to do to win. In fact if anything it feels more like a card game than a board game as characters have unique abilities which give them advantages as well as specific win conditions such as Locke who wins automatically if the ‘Monster’ is destroyed.

As you’ve probably guessed by now there’s a lot to take in with Lost: The Game. It has more depth than any other board game I’ve ever played, and at times that can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’ve never played this style of board game before. There will be people reading this however, who think the above sounds like a walk in the park, if you’re one of those people then this is for you. There’s even advanced rules for those who want a real challenge. Nobody said getting off the Island would be easy!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has got to be the most complex game i have ever attempted to play.............dont waste your time......now where did i put the monopoly?

9:53 PM


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