Lost Words: Beyond the Page is out now Google Stadia, where it remains exclusive until released on other platforms in about a year.
The new game from Tomb Raider and Mirror’s Edge writer Rhianna Pratchett is expected to release on PS4, Xbox One, Steam and PC in 2021. Lost Words is a 2D narrative adventure game in which players move words to solve puzzles. The game features a story written by Rhianna Pratchett and links the story to gameplay in an unusual way, by letting the player run and interact with words to solve puzzles. “reads the description of Steam.
Gameplay alternates between the pages of 12-year-old Izzy’s Diary and the fantasy world inspired by Izzy’s writings. You go through those 2D worlds and use Izzy’s words as tools to solve various puzzles. I really enjoy the evocative watercolor art style, which stands out with color from different light sources.
GamesRadar + spoke to Pratchett for one Lost words example way back in ancient times of 2019 and discovered how the writer uses new mechanics and underrepresented characters to tell a uniquely effective coming of age story.
Referring to the protagonist’s unconventional pre-teen era, Pratchett said of Lost Words at the time, “When we talk about diversity in games, it’s sometimes limited to needing more women in games. And it’s actually much bigger than that. They are different ethnicities, backgrounds, sexual orientations and ages. That is often ignored and I am interested in the different stories that come with different ages. “
While it’s only available on Stadia for now, you can now add Lost Words to your Steam wish list if you want. For now, check out the new overview trailer at the top and see if it’s something you might like.
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