INVASION: LOST IN TIME


by ITERA LABORATORIES; BIGFISH GAMES

SCI-FI BRILLIANCE!

Story:  While exploring an ancient Egyptian tomb, Mike discovers a strange sarcophagus containing human remains. Much to his shock, the body very closely resembles him. Mike has called you to come help him investigate this bizarre find.
After digging a little deeper, the two explorers find themselves trapped, but they also discover something resembling a large machine in one of the Egyptian tombs. Mike, believing it to be an ancient time machine, believes you can use it to escape. After climbing inside, the real adventures begin.
Enjoy Invasion: Lost in Time and find yourself in Ancient Egypt, visit a caveman, set foot on the mysterious planets Shukaras and Torion. After discovering a sinister invasion plan, will you be able to stop it and return home safely? Only time will tell.

Options:  Basic.

Main Menu:   Cool.

Music & Voice-Overs:   Completely suitable for the story and the genre.

Bonus:   Find 5; Puzzle; Boxes; Minigame.

Desktop:   Diary, Menu, Map (L);  Inventory/Lists (C);  Hint (R).

Tutorial:   Useful.

Graphics:   Amazing!!!  Gorgeous, glorious colour and sharply defined images.  Fabulous Sci-Fi graphics.  Immersive, emotive, and wonderfully Other-Worldly.

Play Modes:   Casual; Difficult.

Map:   Useful and informative.

HOPs:   Interactive Lists open with finding and placing some of the same items into Lists Bar.  Check within Zoom scenes as they Zoom again with no visible Hot-Spot.

Puzzles:   Click Hint to get Puzzle Info – no dedicated button for that.  The Boxes Puzzles are cool.  Find 5 are also enjoyable – you locate circled images in each location.  Match-3 Puzzles are tricky but clever.  Some Puzzles are frustrating and annoying (Password, and Restores Pictures Puzzles), the ‘Compile Ball-Path for the Portal’ Puzzle wouldn’t work (Skip it).

Game-play:   The Game is a little heavy on the Puzzle and Mini-Game side with less HOPs, but the fantastic Sci-Fi nature of the story and graphics sweeps you forward allowing you to tolerate the imbalance.  However, if you love Puzzles then it is a bonus for you.

Satisfaction Factor:  Combines Sci-Fi and Time-Travel with great locations and Ancient Myths.  Intriguing story that is engaging, always moving forward and compelling you to willingly continue.

Frustration Factors: Mostly the frustration of the odd Puzzles, and a little the lack of Tools available on the Desktop to assist your journey.     Tip:  If the Game freezes then use Ctrl/Alt/Del to Task Manager to Game Title and End Running.  Then Restart the Game and it should Play properly.

I love Sci-Fi Adventure games and wish there were more of them.  There is something that sets them apart.  I know there are Portals and Time-Travel elements in Fantasy games as well, and that the line between the two genres is often blurred.  But pure Sci-Fi travelling between our World and Alien Worlds are so creative and encompass Scientific Innovation in all areas which can be breathtaking.

I highly recommend this game to all Sci-Fi fans.

Jud House 13/09/2015

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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