This game is brilliant at first, but does get a little it repetative after a while.
The character you play as is Keith, you are washed up on to a desert island where Keith meets Skye who has also been washed ashore.
Skye has poor eyesight and has lost her glasses in the process of being washed ashore So Keith has to look after himself and Skye by using a variety of survival skills.
These skills involve scavaging for food such as fallen coconuts, mushrooms and seaweed. These can be cooked once you have found materials or making a fire.
When you light the fire you use the L1 and L2 buttons to create a spark then blow in to the microphone of the ds until the fire is lit! How cool is that!!
You can also make a spear to spear fish with, a fishing rod, traps to catch animals and much more.
You have to make sure that both Skye and Keith's health stats are all ok which is where it gets to be a bit of a pain, for instance if you are out trying to find a way to leave the island and it gets too hot you have to find water to satisfy them, then they may get hungry or tired.
Even if Keith is out exploring without Skye you have to make sure Skye is not hungry, not too tired etc.
Overall the story is fab, I love the way the game uses many of the ds's capabilities to make gameplay more fun.
The graphics are fairly good, epecially for a handheld and the sound is also good. Alot of thought has gone into the designing of the game
I dont think this game has had enough press as I only found out about it through a friend, but I have recommened it to loads of people now.
Lost in Blue is the third game in the Survival kids series. The first was released on the Game boy, the second on game Boy Colour (but not available in this country) and now the third on Nintendo DS. It was released in this country by Konami in November 2005.
There are a number of differences between the older games and this one Two of the main features would be the graphics and the use of the stylus throughout the game. The graphics are much clearer and smoother. It is almost like watching an animated cartoon. The people walk almost normally and birds fly about. Rabbits and rats scurry about on the ground, whilst the water really looks like it is running. Much more appealing to the eye. As for the stylus, which is a pen like device and comes with the DS console, it provides much more fun and interaction with the game. It is used throughout the game for digging, building and searching. But more about that later. The other obvious difference is the fact that on the DS you have two screens. The lower one is the touch screen and remains the same showing your character and what he is up to. The top one can alternate by pressing the L and R buttons to show a map of the Island (World map), map of the area that your character is at and yours and skyes physical status. I will explain that in a minute. The screen also tells you the day, time and weather.
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The game starts with you as the hero, Keith, waking up. You are 18 years old and have gone on your fist solo Summer holiday. You had been full of excitement and joy but now you find yourself wet, hungry and alone. During a bad storm you have been tossed overboard and have now come to rest on what appears to be a deserted island. The first thing you need to do is eat which means searching for some food. Along the beach a bit you will come across a young girl called Skye. (Imported versions may have different names) Skye is very intelligent but unfortunately has very bad eyesight. This would be ok if she had her glasses, but sadly they are no where to be found. Due to this most of the work is down to you. Skye will do the cooking, but only if you provide her with food and cooking materials. She will also make ropes and baskets, but again, you must provide the equipment needed. Together you must work out how to get off the island, but also in the mean time, surviving.
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The only way off the island is to explore it. I dont want to give any of it away, so I will just say that in doing so you need to use skill and solve puzzles so the game is ideal for logic thinkers. Of course you will also need eat and drink in order to survive. On the top screen of your console is a picture of two silhouettes. One yours, one Skyes. The silhouette of your body shows your levels of; Stamina, which can be recovered by rest and sleep; Water, which can be recovered by drinking or eating foods that contain water; and Stomach, which will replenish when you eat. You also have an HP status, which will gradually drop. This will drop quicker when your stamina, water and stomach gauges drop to 0. If your HP reaches 0, the game is over. But just to make the game that bit harder you are also in control of Skye. Her HP must not drop either. And despite being intelligent, here eyesight problems mean she is unable to go searching for food or water so this has to be your responsibility too.
Other things that will aid your survival are finding shelter, keeping warm, and building furniture. These are all done with the stylus.
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Using the stylus
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The stylus is used throughout the game. Firstly it is used when in carpentry mode. By building beds, a table and some chairs you can rest up better or be more comfy when eating or completing tasks. Or you may wish to build shelves to add storage. Building the furniture is achieved by copying the shapes that fall on your screen. It sounds easy but it is one of the hardest parts of the game. Lots of practice is the key, and definitely lots of saving just in case!
Secondly the stylus is handy when searching for food. You can tap on the floor randomly and find small spices lying about, which enhance your meals. Then it is used when digging up foods such as carrots and potatoes. You simply use the stylus to scratch away as it were in the dirt to reveal the vegetables. The stylus can also be used to shake trees and then to pick up the objects off the ground.
After you have collected the items you need to make a spear, you can use the stylus to catch fish. Simply tap the screen as the fish swim by and hope that you have caught it. This can take a bit of getting used to but makes it more realistic. But there are other ways to get food, and other skills to learn.
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To keep warm you will need to make a fire. After collecting the necessary bits and making a fire starter, you need to carefully press the L and R buttons. This imitates rubbing a stick into a piece of bark. Once the fire begins to glow, gently blow into the microphone on the console to get it going.
Once you have made a fishing rod, you can abandon the spear and fish properly. This time using the A and B button and the controls to reel your catch in. This is not as easy as it sounds and some fish will get away if you are not careful.
For more substantial meals, you can go hunting. With a bow and arrows, and a careful aim you can bring down a nice juicy boar, or if you are really lucky a deer caught in a homemade trap.
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All the items you make or collect can be stored in your backpack. But there is a limit of twenty items so choose wisely. Each item, except food, has certain attributes, be it durability, resilience, straightness or sharpness. This will tell you the quality of it and how long it is likely to last.
You can also store spices and bait for fishing in your backpack and are accessed by pressing the X button which calls up the sub menu. You can have unlimited spices and bait and these are not counted in the twenty items.
You can also get to your scrapbook here. This will record every item that you have obtained in the game, either by searching or making. I am not sure that you need to find every item, especially as some are extremely rare, but some people see this as part of the challenge of the game.
There is no set time to the game and you can play it as you like, and this might include finding all the items, but how you play the game will make a difference to the ending. I believe there are three different versions. As the game can go on for a while you will need to save your progress.
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Saving the Game
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When you go to sleep each night, you are given the chance to save the game. You can also quicksave at any time. Very handy when attempting building, as if you fail, you lose your materials. At the game start up you have the choice of starting from either saves or wiping out the data all together. (If you are really that mad) You can have two games saved, though I am not sure why you would want to do this. At first you can only play as keith, but once this is completed you can go on to play as Skye. This may be why there are two saving slots, but I have not as yet got there so will let you know in due course.
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The game itself is very good. It is full of challenges and puzzles to keep your brain stimulated. It reminds me of the two Sims games that came out for the Nintendo consoles, and so if you liked them, this would be ideal for you. However, with different endings it means that you can play it over again until you have achieved them all.
It makes full use of the stylus, which some of the DS games dont. So is money well spent.
The game is aged at 7+ which I would say is about right. In order to play the game you must be able to read, and as I said some of the modes need a lot of skill and precise judgement which younger children may find hard.
I bought this game in GAME for the sum of £29.99. Whilst this is expensive, it is also average for these console games and as it will provide many hours of entertainment in the end. Gradually the price will drop, or you may be able to pick up a bargain online. But I would definitely say this is a game worth buying.
How wonderful is it that all of the suggestions have been added on because now I can tell you about my other Nintendo DS games that I can recommend to you. The first that comes up is Lost in Blue and I am not joking when I say this is the most addictive game I have ever played and I am slightly glad that I have completed it now as I can finally do something else with my spare time (well I have started another game).
What is the story of the game?
(Reading from the back of the box)
You awake on the shores of a deserted island. The storm that carried you here is now calm. Where are you? Are you alone? Can you survive? Can you escape? You will need to learn many skills if you are to survive. Scavenge food, find shelter, make tools, hunt animals and catch fish. Using the touch screen and microphone features of the Nintendo DS, you will discover exciting and innovative game play as you explore this beautiful but treacherous island.
Verdict on the story:
The story is so amazing and it amazes me because I have said for years that I would like a Sims style game to come out that actually has a purpose and this one is just that. Fitting to the TV programme Lost you are stranded on a deserted island and just like in that programme you have to survive and to do that you have to think of things you can use and do to allow you to survive. There are so many puzzles, things to learn and places to find along the way that the story does not get boring.
The characters in this game are excellent. You play as Keith at first and then quite early on in the game you meet Skye who is marooned on the island with you. Although you do not get to play as Skye you still have to really look after her which is quite fun but annoying at times as you have to cut trips short to get back and feed her.
What I think about the characters is that they are fun and because they are on this island and have no recollection of how they got there you do not need to know a back story for either of them. As you play as Keith and look after Skye you do learn a lot about them both and get to know them quite well.
Graphics and Sounds:
The graphics first of all are simply amazing and considering it is a handheld console and the screens are not too big, you can see everything you need to and they fit a lot on the screen. Every little bit of detail you could want from the game is there and the two people look excellent. The graphics remain consistently excellent throughout the game for example when you catch a fish; the pictures of the fish look very real indeed.
The sounds in the game are superb and fitting to the actual game. The people when they talk to each other do sound strange but at least you know a dialogue box will come up letting you know what they are saying. All sounds are different depending on where you are in the game so while you are in cave it sounds quite peaceful but then if you go outside while it is raining you can hear the rain and how nasty it is to be out in the rain.
The game-play in this game is amazing and there has obviously so much thought into making the game as it is truly wonderful. The buttons are quite hard to get used to at first as all of them are utilised and you have to work out how to get where you want to and how to access the map and your backpack.
Honestly though the best thing about this game is the fact that you can do so much in the game from hunting, fishing, building furniture and digging for food. The touch screen and microphone is utilised in this game so you get the most out of the DS. What I like is that when you build a fire you have top do it as if you were lighting one in real life so you use the top L and R buttons to move your hands and then when you have a spark you blow into the microphone to light the fire. The touch screen is used for doing things like building furniture when you have to make shapes using the stylus and then for digging up food.
Throughout the game the game-play is made easier by the fact that you always know where you are and you also always know how the two characters are doing. The top screen is where you view your statistics so by pressing the L and R buttons you can switch between them. One gives you just a 3-D picture of the island, the next gives you a detailed look at where you are so a map and also shows you on the map so you can recognise where you are at all times. The final screen gives you Keiths and Skyes statistics so you can see when they need food, water and rest.
Things to know:
Price - £24.99 from Amazon but £29.99 in shops.
Certification Suitable for ages 7 and over.
If you ever want an addictive and slightly annoyingly so game then this is the one to get as it is wonderful and gives you so much to do that you simply cannot get bored but believe me when you cant find what to do next it does get annoying.
The story itself is great and a brilliant idea for a game because the producers can make everything look however they like. Because it s set on an island with no other signs of people then there is so much to explore and do and you literally have to keep your characters safe.
I love the characters because they are like Sims and they do what you tell them to. I like the fact that you go into so much detail as to feed them and actually have to go out and find food for them. The characters are so loveable and the cutest thing about the game is Skye. You see Skye cant see very well so Keith has to help her everywhere so to take her out of the cave which you have made your home, you have to hold her hand. Me and Sam were just going awww the first time we played and when you take her a walk and she has to climb up and down things Keith lifts her and it is co cute.
I know I have been going on about how cute the game is but it is not a girls game honestly guys as my boyfriend thinks it is great but he gets too addicted to games so I took it off him (plus its my DS and I wanted to play on it). The game is quite hard at times and you do have to work out a lot of the time what you are supposed to do next to progress. It is like a Sims game in the fact that you control the characters lives to a large extent but unlike the Sims the game this game has a purpose and can be completed.
Every game I have played on the Nintendo DS has been stunning and I love the fact that this console is so amazing and every game stuns me in some way. This game is my favourite purely because I think more work has gone into this one than any of the others (well apart from Nintendogs) and it is visually stunning and great to play. I am just waiting now for the manufacturers to bring out another game just like this one .
In conclusion I am definitely giving this game five stars as it is the best game I have played on the DS and I actually feel very sad having completed it and want to play it again.
Thanks for reading.
This innovative RPG takes players on a journey of survival, adventure and mystery. After a disastrous incident at sea, the young hero of the game awakens to find himself on a seemingly uninhabited island. After meeting another survivor, a 17-year old girl who has also drifted ashore, the two must work together to survive. While planning their escape, the two will learn survival skills, such as hunting, searching for food and building tools while uncovering the island's many mysteries.