Clean bill of stealth

So, trendthrift is a hulking great DS whore. It’s a superb machine blessed with a number of truly outstanding games. Unfortunately, Lost In Blue isn’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely game for the most part, with some innovative ideas. It’s a shame, then, that the penultimate section lapses into a block puzzle marathon, which is followed by everybody’s favourite extraneous after-thought: super-stealthy stealth mode. Block puzzles I can handle (indeed I enjoy solving them more than is probably natural), even when shoe-horned into a game they don’t belong in, but stealth for stealth’s sake is a real bugbear of mine. I enjoy growing some stubble, adopting a gruff voice and playing as Sam Fisher more than most, but sneaking around in a game like this just feels wrong. It’s the polar opposite of what you’ve been doing for the rest of the game, for a start. Lost In Blue is, up until that point, is all about exploring a large tropical island, snooping wherever you like, whenever you like. Oh well. It’s not as if it’s a bad game. It just could have been better. If you’re a patient gamer, it’s well worth a look purely because it’s different to anything you’re likely to have played before (unless you managed to grab Stranded Kids on the GameBoy Colour). Whatever you do, don’t be one of these people who reads a blog or internet forum and dismisses a game you were previously looking forward to simply because of one person’s opinion. Those idiots are more annoying than Stealthy McStealtherson.

On a more enjoyable note, finishing Lost In Blue means that the trendthrift DS’ cartridge slot is now being amply filled by the utterly charming Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. I’ve only had a couple of quick sessions with it, but it’s already looking like being one of the best written games I’ve ever played. And I’m damned if it’s legal to have much more fun than yelling “OBJECTION!” down the microphone at a vital point in a virtual murder trial. Or maybe I’m just living a sheltered life.


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