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Lost Eden

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Lost Eden is a game in which you play the part of Adam, son of the king of Mo.

Platform/OS: MS-DOS, Macintosh
Game developer: Cryo
Game genre: Adventure
Release: 1995

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Lost Eden is a game in which you play the part of Adam, son of the king of Mo the only remaining citadel in the world. In this world dinosaurs and humanoid creatures live together on the same world but due to the former king who disliked and enslaved the dinosaurs there is very little interaction between the races. This has allowed the Tyran (tyrannosaurus like species) to attack many lands and their leader Morkus Rex has the citadel of Mo as his final destination. It's up to you to find a way to unite all the species and defeat the Tyran once and for all.

The game starts in the citadel of Mo and word has just arrived that the Tyran have attacked Chamaar, a nearby settlement. The king is reluctant to go out as he sees the citadel as the only safe place but with the help of Eloi, a pterodactyl, and Dina, a duckbill dinosaur, eventually you convince him to let you go out and try to settle things. The first thing to do is built a small citadel in Chamaar, you can do this with the help of the Brontosaurs but only if you persuade them in the right way. Once you are done in an area you can move on to the next where people will also want a citadel for protection. Some of the natives will also help you with items which you will need later on. The Tyran of course aren't stopped easily and you will have to improve the citadel by inlisting the help of triceratops and raptors who will fight for you for a price. Much of the game is taken up by this process and each area will have to be explored so you can find the natives and the dinosaurs that can help you, an area is roughly about 30-40 squares large but each square is only a single screen wide so it will not take too long.

The interface is very easy to use, your cursor will change to another icon when you mouse over something that can be used or a direction you can move in. Inventory items are displayed at the bottom of the screen and you can view your party by clicking on the top picture, this is mandatory for some puzzles as others will and can often help you with objects or advice. Many puzzles aren't hard to figure out and items that you need can easily be found around the area, some also respawn because you will need them in other areas as well.
Graphically the game was incredible when it was released, everything was rendered in 3D and the characters are hand drawn. When you move or when there are cut scenes you basically watch a short 3D movie, strangly though when you move backwards there is no such scene and you are simply transported back to the previous screen I guess this was done to save space on the CD. There aren't a lot of different tunes in the game but the main ones are quite good.

Cryo made lots of adventure games in the same style, first person point and click affairs. Many of them looked great but some were often lacking in the adventuring department. Lost Eden fits both categories and as always features a completely silent hero in that even though he obviously speaks to characters you never hear his voice. The first part of the game is basically the same steps repeated as you build citadels, improve them and fight of the Tyran but when you are done the story progresses quite rapidly. Even though you have to do all that the game is quite easy to complete and especially if you skip all the cut scenes which are often shown several times during the flying and building scenes it will only take a few hours from start to finish.
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