Cryo Interactive was a company synonymous with 90ies adventure games that were visually impressive back in the days despite some problematic gameplay, so it’s great to see a title like Lost Eden resurface on GOG.
Even if I’ve never been a fan of first-person adventure games like Myst due to their obscure machine puzzles and orientation problems, I’ve always been interested in Cryo’s output, mainly for the visual, auditory, and otherworldly narrative experiences. While Lost Eden might have lost a lot of its shine compared to when it was released back in 1995, there’s still something rather unique about an alternative reality where dinosaurs and humans live in discord and main protagonist Adam trying to reunite the different species.
Promoted as a mix of strategy and adventure game, the former aspect is due to traveling from one place to another and trying to resolve conflicts on a tight time limit, as an enemy force approaches the citadel, the stronghold of Adam. It almost feels like an RPG without the battling and leveling up, but with an emphasis on exploration of a believable and fantastic world.
The rendered cut-scenes and character models might not have aged very well, but the soothing music is what I remember most fondly about it when I played the demo ages ago. Of course the nostalgic way of looking at it could cloud one’s judgement, but with the release on GOG it might be the right time to revisit it together with all the other Cryo games and see if story and cinematic presentation are enough to overlook their outdated technology and flawed puzzle design.
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