(Early Access Review, as an early access release, you may experience bugs, content, interface and optimization changes. If you are not excited to play the title in its current state & help to support the title to full release by reporting bugs and requesting additional content, you may want to wait for further development)
Two brothers, John & Sam, are headed out on a camping trip to the countryside for a weekend of fun. After parking, they carry their gear through the trails to their chosen camping area. After some idle chit chat, they finally get camp set up. They sit around the campfire enjoying their meal and conversation, after which they retire for the evening. Suddenly John awakens, noticing his younger brother is not sleeping beside him and goes out to see what he is doing. He calls out for him, "Sam, Sam, where are you" getting no reply. Unable to find him, the police are brought in to investigate, never finding a trace of his brother, Sam.
A decade later, playing as John, you still have questions about what happened to Sam that fateful day. Deciding to return to the camping site to reflect and explore your memories, you come across a radio near camp with a mysterious woman on the other end asking for help. As any proper young man would do, you agree to assist her. Your adventure now begins; with radio in hand you venture off in her direction as your thoughts wander to that horrible night so long ago.
Released & self-published on May 12, 2020, by the developer BitLight. It is tagged as Adventure, Indie, Casual, Action, Early Access, I have added Walking Simulator to the list. It is semi-linear, there is some exploration allowing for free movement around the game world. It has a colorful graphic design with stock audio effects. A short startling story to discover as you uncover the truth about the past. An interesting underground cave system to explore, with some parkour included.
The title was a short, interesting play; the cave system is very vibrant with all the floral with-in. Though it is fairly linear I liked the parkour added through the canopy of vegetation, as well as the pitfalls that are hidden where one mistake sends you to the cave floor again. I spent a good part of my time trying to break the game, which I enjoyed almost as much as I did playing the main story. I admit I found some issues to report to the developer to help to get the title to full release. Nothing game-breaking, I was able to complete it; mainly just invisible wall areas I was able to penetrate, along with clipping issues. I did manage to break it a couple of times (this is what I do though, most users more than likely won't find the things I do). This is the reason I love doing early access reviews, to help further them to full release.
The title does need additional work; the story needs to be polished, optimizations are needed, as well as clipping issues to resolve. The developer has been actively updating and looking for input to improve the title with the community. Once the game comes out of early access I will try to return and re-evaluate my score. Now it is up to you to decide if you would like to begin your adventure.
Review written by DamageInc.for Zeepond.com!
Positives+ Unusual Story-line
+ Vibrant Colorful Graphics
+ Steam Achievements
Negatives- No Steam Trading Cards (at this time)
- Optimizations Needed
- Additional Patching Needed
Lost Brothers: A Mysterious Story: A Brother Lost to Time, Can you get the Answers You Need? A Short Walking Sim.
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