Forever Lost: Episode 3
"Forgetting isn't enough. You can paddle away from the memories and think they are gone. But they will keep floating back, again and again and again. They circle you, like sharks. Until, unless, something, someone? Can do more than just cover the wound." What is worse than forgetting? In Forever Lost: Episode 3, the final point and click mobile adventure game (available for Android and iOS in HD or SD flavour) in the Forever Lost Trilogy, you learn that although losing your mind, memories, and everything that makes you you is pretty frightening, there are actually worse things than forgetting.
Glitch Games comes roaring back after their little amuse bouche in the form of Cabin Escape to give us an answer as to what precisely is going on with Jason, Alice, Hugo, and our unknown protagonist with a solid walkabout adventure that lasts as long as all of the previous games combined, Whereas Episode 1 took place in the underground lair, Episode 2 in and around Hawthorne Manor and Cabin Escape in, well, a cabin, Episode 3 sprawls across multiple locations in what is now evidently an island. Going from the house where Episode 2 left off you will travel to Alice's cabin (again), the Elysium Forest, and the grounds of the Hawthorne Institute itself, each solved puzzle a new discovery which brings the story finally into a cohesive whole. Is the protagonist Jason, Hugo, Alice, or some other poor sap who has dropped into this nightmare and can't get out? All will be revealed... or will it?
Playing Forever Lost: Episode 3 is a matter of tapping and dragging your way through the gorgeous scenery and solving puzzles in every corner of this fascinating world. As with all classic point and click adventures you have a satchel to hold all of the items you pick up along the way, and Glitch Games' brilliant in-game camera to record everything you see. The camera feature allows the player to snap a pic of whatever they see, placing the images into an album where you can retrieve the pictures, examine them in close-up detail, and even scribble notes on them. Episode 3 auto saves when you close the app and there are eight slots in which to save, allowing for multiple players or games on a single device. The scenery astounds whether it is in the detailed and lush interiors or the moody forest, accompanied brilliantly by the haunting music of Richard J. Moir. Best of all is the built-in hint feature which can help players around any obstacle. By turns spooky and funny, moody and dark, Forever Lost: Episode three hits that sweet spot known to every fan of classic adventure gaming, a perfect balance of exploration and puzzle solving whilst telling a grand story, this is an adventure that is destined to become a classic in the field. Glitch Games has once again given us pitch perfect adventuring combined with a gripping story and sprinkled with their sly hidden pop culture references and occasionally painful puns. Time to enjoy swimming with the sharks!