[Nintendo Switch] Lost Words: Beyond the Page Review
Lost Words: Beyond the Page from Modus Games and Sketchbook Gams is a narrative-driven adventure on Nintendo Switch. Learn more in our Lost Words: Beyond the Page review!
In Lost Words: Beyond the Page, you’ll be taking on a 2D narrative-driven adventure from Modus Games and Sketchbook Games, penned by Rhianna Pratchett. You’ll be playing over the adventure presented on the pages of a young girl’s diary, walking over words as you use them as tools to solve the puzzles you’ll run into. Her name is Isabelle Barbara Cooke, but most people call her Izzy.
You can run with the left analog stick, jumping with the B button, and crouch with the Y button. You can interact with objects and characters by using the A button. The cursor on the screen – a sacred firefly it seems – can be moved around with the right analog stick. Any scraps that you find can be collected with the ZR button, either during the segments on Izzy’s journal, or during your magical adventures – more on this in a bit. You can open the book with the ZL button to use the special words that you collect – words that can be temporary or remain with you for the long haul.
Izzy will start to write on the journal that her grandmother gave her. She’ll dream up a land called Estoria, a magical place full of wonder and new adventures. You will get to help her decide on the name of the heroine of the land, as well as of the color that she wears. Slowly but surely, you will be the outside force that inspires Izzy to carry onward with her desire to become a writer. You’ll be jumping back and forth between what Izzy is writing about what is going on in her life, and the story she’s crafting for Estoria.
The heroine will become the Guardian of the Fireflies, which is why she must set out on a journey to find all of them after a dragon attacks the village, taking the fireflies with it. You will have to use the magical power of the words in your book to alter some of the objects that surround you, so that you can collect all fireflies and bring them back to safety. You’ll get to use the power of rise to make objects levitate, or you can repair broken structures to help them return to their former glory. But perhaps there will be times when you need to break a barrier on your path so that you can carry onward with your quest.
Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a solid narrative-driven 2D platforming adventure that jumps between issues in the real world and how one sometimes needs to escape to a faraway, made up land to recover from the stress, anxiety, and depression that can easily overcome you when things take a turn for the worse. It features a gorgeous hand-drawn aesthetic for its journal segments, as well as a great-looking and charming look for the Estoria sequences, making it easy to recommend for those of you looking for a more chill experience that can be completed in 4-5 hours or so. Lost Words: Beyond the Page is out next week on April 6 with a $14.99 asking price, and it’s one you should check on Nintendo Switch.
This Lost Words: Beyond the Page review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Modus Games.