- System: Nintendo Switch, PC, Android, IOS
- Publisher: Plug In Digital
- Developer: Digixart Entertainment, Midgar Studio
- Release Date: June 21, 2018
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: Rhythm, Music
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://lostinharmony.com/en/home/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Originally, Lost in Harmony was actually a IOS/Android game, but it eventually found its way to the Nintendo Switch and PC. The main idea of Lost in Harmony is to choose between two stories—Kaito’s Adventure and M.I.R.A.I’s Escape—and play 12+ chapters that each feature a unique stage and unique song/track. This might seem common, right? Well, folks, Lost in Harmony does some different things with how it executes its gameplay that makes for some rather interesting and cool gameplay ideas/themes.
Lost in Harmony is one-part runner game—players run towards the screen while avoiding dangers and obstacles—and another part rhythm game. Regardless of the story you choose—though we recommend Kaito’s Adventure for a quite emotional tale and M.I.R.A.I’s Escape for some wicked tracks—the game will remain the same. Escape various threats that appear on screen and hit musical notes—via the face buttons—when they appear. Your goal is to hit 50% of the bar on the top right and hitting notes/collecting stardust—lines on screen that appear—make it raise while taking damage and missing notes makes the bar lower. Due to the mixture of both genres, Lost in Harmony can be quite frantic and that makes for an exciting gameplay experience. We had a blast learning to balance between running away from threats on screen and hitting notes when they rapidly began to appear. Lost in Harmony isn’t the hardest rhythm game around, but on normal, it gave us a bit of a challenge; hard mode was tough to say the least.
Now what matters most for rhythm games is the music and art, at least in our opinion. Staring at blank screens or non-moving images makes for boring rhythm games, but luckily, that isn’t the case with Lost in Harmony. Not only does Lost in Harmony look incredible with beautiful art, animation and settings, but most of the tracks are pretty good. If we had a complaint with the tracks/songs it would be about Kaito’s Adventure as most of the songs—with the exception of a few—are just classic melodies remixed and altered to fit chaotic dream sequences. M.I.R.A.I.’s Escape has the best track selection if you’re into electronica and EDMS-like music. There are 30+ songs in Lost in Harmony and for the most part about 85% of them are solid which our minds makes for a good music game overall.
Wrapping up our gameplay portion of our review, if we had any complaints about Lost in Harmony—which we really don’t—it might be that the runner aspects of the game can be a bit…tough. Runner games excel being able to narrowly escape dangers that appear thanks to just the right amount of space to avoid obstacles. Lost in Harmony sometimes feels unfair with its obstacles and often it will take extreme reflexes—or memory of the level—to avoid obstacles. There are warning icons that appear but even with those too, sometimes moving out of harm’s way feels nigh impossible. Is this a big deal? Not really, but for those who want to master Lost in Harmony be prepared for a challenge indeed.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent stories especially Kaito’s Adventure
- Solid tack selection in M.I.R.A.I’s Escape
- Awesome rhythm/runner gameplay
- Emotional story that will tug at your heartstrings
- Extremely affordable price
- Some of the tracks could have been stronger in Kaito’s Adventure
- Can be quite hard to sometimes react to some of the environmental threats.