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  • Summary: Occult journalist Hayato Ibuki encounters a strange girl during his investigations into a series of mysterious suicides in Tokyo. She implores that Hayato must live, before bestowing upon him a mystical device that allows him to capture celestial and arcane creatures. He is now thrust into aOccult journalist Hayato Ibuki encounters a strange girl during his investigations into a series of mysterious suicides in Tokyo. She implores that Hayato must live, before bestowing upon him a mystical device that allows him to capture celestial and arcane creatures. He is now thrust into a world beyond our own, home to horrific monsters and celestial beings. In it, he must delve into dungeons called Layers and solve the mystery of the device. Where his journey leads him could decide the fate of our world...


    * Mythology Unbound -- Features 100+ astrals from myths and legends to capture, each with 3 unique forms to progress through.

    * Spread the Wealth of Knowledge -- There are more than 250+ skills to learn and distribute among your party of captured Astrals.

    * The Infinite Abyss Awaits -- Test yourself against massive dungeons with up to 99 floors of deadly dangers.
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  1. Jun 25, 2018
    Although The Lost Child is a far cry from El Shaddai, Sawaki Takeyasu clearly crafted something special here. If you're a fan of first-person dungeon crawlers then you surely won't be disappointed with this fulfilling monster-recruiting adventure.
  2. Jun 22, 2018
    Old-school dungeon crawlers aren’t all that common these days, so The Lost Child made for a refreshing experience. A little more depth – and better balanced difficulty – in the combat wouldn’t have gone amiss, though. But even as it is, The Lost Child is worth picking up.
  3. 70
    It’s not always fun to read or look at, but I can get lost in grinding, evolving, and purifying more demons for hours.
  4. Jun 29, 2018
    A bland and monotonous dungeon crawler game with visual novel bits and twists.
  5. Jul 9, 2018
    Technically out-dated, The Lost Child is too clumsy and not enough challenging to generate a single spark of interest. Fortunately, the characters and story are compelling, which may seduce some players.
  6. Jun 18, 2018
    The Lost Child isn't a game bereft of merit, and we're sure that there's a number of people who'll enjoy the visual novel slash first person dungeon crawler approach taken here. But it's certainly a game with limited appeal - even among the role playing game demographic - thanks to the lifeless battles and cumbrous dungeon design. It's a game that pays more than a passing nod to numerous other RPGs - Pokemon, Persona, and other Shin Megami Tensei titles - but sadly, never approaches the quality of any of them.
  7. Sep 17, 2018
    At its best, The Lost Child knows how to engage its audience with a creative take on the monster catching format without leaning too heavily into its Shin Megami Tensei influences. Unfortunately, at its worst, and it is more often at its worst, The Lost Child drags the audience along with an incohesive story, lacklustre dungeon design, and a repetitive battle system. The title isn't entirely without merit as everything does tend to mesh well enough in small doses, but longer play sessions reveal the monotony of it all. The Lost Child is an interesting experience, but perhaps one best experienced at a severely reduced price.

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  1. Jun 23, 2018
    In a field that was often thankless, it’s nice to see the developers get the attention and credit they deserve, and it’s helpful to have anIn a field that was often thankless, it’s nice to see the developers get the attention and credit they deserve, and it’s helpful to have an idea of what you’re getting into based on a person’s previous work. While Takeyasu Sawaki is not a household name, if you played his previous game El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, chances are you’ll see a lot of similarities in this.

    Starting The Lost Child, you’ll be treated to an intriguing tale of people committing suicide with a woman in purple always present. After almost being killed, Hayato is gifted with a device (from a woman in purple, what a coincidence) that allows him to collect and power up demons and other elevated beings like fallen angels. If you’re familiar with Sawaki’s aforementioned game, you’ll no doubt recognize some of the titular characters in this. Turns out The Lost Child is a spinoff, although anyone expecting another action based game is in for a surprise when they see this is a first person RPG in the vein of Shin Megami Tensei, Etrian Odyssey, and Wizardry.

    As visually arresting as El Shaddai is, this may come as a disappointment. The game is presented in the style of a visual novel. That means characters may have a few different portraits for dialogue, but the designs are all pretty standard for this medium – nothing makes it stand out from other offerings on the market, which is what it needs. The one thing that most other games don’t offer is the strong religious themes and characters, and while Christianity appears to be at the forefront of Sawaki’s games, Lovecraft also plays a pretty prominent role here, although it’s really only in name.

    The game consists of two real portions – Hayato works as an occult journalist and must complete investigations per his boss. These stories are often intertwined with moving the story along with Lua, an angel sent down from Heaven to help Hayato battle the demons, and eventually save all of humankind. As stated previously, the game is presented in a manner similar to a graphic novel. For people that have never played one of those, you’ll be treated to scenes of dialogue and you can make choices that may or may not hold consequence – in this the choice picked determines the type of karma you receive. You’ll follow leads, talk to people in different areas after selecting them from a menu, and learn more about the world around you in this portion of the game.

    The second portion of the game is the dungeon crawling, which is arguably very basic. The mazes you traverse are hardly detailed and very generic, making it easy to get lost if the game didn’t provide a map for you. It’s possible that the environments don’t have much detail because it was expected you’d just follow the map, which is fine, but it doesn’t make the exploration very memorable. Each time I had to traverse another level before fighting the boss I noticed myself audibly sighing. The battles are all fairly simple, often times only requiring you perform normal attacks, although it’s in your best interest to use your Astral Burst to capture enemies before the gauge overfills and starts over from the beginning, making it impossible to use for a turn. At the end of a battle you’ll earn karma as well as experience for Hayato and Lua, who level up as you’d expect, allowing you to apply their newly acquired stat points. The karma is used to level up and purify the different beasts you capture, which you can eventually “evolve” if you max out their level and take them to a character that is only seen through a television.

    The game starts off strong; reminding me of Persona with its mystery of suicides on the train tracks, but quickly dips off once it gets into the story proper. There are plenty of tropes here, and while many of the characters originate from different backgrounds compared to similar games, the overall depiction of everyone is still overly familiar. The fact that Hayato is referred to as the Chosen One in almost every scene between angels, fallen angels, and demons doesn’t make things much better. Knowing this was coming from Sawaki, I was expecting something a bit more special. It’s not that the game is bad, but it doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary.

    If you’ve always wanted to jump into a first person dungeon crawling RPG but haven’t because of the difficulty, The Lost Child is a very welcoming game within the genre. The typically steep learning curve is not found here, although the boss battles can certainly give you a run for your money if you aren’t properly prepared. It also touches on some themes that games tend to shy away from, which is nice, but it’s hardly enough for people that are intimately familiar with the likes of Persona Q or Shin Megami Tensei IV.