Lara Croft Go is a turn based puzzle adventure game. That means that you goal in the game is to solve puzzles usually by making choice that will be given to you in turns. The game is set up in a location of some long-forgotten world. You will have to move with you character in the game across some kind of ancient ruins which have one belonged to some large ancient civilization. And moving through this world you will discover some well kept secrets, and you fill have to face with some deadly challenges as you will be on your way to discover the myth of the Queen of Venom.
The game Lara Croft Go is created for mobile phones, and it is creted by the company Square Enix, who had produce in the past a similar game called Hitman Go, which also have minimalistic visual design of the maps, as it is also somewhat the case of the game Lara Croft Go.
By the words of programmers who made this game, their basic feeling during the creation of this game was the feeling of nostalgia that they have towards the first issue of Lara Croft games in the nineties. So the creators of this game have followed that feeling, wanting to create and design game that resembles those old Lara Croft games, both in term of the ‘’look’’ or design of the game and its environment, but also in the term of gameplay and the way that the game is played.
The game resembles some old and familiar concepts of turn based puzzling adventure, like for instance the famous game called Prince of Persia. Lara Croft Go appearance is quite similar to this game (which dates form 1989), as Lara Croft Go is designed as animated game, where Lara Croft and scene around here are animated and looks like some kind of drawing, and not just 3D animation.
The very character of Lara Croft is, of course, very athletic and acrobatic, and as such it fits perfectly in the concept of this game, where you will have to go through all different kind of obstacles and to climb on the walls, large staircases, threes and other large obstacles. The mechanics of the main character in the game, that is Lara Croft, are done very well by the programing team of this game. Her movement includes lots of ‘’small’’ gestures and diversity, with gives this game an extra impression and an extra plus for its ‘’playability’’. Also, the mechanics and the that game is played and the controls, are very nice explained in the begging of the game, as you played the game you will be introduced gradually to the way how you can control and what you can do with your character in the game. All of that kind of explanation you will be giving in the begging levels of the game. The complexity of challenges will rise as you advance to the higher levels of the games. (By the way, there are around 50 levels in the game). The complexity of the game will raise sufficiently slowly, so that it will not be frustrating to you, as you will probably become gradually more and more experienced and prepared for new challenges in the game. And, yet again these new challenges will not come to you slowly, in a dull way, not at all, as this game is quite entertaining and playful as most of the commentators agree. It seems that the developers have strike the perfect measure of the complexity of this game.
Regarding the very puzzles that you will have to face it the game, the puzzles are usually not very demanding, although some of them are, as you will have sometimes to think carefully what decision you will have to make, for some ‘’bad’’ decision may cause other events in the game that will make impossible for you to finish the level. So prepare yourself for some logical thinking, as these puzzles might be very engaging, and might demand you full focus on them.
For the solution of some problem in the game you will probably have to make two or three mistakes before you discover the solution, but this game do not have any ‘’penalties’’ if you make I mistake, so you can relax yourself and you do not have to think too much ‘’in advance’’, just try the solution that come to your mind. Also, the game does not have many ‘’checkpoints’’, so you can just star the game again from any point of the game that you have previously accomplished. And also, hidden items in the game are not quite well ‘’hidden’’, so it is not too hard to find them, but since the discovery of some hidden item lead you to the possibility of ‘’unlocking’’ new costumes for your heroin, Lara Croft, you will probably not take that as a bad thing but as a good thing, since new costumes are really fun and gives you a new view on the ongoing game.
The fight against the bosses are also very well designed and those fight are quite interesting. In those fight you can see in full light what developers have prepared for you, many acrobatic moves that Lara Croft is doing in those fights will probably leave you quite impressed.
Background music and sound effects, such as Lara’s mumbling and talking, are also very impressive, and contributes a lot to the ‘’experience’’ of the whole game. Therefore it is a recommendation to play this game with your headphones or with the sound turned on higher on you speakers, in order order to get yourself completely ‘’into’’ the experience of this game. Visual effect and scenography of the game is, like I have already said, also quite impressive.Although the scenography is done in a minimalistic manner, the job that developers have done on this is quite amazing, and on this job many of movie produces will probably be envy.
In various game-review web sites Lara Croft Go is rated with good grades, and nice words for this game come especially from the users themselves. People often says that this game is really entertaining (although it could have been a little harder) and that they like very much the visual impression of the game, and the artistic style of the game scenography and its design in general.
Therefore, other people usually recommend you to play this game, for they find it amusing and fun, and that the ambient of the game is enjoyable. So if you are ready to face with various type of obstacles, such as deep pits in which you could fall or poison snakes that attacks everything that comes in to their sights, or big lizards which crawls across the map, or huge rolling stones and spikes that comes on to you, and many other different elements know from the previous versions of Tomb Raider games, then you should try this game. The game is not boring at all, since every new element that you can come across during the game, can usually be put in a combination with the previous element or items that you have already discovered in the game, so putting those thing together is always possible, as they create new mechanism that you can produce and use in the game. All of this gives a quite sense of playability and of freedom in the game, and makes want to explore more, and also to play this game more.
The developers of the game has done a good job in creating this game Lara Croft Go, and many of others game-review web sites have the same opinion since they have good comment about this game. The game is made for mobile phones, and my guess is that developers did not have the intention to make this game as a too hard, and too require too much brain job. Their main intention was to create a fun and enjoyable video game in which you can dedicate your time by also employing a little bit of your logical thinking, so you will have of course to turn on you brain cells and commit yourself fully to this game. But that kind of commitment in combination with other positive factors of this game, such as artistic scenes and environment, impressive sound effects and music, will probably create for you a unique feeling of joy while playing this game through the acrobatic and skillful character of Lara Croft.
So, in any case, despite perhaps some ‘’minuses’’ of the games, you should definite try this video game masterpiece, because in terms of playability and ‘’experience’’ of this very game, Lara Croft Go is a game that you definitely have to try out. This is a game, I think, that could become a ‘’classic’’, in a sense that this could be the kind of a video game that you would like to play again after couple months or even yers of break from this game.