E3 First Impressions – Lost Words: Beyond the Page

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Lost Words: Beyond the Page is a breathtakingly beautiful story that takes you through an emotional journey by Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett that touches on topics like love, loss, and grief in a platformer adventure where words are (literally) magic.

The game itself reminds me of Child of Light between the moving narrative and vibrant artwork that the world is built in, so I was instantly enraptured by Lost Words.

The game by Sketchbook Games takes place in the main character Izzy’s journal where she explores her dream of being the world’s next great writer, building the fantasy world of Estoria where the rest of the game takes place. This juxtaposition of exploring Izzy’s thoughts and emotions through the powers of her words, which in-turn become the source of the main character’s power, was a refreshing new mechanic to explore.

During my hands-on time, the gameplay began just as Izzy receives her journal as a gift.  Her words act as platforms you must maneuver across that became more unpredictable as Izzy’s tone changed and the narrative progressed.

The journal flipped between Izzy’s musing of real life, of loss, and how she turns to prose to help cope. Thus, Estonia is born.

I played through the initial sequence where Izzy’s main character is born and her motivations are set, undergoing her transformation to become a word mage.

The game showcased the different ways in which you “save” words to be used as magic, as shown in the reveal trailer above.

My limited experience with Lost Words: Beyond the Page touched my heart to the point that I was in tears by the end of my short play through and I feel that connection was only a taste of what the game has to offer.

It was launch in December 2019 on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.