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Rumbic Studio has unveiled Lost in Night, the company’s latest offering for casual gamers. Combining fast-paced Match-3 action and the excitement of city-building, Lost in Night features three gameplay modes, hand-drawn graphics and relaxing music, and bonuses to keep experienced players on their toes.
As a Match-3 game, the “core” action consists of clearing groups of tiles of different colors. Find three in a row and blow them up, with sometimes unexpected results. Connoisseurs can play against the clock for more adrenalin, while new players receive automatic hints (after five seconds of inactivity) for how to make the well-placed move that can turn the tide of the game.
While other Match-3 games support only one gameplay mode (Swap or Chain), Lost in Night goes a step further by now including Group, a third, new gameplay mode. Swap pieces between spots, trace a “chain” between identical pieces, or – now – explode groups of similar colors. And to complete a level, destroy the marble plaques. It’s harder than it sounds. Another game exclusive is the shape of the playing field: Lost in Night offers a traditional rectangular field as well as an innovative six-sided one for a greater challenge.
Bombs, magnets, lightning, shuffles and other bonuses add another dimension of fun. Bombs and magnets offer targeted assistance, removing pieces in a certain area or of a particular color. By randomly moving or removing game pieces, lightning forces even the smartest players to rethink their strategies on the fly. Chains “tie down” pieces until they are exploded by a neighboring piece. Trophies await those who rise to the occasion. Big explosions, high scores, and combo moves all merit special awards, proudly displayed in the Trophy Lodge.
There is more to Lost in Night than just destroying rows of pieces, however. Players earn coins and points as they progress, which go to building city structures. The structures, built gradually, complement each other and help the player to uncover the city’s secret. Snail races are an entertaining interlude, giving clicking fingers a break as players prepare for the next round. But be sure not to ignore our molluskan friends: by placing bets on the snails, it is possible to win more gold, and more gold means that a bigger, better city gets built.
Lost in Night stands out for its multimedia as well. Hand-drawn background graphics form a pleasant contrast to the cheap renderings found in other software, while the included music helps to relax and concentrate.
The game is available for evaluation in trial mode, as a risk-free demo. Purchase the full version to immediately remove all restrictions on gameplay and playing time.
For more information or to download Lost in Night, visit Rumbic Studio’s website at http://www.rumbic.com/games/lostinnight/