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Lost Ruins

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Dangen Entertainment
Developer: Altari Games
Release Date: May 13, 2021

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'Lost Ruins' Gets PC Release Date, Consoles Later In 2021 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on April 15, 2021 @ 10:00 a.m. PDT

Lost Ruins is a dark, 2D side-scrolling metroidvania, where you play as a young girl who has awoken in a strange, dimly lit dungeon without any of her memories.

Surrounded by horrible, bloodthirsty monsters, she is rescued by a mysterious magician, Beatrice. With the help of Beatrice, the girl goes on a perilous journey to find answers and unlock the secrets of the Lost Ruins.

Combat in Lost Ruins is in real time, and can be both fast and methodical. Slash away at enemies up close, burn them to a crisp with magic, or fire a bow from afar and even deflect their projectiles back at them. Players must arm themselves with a variety of swords, axes and other assorted medieval weaponry, and hack monsters to pieces.

For those with an affinity for magic, Lost Ruins allows players to cast a wide variety of spells through wands, tonics, and scrolls. Electrify monsters in water, freeze bosses, or heal yourself when in danger. Players can assign slots and choose what works best for their playstyle and approach.

The world of Lost Ruins is a dangerous one and being armed to the teeth with awesome weaponry is sometimes not enough. Accessories are unique pieces of equipment with all manner of effects -- one accessory might protect you against fire, while another might heal you when in water. Finding the right combination of accessories for the right encounter creates strategic options for the adventure.

As players explore the depths of Lost Ruin’s dungeons, they will find that everything around them might bring about death -- or they can also use the environment to their advantage. Elements within the world react with other elements. Flammable liquids will be set ablaze when in contact with lit lanterns. Ice magic will freeze bodies of water, making them dangerously cold. The more players understand the environment and how to use it to their advantage, the more dangerous they will become.

“Lost Ruins may seem like a simple platformer, but it has many elements that interact with the environment and affect gameplay.” says Altar Games’ lead developer, Park Jin-Hong. “The first boss, for example, is in the water. You can do damage to the boss in various ways, such as releasing a poison bomb in the water and using an item to protect yourself. Or, you can wear a swimsuit item that protects you from electricity in water and shock the boss for huge damage. If you are confident in your skill, you can take her down with basic weapons. Or, you can avoid close contact with bows and magic.” Players will have to identify their enemies and come up with their own approach to take them down.

In 2020, Lost Ruins ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $45,000. “When we were looking for a publisher, DANGEN Entertainment was the one that caught our eye because they publish international games through high-quality localization, and that’s what we wanted to do for Lost Ruins. They have been great to work with and have respected our opinions and schedule throughout the development. We are big fans of anime and wanted to make a game that anime fans with similar tastes around the world can enjoy,” says Park.

Lost Ruins is coming to PC on May 13th, 2021, followed by Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and Xbox consoles in Q4 2021.

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