What kind of game did you expect after reading the title? Did you expect a game in which you playing through by yourself as a lone survivor in some kind of world that has been devastated? That’s probably a good guess. Lone Survivor is a 2-D zombie side-scrolling survival adventure that seemed aesthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, the game isn’t as good as I expected.
Lone Survivor by Jasper Byrne mixes some 32-bit graphics with the gameplay mechanics of one of my favorite PS2 games: Disaster Report. This game had everything going for it but somehow it just doesn’t work for me.
SURVIVED THE MONSTERS
The Setting... - One thing that so many games don’t offer these days is a great setting. From when you boot up this game, a mood is already set upon you before you even get to the menu screen. When major publishers put out their titles, they usually just staple their typical five second logo screen. Jasper Byrne, on the other hand, did away with typical loading marketing with just styling his own logo right before the start screen appears giving that eerie feeling.
Trippy Storylines - This game is definitely not for a mass audience but instead is for those who enjoy slightly scary games with a mix of old school 2D graphics and gameplay. Unfortunately, the trippy storyline didn’t help deepen the experience past those of other games styled in a retro 32-bit way. Every incident made it difficult to follow the story and truly understand what was going on until the end of the game. This caused the adventure not to be as fun as it could have been. Jasper Byrne did a great job on the game but he should have let some other people take over the story aspects to give it the polish that it deserved. According to the ending screen, you can get multiple endings. I ended with the red ending but there are two other endings as well: green & blue ending.
The Lone Survivor tried to bring an exciting mashup of new adventure titles in a 2D format but it just flopped. As stated before, this game is definitely not for a mass audience. Those who enjoy slightly scary games with a mix of old school 2D graphics and gameplay might get a kick out of it, though. Those gamers also looking for another zombie game mixed in with an adventure title might also want to check out this title, but everyone else can give it a pass.
- Drew Bergmark
*This review was based on the PC version of the game with a review code provided by the publisher.*