Despite its bubbly graphics, Lost Legacies doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from the HOG herd.
Imagine you’ve just returned from a vacation that involved airships, undersea buildings, mysterious ancient artifacts, and a deep-rooted mystery that wrapped them all together. Imagine a friend or co-worker welcoming you back and asking, “How was your vacation?” And despite the seemingly wondrous things you experienced, you just shrug and say, “It was all right, I guess.” Now you have a handle on what it’s like to play Lost Legacies for Facebook.
Lost Legacies is a hidden object game (HOG), a genre that’s rapidly becoming a little crowded on Facebook. You play as an adventurer whose Professor friend and mentor sends along a letter and an artifact: A circular stone tablet carved with images of animals. When you putter along to the lighthouse where the Professor typically stays (after “gathering” personal belongings that are scattered by a crash landing), you discover that the Prof is gone. Thus begins a journey to uncover both her and the mystery of the tablet.
Lost Legacies is linear and straightforward: You progress from scene to scene, each of which has 12 objects that you need to find in the muddle for varying reasons (“Let’s find evidence of what happened here!” / “Help me clean up”). You need to find the objects as swiftly and accurately as possible in order to achieve a high score. The higher your score, the more “seals” you earn for each scene. The seals are your key to progressing and opening up new scenes and new chapters in the story. Pretty standard stuff.
Moreover, unlike many Facebook HOGs, there’s no house or village to build up in between playing the game’s hidden object scenes. That’s not to say a building segment would necessarily freshen up Lost Legacies, but each hidden object scene takes up 15 Energy to play. Needless to say, you burn through your store of 60 Energy in no time at all, which makes following the game’s story a slow and bumpy affair.
Interestingly, Lost Legacy does give you the option of buying Energy with the game’s soft currency (gold, in this case), whereas most HOGs want you to dish up hard currency. It’s almost moot, though, because gold accumulates slowly, and even a tiny sliver of 5 Energy costs a lot of dosh.
There’s nothing blisteringly wrong with Lost Legacies. It’s simply an average HOG and the kind of gaming experience you’ve come to expect from Facebook. It does have some bright points, like decent writing and bubbly, cheerful graphics that are a change from the usual brooding murder scenes that punctuate most HOGs.
If you’re the type of person who likes to punch the air and shout, “PLAY ALL THE HOGS!”, then Lost Legacies won’t offend you. But if you’re on a HOG vacation, rest easy knowing that you’re not missing much by skipping this adventure.