Level: The Lost Castle back home search
Author(s): Osvaldo
total rating:6.86 Gameplay &
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Ceamonks890 6 4 5 5
Drakan 8 8 8 7
Jay 7 6 7 7
Jorge22 7 7 8 8
manarch2 6 5 6 7
Orbit Dream 8 8 7 8
PedroTheGamer 6 6 6 6
Phil 8 8 8 8
Ryan 7 7 7 7
category averages
(9 reviews)
7.00 6.56 6.89 7.00

Reviewer's comments

"A much better Osvaldo level than the last one I played. There's plenty going on in a scenic setting, and the flow seemed well balanced between puzzles, traps and enemies. I hung around in the final room before pushing that floor lever, having been alerted to a timed run by manarch2's review. Sure enough, the room started falling apart with explosions and Lara quickly died. There's nothing that indicates the start of the timer, unless it's that action music I mentioned in the walkthrough. Anyway, I agree that it's a pretty generous timer, especially considering the fact that I took my sweet time after the action music began and still made it with time to spare. I still haven't tackled The Temple of Seth, and may never do so if Osvaldo keeps churning out levels at his present pace. And The Lost Castle is one of his better ones. Recommended." - Phil (20-Nov-2018)

"A fairly enjoyable and mostly fluent adventure in a castle environment. Perhaps not the best rendition of a Scottish Castle you'll ever see, but solidly made and at least managing a sufficient atmosphere. There's quite a lot of backtracking to get through and one shimmy section was too tedious for my liking, but everything otherwise moves along simply. The ending sequence was a bit confusing, as the fast paced music seemed to indicate that it was timed, but I progressed at my normal speed and managed to pull the ending lever anyway, but then a flyby started and the level went to a black screen, which was rather jarring. A pleasant level nonetheless." - Ryan (20-Nov-2018)

"This is more of a step in the right direction as the levels before. It's mostly a fluent and rather solidly designed level, the atmosphere is okay and texturing and lighting are also handled well enough at the same time, which doesn't happen too often in this builder's levels. Perhaps a few more apt objects might've helped to establish the atmosphere, as the standard Egypt ones don't fit well here as well as the enemies (skeletons, gem bats). Other than that, the enemy placement is okay and serves for a few nice scenes, and the three secrets are also nice to find. The gameplay is nothing special and contains many of the builder's trademark traps and type of progression, but the annoyances often seen in the builder's games are reduced to only slightly annoying backtracks and one shimmy session that does really nothing to enlarge the fun factor. The finale could've been a quite adrenaline-rushed affair if the timed run had not been so hilariously generous - I'm sure no one will need 10 minutes to pass it. Three would've been more than enough. Anyway, a 25 minute level that shows the builder does react to reviews (?) but there's still way to go in order to produce some really masterful games." - manarch2 (16-Nov-2018)

"Simple yet well done and reminiscing of TR3's castle settings somehow, with several pesky skeletons in the mix. An enjoyable, player-friendly, ride, if you're not after something overly complicated, with a kind of sudden ending (now, who would say?)." - Jorge22 (16-Nov-2018)

"The castle is of the Scottish variety and quite easy on the eye, although somewhat sparsely furnished. It's a large area to explore, but not overly confusing and full of typical Osvaldo spike /fire /boulder style traps. Enemies are mainly skeletons (plenty of shotgun ammo supplied) and those gem-like re-textured bats. It's pleasant enough without having any 'wow' factor." - Jay (14-Nov-2018)

"In the style of the previous levels of Osvaldo, this one is also quite simple and linear. 2 secrets found and I almost miss the shotgun while it can be very useful against the skeletons." - Drakan (13-Nov-2018)

"This an enjoyably immersive 45 minute adventure,within a not particularly convincing Scottish Castle environment (you never got the feeling you were in an actual place;but rather,a succession of well-lit yet coincidentally castle-textured rooms);but containing gameplay for which the word 'brisk' was surely invented.Each and every area you enter looks at first glance to present a formidable challenge;but nothing can't be achieved by running,jumping and shooting a lot.The skeletons don't particularly hinder your progression,as you collect the shotgun very early on;and the various quests for the key pick-ups require little more than agility (or adequate observation,in the case of the booby-trapped lever sequence).The shimmy sections became a little tedious;but,as the way ahead is always clear to see,you never seem to stop moving - and that applies especially to the artificially fraught Finale;where the straightforward ascent of a large room,to the accompaniment of urgent music,ends in an inexplicable boulder sequence and the level cutting to black.This inconclusive ending feels rather deflating;but it's all about the journey in this particular adventure - and,as such,it was rather fluent and enjoyable." - Orbit Dream (12-Nov-2018)

"Apparently I liked everything here, it was fun, but the negative point was the skeleton's twisting the patience in the middle of the way, I almost made the lara die on their account, I found the puzzles a bit classic and weak, but the ambiance is pretty cool even a bit empty and somber, I found no secret that worth it, but it was worth it, osvaldo has a great potential but wanted a higher level with more exploration, our goal here and break the big crystal.Mas a question we all I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to use the Catacumbs, but I'm not sure what to do. the objects of the escotlandia of the TR3 The lost artifact that is available in several sites and tidy in the WadMnager, nothing that takes the complication, since the level has the texture of escotland. Level would make more sense, anyway of to play in the end in the afternoon if you have time free." - PedroTheGamer (11-Nov-2018)

"The better level of the two releases Osvaldo made available on the same day, as unlike 'A Room', this is a raid that feels as if it has actual substance to its overall gameplay structure(offering a satisfyingly fun but fair challenge, in spite of all the stock TR4 objects & enemies feeling considerably out-of-place for a location that looks to be Scotland-themed, considering the textures used from TR3 Gold). It may not look all that impressive still visually-speaking or leave much of an atmospheric impact, but at least the builder seemed to put more effort into this one. Recommended if you're wanting to play something, which will entertain ya to the very end. Be warned however. As much like 'A Room' which suffers from the same issue(which I regrettably forgot to bring up in my critique for that), the game cuts to black and presumably plays the TR4 credits audio. But with nothing to see and no way to skip it, you'll have to quit the game forcefully by ctrl-alt-deleting out. Shameful of Osvaldo to not remove this before public release, but that's still a minor pet peeve for a remarkably solid level." - Ceamonks890 (11-Nov-2018)
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