Video Game / Lost Echo
, Windows Phone
puzzle/adventure game developed by the Greek studio KickBack, released in Fall 2013.In the near future, enigneer Greg
's girlfriend Chloe
mysteriously disappears in front of him. He starts a desperate search for her. What happened? Why does no-one else remember her?
Lost Echo contains examples of:
- Batman Gambit: Greg in chapter 3 to his parallel self.
- Bilingual Bonus: The informant's shop has a neon sign that says "TV Drama Catalog" in Chinese.
- Design Student's Orgasm: Nick and Vagelis are both architecture design majors.
- Development Hell: The Resonance DLC has been delayed for a whole year and a half, while the Android port waited for six months.
- Dilating Door: Rather dilated locks.
- Esoteric Happy Ending: Played with, as the producers discussed what could be count as "satisfying" for both the players and Greg. Warning: Contains spoilers.
- Everything Is an iPod in the Future: Even the wind turbines look like ornaments.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Greg is an engineer working on independent projects and he just had to improvise things.
- Gambit Roulette: When you alter your own past too many times, you can never have peace of mind.
- Honest Corporate Executive: The Re-Tech CEO tuns out to be one. He did not lie to the player at all.
- Moon Logic Puzzle: Mostly averted, the difficulty comes from the amount of dialogue choices and combines simple tasks.
- The Determinator: Greg. Only when motivated by previous versions of himself.
- The Chessmaster: Dr. Richards likes to talk in chess.
- Scenery Porn: The KickBack duo are both architecture designers.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: A false lead and/or a double twist in the end.
- Shout-Out: The KickBack duo are two of us:
- Adking Jensen if his first name is Adam will have him complain that he "didn't ask for this".
- If you presume him to be Jane Jensen, the response will be "Does it make you Gabriel?".
- The Carruth intepretation of time is referred in-game as a plausible theory of the Stable Time Loop by Re-Tech scientists.
- "Motoko? isn't that a reference to..."
- "A time traveler! So are you the Doctor?"
- "Is your name Shelby?"
- "I registered with my wife's name, try Craig Kusanagi."
- Like Reality Unless Noted: Super efficient windmill generators everywhere, easily programmable nanomachines on the black market, forcefield generators for Mundane Utilities, Laser pistols that shoot clear through human bodies...
- Mission Control: The Informant, Dr. Richards and Jansen, at the same time over the same channel.
- Take That, Us: A TV newsflash in the game came with a blurb saying newer games are abusing Leaning on the Fourth Wall metahumor too much.
- Schizo Tech: Most of the technologies employed are reachable in the 21st century, but protective forcefield generators and laser weapons are at not rare at all.
- Timey-Wimey Ball and Stable Time Loop: The Echo Device. To leave the loop with a favorable outcome is the goal.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Greg and the player.