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Hero of the Kingdom is a series of Point and Click Games from Lonely Troops. These adventure RPGs (usually) follow the classic format of a man rising from humble beginnings and emerging as the hero of the kingdom in which he lives. Along the way, each hero acquires skills, discovers new parts of the map, gathers resources, performs side quests for his neighbors, and battles the forces of evil.
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The first game of the original trilogy features a young man, living on a farm with his widowed father. One day, while he's out on an errand, bandits attack the farm and take his father prisoner. The young man must strike out on his own to rescue his father and help stop the bandits from wreaking havoc on the realm.

In the second game, the hero and his younger sister have been orphaned in an earthquake and take refuge in a seaside town, where they are given shelter by a kindly fisherman. It isn't long before the sister is kidnapped by pirates, and the hero begins his quest to bring her back safely - encountering many adventures along the way, of course.

The third game features an orphaned hunter who has been reared for the past decade by his loving uncle. As the hunter becomes more proficient in his craft, an ancient evil takes possession of the kingdom and its princess, and the hunter receives strange visions which guide him on the way to saving both.

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The fourth game, Hero of the Kingdom: The Lost Tales, Part 1, is a separate adventure. During your travels, you come across a town which recently fell victim to dragon attack. While there, you meet a young boy named Brent, and you and he team up to venture into the wilderness and find the dragon responsible. But as you slowly start to realize, things are not entirely as they seem.

The fifth game, The Lost Tales, Part 2, takes the existing formula and turns it completely on its head. The hero this time is actually the princess of the kingdom. You sneak out of the palace disguised as a rogue, but before you can return, chaos breaks loose and doom threatens the realm. You have to protect your people and your home by righting that which has gone horribly wrong.

All of the games are currently available on PC and Mac.

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  • 100% Completion: All of the games feature unlockable achievements which are their way of measuring this. It's particularly notable in the third game, which ramps up the RPG factor by having you level skills through hunting, fishing, and crafting. They are strictly Cosmetic Awards, though.
  • 20 Bear Asses: Some of the side quests fall into this - almost literally in a few cases, with various characters requesting animal pelts or teeth.
  • Adventure Game: Of the Point-and-Click Game variety.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • In the third game, Uncle Brent often calls his nephew "son" or "sonny."
    • Brent in Lost Tales 1 calls the player "Bro."
    • Cassandra's parents in Lost Tales 2 address each other as "dear."
  • All Swords Are the Same: To simplify the artwork, all swords, shields, and other weapons of the same type are depicted as completely identical. This is also true of non-weapon tools like axes and fishing poles.
  • Always Male: The player characters in the first four games are young men. Averted by the fifth game, which finally gives us a female hero.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The third game removes the need for sacks, baskets, barrels, and empty flasks. The sacks and baskets are required in the first two games for harvesting or purchasing herbs, barrels are for harvesting algae, and flasks are needed to hold the completed potions. In the third game, it's assumed that the hero already has appropriate vessels for ingredients and potions; all he needs are the appropriate tools and relevant skills.
    • The fourth game simplifies this even further by giving him a basket and, later, a sack for gathering fruit, berries, and herbs; said basket and sack never need replacing, and barrels and flasks are never required at all.
    • The fifth game plays with it by providing Princess Cassandra with a sickle and basket almost immediately. She never needs sacks, flasks, or barrels; however, she is also unable to acquire certain materials, such as algae, unless they're given to her by another character or purchased from a merchant.
  • Artistic License – Traditional Christianity: Vaguely. The series doesn't explicitly describe the in-game religion as being Christianity, but it does have a lot of the trappings, including crosses on graves, characters who are monks, and villains who are demons. There's also at least one instance in the first game of the hero, having been frightened by a large wolf, saying "Oh God!"
  • Beneath the Earth: Several quests send the heroes underground, usually through caves, basements, or cemetery crypts. This is also where the Forbidden Valley is implied to be in the third game.
  • Big Brother Worship: Once the hero of Lost Tales 1 takes the orphan Brent under his wing, Brent develops this and calls the hero "Brother" or "Bro." It's mostly a neat way to get around the No Name Given tradition of the games.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The Lost Tales installments add these to the enemy roster by bringing in giant hornets and other large insects to be killed.
  • Bling of War:
    • The Golden Armor, in the second game, is a precious relic which has been sought by generations of treasure hunters. You can locate it in order to unlock an achievement, but you don't get to actually wear it.
    • Silver weapons, in the third game, could also be regarded this way.
    • In the fifth game, the royal family guards a special suit of magical armor called the Armor of the Gods.
  • Bow and Sword in Accord: With the exception of Princess Cassandra in the fifth game, all of the heroes eventually become proficient with both swords and bows. (Cass learns to use a sword, but not a bow.)
  • Breakable Weapons: Weapons and other equipment (like fishing nets) will sometimes randomly break while being used. There is no option to repair them; they must be replaced.
  • Broken Bridge: In the second game, there's one leading to the lighthouse in the capital city. You also repair some small ones in Lost Tales 1.
  • Chain of Deals: Frequently. You'll need to find an item for one NPC to get them to reward you with the item needed by another NPC, who has knowledge of where to find yet another item you'll need to give to another NPC... and so forth.
  • Childhood Friend: Princess Cassandra's best friend in the fifth game is Philip, the son of the palace cook, whom she notes is the only person in the palace around her own age. The Ship Tease is there almost from the beginning; Cassandra's inner monologue observes that she can tell Philip is starting to be sweet on her.
  • Co-Dragons: The Big Bad of Lost Tales 1 has these. Neither of them are the actual dragon.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • Herbs and mushrooms fall into this. You can usually get an idea of what kind of potion will be made with an ingredient by its color. For example, healing items are often red, while green ingredients tend to get used in poison.
    • In the third game, three of the four areas of the map are this. Green Valley is a very forested area; Gray Valley is the mining section with many gray buildings; and Azure Valley, the capital city, is full of buildings with blue roofs. Averted by Yellow Valley, which doesn't live up to its name in any particular way.
  • Commonality Connection: When the hero of Lost Tales 1 meets Brent, he's being picked on by other children in the village. The hero is severely annoyed by this, as he endured similar torment when he was younger. The fact that both boys are also orphans only endears them to one another even more.
  • Commonplace Rare:
    • Lockpicks, in the third game, are incredibly difficult to find. You'll likely pick up a handful before you meet Brom, the NPC who teaches the lockpicking skill; but they usually break when being used, and there's no guaranteed way to replenish your supply until you reach Azure Valley and meet Alice, Brom's sister, who sells them.
    • In Lost Tales 2, blue mushrooms are not nearly as plentiful as the need for the potion in which they're an ingredient. Expect to be buying a lot of them - and there's only one merchant in the entire game who sells them.
  • Continuity Cameo:
    • Black Rose and Hobson, two pirates encountered during the events of the second game, also appear in Lost Tales 2. The trope is sort of inverted, though, as the Lost Tales games actually take place before the main trilogy.
    • He's not identified by name, but playing Lost Tales 2 leaves the player with the impression that the king from the first game is actually Philip, since he eventually marries Princess Cassandra.
  • Conveniently an Orphan:
    • The heroes of the second, third, and fourth games are all orphans. The original hero isn't, but when his father is captured, he might as well be for quite some time.
    • Brent, the boy who joins the hero in Lost Tales 1, is also this. His only living relative was his grandmother, who recently passed away. He later learns that she wasn't his grandmother, either... but he also learns that he's not really an orphan.
    • One character in Lost Tales 2 is eventually persuaded to join Princess Cassandra's party because his entire family has been slaughtered by the invading monsters. He's the first one to make a Heroic Sacrifice because he feels like he has no reason to live, and someone has to do it.
  • Cool Boat: The hero of the second game must gather the necessary resources to build one of these as part of his quest to defeat the pirates.
  • Cool Uncle: Uncle Brent, who raised the hero of the third game, is regarded this way by his nephew.
  • Creepy Cemetery: There's at least one in almost all of the games, and they have a terrible tendency to be plagued by zombies. Thus far, only Lost Tales 1 lacks a cemetery.
  • Crusading Widow: The hero meets one of these in Lost Tales 1. He's on a quest to gain vengeance, since he doubts he can Clear My Name.
  • Damsel in Distress: The princesses of the second and third games, and the hero's sister in the second, all fall into this trope. Gender flipped in the first game with Distressed Dude Prince Edmund. Averted in the fifth game by Princess Cassandra, who is a Pretty Princess Powerhouse, but played straight by her mother, who needs to be rescued near the end of the game.
  • Dark Is Evil: The Big Bad of the first game is known as the Dark Lord. Only Master Sadon, his former friend, calls him by his real name of Fendrel.
    • Princess Cassandra, in Lost Tales 2, immediately gets a bad feeling about the dark-haired mage who comes to visit her parents... and whose name is Fendrel.
  • Death by Childbirth: The pregnant wife of the former mayor, in Lost Tales 1, is said to have been murdered by her husband. She actually succumbed to this while being held for ransom by kidnappers, who then framed her husband for her death.
  • Death Is Cheap: In Lost Tales 1, the hunter who guides the player to the cave through the mountain gets killed by the giant spider inside... or so we're led to believe for some time.
  • Dem Bones: In Lost Tales 2, Princess Cassandra has to help an animated skeleton find the magic potion that will allow him to die properly.
  • Desecrating the Dead/Robbing the Dead: Certain graves in the first game can be desecrated for treasure. (Doing so costs the hero a bit of his 'fame' rating, suggesting that he briefly becomes a Hero with Bad Publicity.)
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: In Lost Tales 1, Brent touches the giant spider web inside the cave through the mountains, and the guide immediately shouts at him. Three guesses as to what shows up.
  • Due to the Dead: A few side quests in these games include putting flowers on graves or otherwise honoring those who have passed.
  • Edible Collectible: Eggs and brown-capped mushrooms are the most prominent examples of this.
  • Enemy Mine: In Lost Tales 2, Princess Cassandra has to persuade smugglers and pirates to work with her to save the kingdom. They eventually agree, since a kingdom overrun with monsters and dark magic isn't good for anyone.
  • Evil Former Friend: The Dark Lord Fendrel used to be friends with the master mage Sadon.
  • Experience Points: In these games, they're measured by a star icon which indicates the hero's level of fame. Completing quests on behalf of the average citizenry increases this fame level. Some characters will not interact with the hero or allow him/her to enter certain areas until he is of sufficiently noteworthy status. Occasionally, the hero may perform actions which slightly lower this rating.
  • Famous Ancestor: The hero of the first game eventually learns that his father is a retired soldier of considerable renown, and a longtime friend of the king.
  • Farm Boy: The hero of the first game.
  • Fetch Quest: Several of the various side quests fall into this, especially in the second and third games; these occasionally include a short Chain of Deals.
  • Fishing Minigame: Three variants. You can fish with a rod and reel to catch single fish, use a net for shielded fish (in the first game) or multiple fish (in the second and third), or pull up algae (an alchemy ingredient) with a hook.
  • Forbidden Zone: The aptly named Forbidden Valley in the third game.
  • Forced Tutorial: Each of the games begins with one of these, with the game diligently instructing the player in how to perform certain actions which are necessary to the plot. It can be a bit annoying to those who have played the whole series, as there's no way to turn it off.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The hero will win the day. There is no way to fail at these games as long as you keep trying.
  • Foreshadowing: In Lost Tales 2, a relatively early quest has Princess Cassandra learning to make a magic potion that will help an undead pirate go to his final rest. This same potion is extremely important later in the game, and she needs a lot of it.
  • Game Hunting Mechanic: Hunting wild game is one way to keep the character fed. It also nets pelts which can be sold for gold coins. Averted in Lost Tales 2, which does not have this as an option; hunting is only done as part of one quest chain.
  • The Good Kingdom: Where the games take place. It's the same kingdom each time, and there's a Bright Castle in each one (except in Lost Tales 1) which is home to The Good King (and, in the fifth game, The High Queen) and his son or daughter.
  • Good Morning, Crono: The third game begins with Uncle Brent waking his nephew, who has been having another of his nightmares about his parents' deaths.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: You can gather eggs, herbs, and wild mushrooms out in the world. There are also abandoned crates and barrels containing random loot, pearls at the bottom of bodies of water, and other treasures to be gathered. Achievements are connected to finding particular numbers of these.
    • The first game has a side quest to gather five golden eggs hidden in specific scenes. Doing this, then bringing them to the master hunter in the hidden forest, will enable the hero to learn how to hunt larger game like bears and crocodiles.
    • In the second game, collecting twelve gold starfish (which are extremely difficult to spot in the water) and bringing them to a fisherman in Trecilia Village will lead him to teach the hero how to find pearls.
  • Guide Dang It!:
    • None of the games have any sort of hint system, in-game guide, or other means of finding a clue without scouring the internet. This can lead to a bit of Try Everything if the player gets stuck.
    • Unlocking some of the achievements can fall into this. The second game is arguably the worst offender, as many players have to turn to the internet to find out how to find enough shells for the sister's necklace, the Golden Armor, a dead pirate captain's lost compass, and a few MacGuffins lost by townspeople who will pay for their return.

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  • Happily Ever After: Each of the games has only one possible ending, and they all fall into this.
    • In the first game, the hero is reunited with his father. Sadon has returned to the kingdom, Prince Edmund is safe at home, and the Dark Lord's defeat means no more goblin invasions, zombies, or terrifying lizard people.
    • In the second game, Black Rose is restored to his brother and sister. The hero and the princess are engaged, the pirates have stopped marauding, and the kingdom is safe.
    • In the third game, Earthquaker is vanquished. Princess Amelia is returned safely to her father, the hero stops having strange visions and continues his adventures, and except for the tragic loss of Uncle Brent, all is well in the realm.
    • In Lost Tales 1, the evil mayor Berold has been killed by the dragon. The more evil of his Co-Dragons is also dead, while Eudo, who was forced into the role, has revealed the truth to the people of the village. Sagard has been restored to his rightful position as mayor and reunited with his lost son Brent, and the elderly beggar woman is once again employed in his household. The hunter recovers from his injuries and returns to the village to marry his beloved Mila, and Eudo - glad to be free of his burden but ashamed of his past deeds - decides to leave and make a new life elsewhere.
    • Lost Tales 2 has more of a Bittersweet Ending. Princess Cassandra saves her kingdom, but at the price of saying farewell to a few of her friends. Moreover, the mage whom she distrusted from the very start reveals himself to be the Dark Lord, and it's only a matter of time until the plot of the first game begins. Still, at least she and her Childhood Friend Philip are together.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Sagard, in Lost Tales 1, became this after his pregnant wife was murdered and he was framed for it.
  • The Hero's Journey
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A few characters make these in Lost Tales 2, as it's necessary in order to close the magic portals in the undercity. One of them is Brent, but since he appears in every game, we know that he at least survives.
  • Heroism Won't Pay the Bills: In the early part of the games, the thing players invariably need the most (and have the hardest time acquiring) is gold. Paying careful attention to the various merchants sometimes lets you find instances where you can purchase a commodity from one merchant and sell it to a different merchant for a slightly higher price. Some of the achievements are unlocked by having specific amounts of money.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: A variant in the second game, wherein the pirate captain trades a captured noblewoman (actually the princess) to the guy called Baron in exchange for an artifact.
  • Hunter Trapper: The third hero has been raised by his Uncle Brent to be one of these. The heroes of all the games also make the acquaintance of these.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Turquan, who is assigned by the king to help the hero of the second game, is the main reason he's able to succeed after being captured by the bad guys. He slips the hero food and a weapon to enable his escape, and protects the ship and its crew in their leader's absence.
  • Hypno Trinket: Princess Amelia, in the third game, falls under the spell of a ruby which the Big Bad set in her path.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty:
    • In the second game, when the princess comes into the custody of the evil Baron, he tells his men to lock her up because "I'll play with her tomorrow." The implication is clear enough to older players.
    • The Big Bad of the third game wants Princess Amelia to be his queen. The fact that she's human and he's a sentient wall of rock does not seem to deter him in the slightest.
  • I Have Your Wife:
    • The villain of the second game kidnaps the princess to force the hero to come and face him.
    • Part of the backstory of Lost Tales 1, but this isn't made clear for a long time. The current mayor, Berold, kidnapped the wife of the previous mayor, Sagard, to hold her for ransom. It did not go the way anyone expected.
  • Invincible Hero: The hero will always win every fight. In the first two games and Lost Tales 1, he can't take on certain enemies until he has enough supplies, allies (when necessary), and "heart" to guarantee victory. In the third game, where combat is a skill that requires leveling, he will simply not be allowed to fight with enemies who are stronger than he is. Overlaps with Immortal Hero, since there is no way to die in these games.
  • Item Crafting: The first three games allow the hero to manufacture potions for use or sale. The third game really dials up this trope by adding cooking and weapon smithing. Averted in both Lost Tales games, where the hero cannot craft anything and can only bring components to NPCs for the purpose.
  • Item Get!: A soft, mildly dramatic musical cue is heard every time you successfully locate a collectible.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In all of the games, the hero encounters at least one thief, bandit, or smuggler who is sympathetic to the cause (or at least to the hero), and who helps in some way.
  • Kid Hero: Possibly the case in Lost Tales 1, as the hero is repeatedly addressed as "boy." Brent, who is explicitly ten years old, is stated to be younger than the hero, but it's unknown by how much.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Brent, in Lost Tales 1, is being taunted by other children for being a fatherless vagrant when the protagonist meets him. As it eventually turns out, they learn this behavior from adults in the village, who also treat the boy like crap. The reason for this is eventually revealed.
  • Killed Off for Real: In the third game, Uncle Brent's house is destroyed by an earthquake. Unlike the previous games, in which the missing relatives eventually turn up alive and safe, Uncle Brent is gone for good.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero:
    • In the third game, there are literally dozens of chests and other vessels outside of NPC homes and businesses, marked with the padlock icon that means the lock can be picked. Not only will the hero never get in trouble for helping himself to the people's valuables, but it's actually required for one side quest - a girl in Azure Valley has lost the key to her chest and needs the lock picked for her.
    • In Lost Tales 1, the local beggar woman helps the hero sneak into the mayor's basement, where there are two caches of goodies to steal. Taking these will result in the loss of one "fame" point apiece; however, one of the items found in there is a barrel of oil, which is needed as part of a Chain of Deals, so robbing the mayor is in fact necessary for the plot to move forward.note  He's also an Asshole Victim, so you'd be hard pressed to find a player who really minds.
  • Legacy Character: The eponymous "hero of the kingdom," which is a different person each time. In the second game, the hero has heard the story of the previous hero, and in the third, the hero is familiar with the stories of both of his predecessors. However, in both cases, the hero believes the stories to be minstrel's tales. They otherwise do not interact with each other at all. It's only since the release of Lost Tales 2 that the timeline has been made clear - the Lost Tales are prequels to the main trilogy, and there's a Time Skip between each game. Princess Cassandra of Lost Tales 2 is the mother of Prince Edmund in the first game; Edmund in turn is the father of the princess in the second game, who is either the mother or the older sister of Princess Amelia in the third game. (It's not clear how much time has passed.)
  • Like a Son to Me: The wizard in the second game feels this way about the princess; he served as her tutor when she was growing up, and is furiously angry to learn that she's been abducted in the final arc of the game. The hero explicitly observes that "he loves her like his own child."
  • Line-of-Sight Name: The former pirate Hobson explains that he was the one who gave Captain Black Rose his unusual name in the second game. When he met the young man, he was grieving for his sweetheart, who had been killed in a house fire; his grief rendered him temporarily mute and unable to give his real name. He clutched a rose in his hands which had been blackened in the fire, so Hobson dubbed him Black Rose and it stuck.
  • Lizard Folk:
    • The Scarags, in the first game, are a race of lizard people who serve the Dark Lord. They are mortal enemies of the nearby tribe of friendly Frog Men.
    • In the second game, there's an island full of Salamander Men. These are peaceful beings, however, who aid the hero.
    • In Lost Tales 2, a race of lizard people invade the city by crawling out of the sewer while Princess Cassandra is away from the palace.
  • Locked Door: Often. Some can be picked; others require keys.
    • Lost Tales 2 has one that more or less counts as an Easter Egg down in the catacombs. It doesn't need to be unlocked, as once you find the entrance to the part of the catacombs on the other side you can come and go as you please, but players who want 100% Completion often ask about where to find the key. It's in an unmarked alcove on the wall next to the door.
  • Long-Lost Relative:
    • In the second game, the hero's younger sister is kidnapped by evil pirates. As it turns out, the leader of said evil pirates is the hero's much older brother, who went away to seek his fortune years ago and has basically been forgotten by his younger siblings. He's so much older than his sister that she never even met him - she hadn't been born yet when he left home.
    • In Lost Tales 1, Brent has no memory of his parents and was never told their names. He turns out to be the son of Sagard, the former mayor of the village, who was run off after being framed for the murder of his pregnant wife. Brent was the child she had been carrying, whom Sagard didn't know survived.
  • Love at First Sight: Implied to be the case in the second game, when the hero meets a beautiful girl captured by the pirates (who later turns out to be the princess). He's so in awe of her beauty that he can't even speak, which annoys her. However, she later decides that she likes him, by which time he's able to tell her he loves her.
  • Love Is a Weakness: Earthquaker, the third game's Big Bad, invokes the trope by name.
  • The Man Behind the Man: There's one of these in each game.
    • In the first game, different parts of the kingdom are being menaced by bandits, lizardmen, goblins, and the undead. It's eventually revealed that the Dark Lord is commanding all of them.
    • In the second game, Captain Black Rose is actually a victim of Demonic Possession, and the villain is in fact the demon whose control has been broken.
    • In the third game, Earthquaker is an Orcus on His Throne; see below.
    • In the fourth game, the dragon is actually fairly benevolent, being commanded by a genuinely good man who wants revenge only on the people who caused his wife's death. The real villain is the leader of that group.
    • In the fifth game, which is set roughly fifteen years before the first game, the Dark Lord has his Start of Darkness and is the Big Bad once again.
  • Mayor Pain:
    • The crime boss known as Baron, in the second game, is basically this for Trecilia Island. Averted with the real mayor of Trecilia, a good and honorable man, who reclaims his post after Baron is eliminated by the hero's forces.
    • Berold, the mayor in Lost Tales 1, is a Jerkass who taxes the villagers into poverty, hoards treasure in his basement, and framed his predecessor for the murder of his pregnant wife.
  • Missing Mom:
    • The mothers of the first four heroes are Dead to Begin With, and all but the first hero each have a Disappeared Dad who went with her.
    • Prince Edmund, in the first game, doesn't have his mother mentioned, so we don't know if she's missing or not. What we do know is that she's the former Princess Cassandra, the heroine of the fifth game.
    • Princess Amelia, in the third game, is explicitly stated to have a deceased mother.
    • Brent in Lost Tales 1 not only has a missing mother and father, he has absolutely no memory of either of them; he doesn't even know their names. And yes, this is a plot point.
    • Averted in Lost Tales 2; Princess Cassandra's parents are both alive and well and appear in the game.
  • Money for Nothing: Averted in the early parts of the games, but by the time you're getting close to the end of the main quest, you can theoretically have far more gold than you can use. There are achievements unlocked by having various amounts of gold in your inventory.
  • Money Multiplier: Once you have collected a resource, such as taking eggs from a specific nest, the resources will respawn indefinitely once you have stayed away from a scene for a long enough period of time, enabling them to be farmed slowly for cash. (The reappearance of resources in the first game is extremely subtle, to the point where the player may not even notice it.) This is especially useful when the third game's hero learns the mining skill and is able to mine for salt, then iron ore, then silver ore, then sulfur, then crystals. Not all resources will respawn, but many do. Averted in the fifth game, where resources do not respawn.
  • Money Sink: Several of the side quests require the hero to spend his hard-earned gold on items that other characters need. Broken tools and weapons need to be replaced.
    • In the first two games, the hero has to continually buy supplies of sacks and baskets in order to gather herbs for potions, and flasks in which to store the finished potions. The second game in particular adds the money sink of having to construct a boat, which requires the acquisition of a lot of supplies and employees.
    • Lost Tales 1 has so many money sinks in terms of acquiring items for NPC requests that, unlike the first three games, it's actually very difficult for the hero to ever have much more cash on hand than what he can use.
    • In Lost Tales 2, Princess Cassandra has fewer money sinks; however, she also has fewer crafting and hunting options available to her, so she ends up spending most of her money on potions, ingredients, and food.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A minor example, but in Lost Tales 2, Princess Cassandra helps the pirate Black Rose become the captain of his crew. This then segues into him being the villain of the second game (the Lost Tales being prequels). However, he's extremely helpful to the princess - participating in the attack on the capital city's invaders and teaching her to use various weapons - so she has no reason to expect him to be a bad guy.
  • No Name Given: The majority of the characters; of particular note, none of the first four heroes ever have their names revealed. Averted by the fifth game, which assigns names to all of its major characters - including the hero, Princess Cassandra - and a number of minor ones as well.
  • Notice This: Usually averted. The items you can collect (eggs, mushrooms, barrels, etc.) are all in plain sight in each scene, and the player is encouraged to sharpen their observation skills by hunting for them.
    • Played straight with pearls in the games where they can be harvested. They're inside of oysters which, in most of the games, periodically open and close in order to draw your attention. This is justified in that the pearls are usually underwater, and would be much more difficult to spot otherwise, as proven in the first game.
    • Also played straight in the first game with treasure. After you build a house for his son, the jeweler in town will purchase any jewelry, pearls, or treasure chests you find in the course of your adventure. Once this happens, several of the scenes will have subtly glinting treasure piles hidden within them, which will contain either gold coins or items to sell to the jeweler.
  • Official Couple: The hero and princess of the second game are this well before the end. In Lost Tales 2, Cassandra's narration (if the player continues playing after the end of the main game) confirms that she and Philip had a Relationship Upgrade to this.
  • One-Man Army: The hero of the third game is explicitly described this way by other characters. In the first two games, winning combat encounters requires you to recruit sufficient allies to back you up, while in the third one you do all the fighting on your own (with progress gated by your combat skill level).
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Captain Black Rose, in the second and fifth games, never gets his real name revealed.
  • Orcus on His Throne:
    • The Dark Lord Fendrel, in both the first and fifth games, sends organized waves of monsters and bandits to do his dirty work. He's only confronted in person at the end of each game.
    • Earthquaker, in the third game, sends legions of orcs and trolls to assault the human world, which he wants to destroy (apart from Princess Amelia). Earthquaker himself is never actually faced and only appears in the hero's visions. Justified by what Earthquaker is.
  • Party in My Pocket: The heroes at times have other characters traveling with them, such as hired workers in the first and second games or Brom the pickpocket in the third. They aren't shown on the game screen (then again, neither is the hero himself); instead, they appear in the inventory.
  • Permanently Missable Content: Usually averted, but played straight in a couple of instances.
    • In the second game, the hero's sister wants a number of colorful seashells so she can make herself a necklace, and asks him to find them. If he doesn't do this before she gets kidnapped, he loses the opportunity to do so; this will cost you the "Careful" achievement. (The trick is to delay completing one specific quest until after the shells are given.) You can't save the shells and give them to her after she's rescued, either. There is no indication in the game that this will happen, leading a number of players to seek help in various forums.
    • In the third game, there is an achievement earned by catching a golden fish while fishing. It's a completely random loot drop, it appears to serve no particular purpose, and the valuables merchant is only too happy to take it off your hands. But if you continue playing the game after the main quest is finished, the fisherman on the island in Green Valley is among the NPCs who has a quest for the hero... he wants one of those golden fish. It's extremely unlikely (though not impossible) that you will catch another one, so if you've already caught one and sold it, you won't be able to complete that quest. At least this doesn't cost you an achievement, unlike the previous example.Hint 
  • Pet the Dog: After Uncle Brent's death in the third game, the valuables merchant (who buys pearls and other treasures) feels sorry for the hero and adjusts his prices, paying a little bit more than normal out of sympathy.
  • Playable Epilogue: You can continue to play the games after beating their main quests, in order to try to earn the remaining achievements. In a few of the games, some of the NPCs actually have side quests which they will not offer until after the main quest is completed. Lost Tales 2, however, has no new quests after the end of the main game.
  • Prequel: The Lost Tales games are this to the main trilogy. They provide the origin story to Uncle Brent, who is Killed Off for Real in the third game. He is the orphaned boy in Lost Tales 1 and the hunter who aids the princess in Lost Tales 2. He then goes on to be the hunter who trains the heroes in the first two games, and by the time of the third he's raising his orphaned nephew - whom we may surmise is actually the son of Brent's "big bro," the hero of Lost Tales 1.
  • Point-and-Click Map: Once the hero is given a map by another character, it can be used to fast travel in some fashion.
    • The first two games allow for travel to any area which has been discovered. This is also true of Lost Tales 1, with the added bonus that the hero has the map with him from the beginning instead of needing to wait until someone gives it to him.
    • The third game allows fast travel only between the central areas of each of the four valleys, but enables you to interact with any known merchant using the map in order to eliminate tedious backtracking. This is especially useful in dungeons and other obscure locations if a tool or weapon breaks.
    • Averted for a long time by the fifth game, as Princess Cassandra can't convince the smuggler to take her to the Hidden Island (and give her the map) until she reaches 100 fame points, which takes a while. It's made considerably easier by doing all of the farmer's chores for him, but that's still a time sink. Once she hits that threshold, however, the trope is played straight.
  • Practically Different Generations: Seen in the second game after The Reveal. Captain Black Rose is the hero's older brother, who went away to seek his fortune when he was twelve and the hero was three. The trope comes in with their younger sister, who hadn't been born yet when her eldest brother left home; this means that she's at least a dozen years younger than he is, and probably more.
  • Princess Protagonist: The hero of Lost Tales 2 is female for the first time in the series, and she's the princess.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Pheremone, in the first game, is a purple potion which is needed to catch valuable banded fish, one of the easiest ways to make money. In later games, the purple potion is an antidote to poison/animal venom, but still very powerful.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Brent, in Lost Tales 1, was raised by his grandmother, who was his only known relative. Except she wasn't.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The king in the first three games is always one of these, willing to trust the honorable young man who brings him important information and helps to defend his people.
    • Averted in Lost Tales 1 by Mayor Berold, who finds the hero to be annoying and threatens him a few times. This is, of course, because the mayor is the Big Bad.
  • Rebellious Princess: The princesses in the second and third games both have shades of this, although in the case of the third game, it's indicated to be the influence of the Big Bad more than anything. Played completely straight by the second game's princess, who runs away from home prior to the events of the game. The princess in the fifth game, who is also the player character, is a little bit of this, having sneaked out of the castle to play rogue.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Earthquaker, the Big Bad of the third game, has malevolent red eyes.
  • Roaring Rampage of Rescue: All of the games have this going on as the hero must rescue multiple people. Sometimes It's Personal.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: One character in Lost Tales 1 is on one of these. And given that he commands a dragon, the "roaring" part is quite literal.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Prince Edmund, in the first game, was captured by the bandits while trying to help the royal army defend the people from their tyranny. After he's rescued by the hero, he takes a back seat to the main character, but it's implied he's still involved in the protection of the realm.
    • Although you first meet her as a Damsel in Distress, once she's rescued, the princess in the second game does take an active hand in helping the hero save her kingdom.
    • Princess Cassandra, in Lost Tales 2, takes this up a notch by being the player character and leading the charge to save her people.
  • Rule of Three:
    • The hero of the third game must slay three "cursed demons," who are the guardians of Earthquaker's power.
    • In Lost Tales 2, Princess Cassandra must restore the power to three sacred shrines throughout the city before they can fight the evil mage Fendral.

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  • Samus Is a Girl: The dragon in Lost Tales 1 is female.
  • Screen Shake: Frequently in the third game, and usually right before the hero has one of his visions.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Seen a few times, mildly, in Lost Tales 1. After the hero witnesses or experiences something that rattles him (or leads another character to threaten him), the game will automatically move him to a different location.
  • Seers: The hero of the third game becomes one of these during the adventure, having clairvoyant visions which allow him (and the player) to see how Princess Amelia is effectively seduced by the Big Bad into coming to him. It's indicated that he's never experienced this until now, and also implied that this is specifically happening to him because he is The Chosen One. He has no further visions after Earthquaker's defeat, however, so it seems to have been a temporary power.
  • Shop Fodder: Pearls and most other kinds of treasure fall into this, as they rarely serve any other purpose. It's also the case for certain food items, like crayfish in the first game, which the hero can't personally consume.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly. In the second game, the merchant in the hunter's camp is named Norbert.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: The third game introduces silver weapons, which are needed to subdue several supernatural creatures, including demons.
  • Something about a Rose: The leader of the pirates in the second game is known as Captain Black Rose. Lost Tales 2 shows how he became the captain of the ship.
  • Standard Hero Reward:
    • Played relatively straight in the second game. As the kingdom is celebrating the hero's victory and the safe return of their princess, the princess remarks that they also need to celebrate "our engagement!" This is the first time them getting married has been brought up in the entire game, but the hero isn't opposed.
    • Discussed at the end of the third game, when the king automatically offers the hero his daughter's hand in marriage. Both the princess and the hero decline, on the grounds that they've known each other for all of thirty seconds; besides, the hero says that he wants the princess to find true love, while he'll be happier continuing his adventuring. The king agrees, and apologizes for getting "caught up in tradition."
    • Inverted in Lost Tales 2, since the princess is the hero; part of her reward is being able to have a Relationship Upgrade with her beloved Childhood Friend Philip, who fought at her side the entire time.
  • Stat Grinding: The third game is the only one with this feature. The first two games simply have the hero learn skills as he goes and his ability level is merely implied to increase. In the third game, each of the skills - fishing, alchemy, herbalism, cooking, smithing, mining, lockpicking, archery, and combat - must be utilized in order to improve them. As the skills level up, the hero becomes able to do things like make rarer potions, kill larger wildlife, mine for more valuable resources, and cook more complicated recipes. There are achievements earned by leveling each of these skills to 100.
    • Experience Booster: Completing certain side quests will grant extra helpings of stats, often by 10 to 20 points at a shot (as opposed to one point for each successful application of the skill).
  • Strong Family Resemblance: A piece of foreshadowing in the second game comes when the princess (and, later, another character) observes that the hero and the pirate captain look a lot alike. They are long-lost brothers.
  • Taken for Granite: The Big Bad of the third game has an ability along these lines. He can prevent people from moving by making their legs feel like stone. He's basically a talking face in a wall of stone, so he himself sort of falls into the trope too.
  • Tap on the Head:
    • How the hero of the second game gets taken prisoner.
    • The hero in Lost Tales 1 experiences this when confronting the dragon.
  • There Are No Tents: Averted.
    • Although staying in an inn is an option in the first two games, the hero can also find a wilderness camp (identified by a "Zzz" symbol) and stay there to rest and eat. However, certain camps can only be used if you have a specific food item.
    • In the third game, there are inns, but the hero has no option to stay in them, and can only go there to purchase food. However, instead of searching for wilderness camps, an icon in the lower right corner allows him to set up camp wherever and whenever he wants. As he acquires the skills to do so, the camp becomes the place where he cooks food, brews potions, and smiths weapons.
    • Lost Tales 1 returns to the "Zzz" camps, but instead of requiring a specific food item, it requires that the hero has sufficient firewood to start a campfire. Chopping down trees has been added as a learnable skill. There is also one inn, in the town square, where he can rent a room.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: A beggar woman in Lost Tales 1 gives the hero some interesting backstory for the village, including the fact that the previous mayor was a kind and generous man... right up until he murdered his wife in a jealous rage. Except he didn't. He was framed.
  • Title Drop: In Lost Tales 2, after Brent makes his Heroic Sacrifice, Princess Cassandra observes that he will "forever be remembered as the hero of the kingdom."
  • Token Romance: Between the hero and princess in the second game. They barely know each other when he drops the 'I love you' on her.
  • Try Everything: Since there's no penalty for clicking on the wrong item, you can always resort to clicking on anything if you run out of ideas.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: In Lost Tales 2, Princess Cassandra's primary adventuring companions are the hunter Brent and her lifelong friend Philip, the son of the palace cook.
  • Unfinished Business: There is an achievement in the first game for helping two different ghosts who each have some of this.
  • Video Game Tools: Accomplishing the assorted tasks laid out for the heroes requires a lot of equipment. This includes not only weaponry and food, but also fishing lures, herb baskets, hammers, wood, pickaxes, and a wide variety of other objects. Fortunately, the inventory is limitless (and neatly organized).
  • Welcome to Corneria: Some of the NPCs have dialogue of this nature. This is especially true in the Playable Epilogues, when most of them only get one line which they can repeat indefinitely.
    • In the third game, your starting village includes a man standing on a bridge who speaks only in this fashion, cycling through a few different comments about the weather and going for a stroll. Speaking to him every time he has a speech bubble over his head eventually gets him to mention a buried treasure in the nearby cave. Digging up this treasure yields the "Lucky" achievement, but you can't look for it until he tells you about it.
    • Averted in both of the Lost Tales, as you can't speak to anyone unless they have something to say to you.
  • Wizard Needs Food Badly: A non-fatal variant. Your energy is measured in 'heart' points in each game, and the only way to replenish 'heart' is to rest and eat (except in the Lost Tales installments, where you can rest or eat). Each action, such as fishing or harvesting herbs, uses up a specific amount of 'heart.' Rather than the character actually telling you he's getting hungry, however, the game will simply not allow him to perform any more activities until he has eaten and rested; a box pops up for each task which shows how much heart is required and whether or not the hero has enough.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Played with (pun intended) in the third game. The son of the miller in Yellow Valley asks the hero to find him a pearl. As the hero himself notes, the boy doesn't seem to realize that pearls are valuable; he wants to play with it. Later, you can find the toys that he misplaced and return them to him, and he gives back the pearl, which he finds utterly boring.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: In Lost Tales 1, Eudo was reluctant to kidnap the former mayor's wife because she was pregnant, and when she died in childbirth, he managed to save the baby and gave him to an elderly villager to raise. He was also the only one, besides that elderly villager, to show the child any kindness, and persuaded Berold that the boy was no threat to him so that Berold - who would harm a child - would leave him alone.
  • You Shouldn't Know This Already: You can't perform certain actions, such as mining for a specific element or making a particular potion, until you have learned the skill from another character. The third game lightens the rule on this slightly by allowing you to gather eggs and mushrooms without having to be taught, since most players already know to look for them thanks to the previous games, but Lost Tales 1 goes right back to having the protagonist be completely clueless. Lost Tales 2 plays with it, as the princess is already skilled with plants (she mentions that tending flowers is one of her only hobbies which meets with her mother's approval) and gathering fruit and berries, but she never learns to hunt.

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