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Video Game / Lost Echo

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Lost Echo is an iOS, Windows Phone and Android puzzle/adventure game. It was developed by the Greek studio KickBack, and 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 seven years, 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.
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  • 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?".
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    • 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.


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