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Lost Ruins is a Metroidvania Action Survival game developed by Altari Games, an indie development team based in South Korea. Following a successful campaign on Kickstarter, the publishing rights went to Dangen Entertainment, and the game was released in May 2021 for PC through Steam and GOG, with PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One versions announced for later in the year.
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A young girl wakes up in a dimly lit dungeon without any of her memories. Surrounded by horrible, bloodthirsty monsters, she is rescued by a mysterious magician, Beatrice. With Beatrice's help, the girl goes on a perilous journey to find answers and unlock the secrets of the Lost Ruins.


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  • Action Bomb: Walking Mushroom enemies explode in a cloud of spores a few seconds after they're killed. Also in the catacombs, a Skeleton Bomber can be found that carries around a huge bomb and will explode if the player gets close, something the two zombie girls were unfortunate enough to learn the hard way.
  • Another Side, Another Story: Beating the game unlocks a mode in which you play as Kana, Yuri, and Jun, three of the more humanoid bosses, sharing one body after the remainders of their souls were linked together.
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  • Apocalyptic Log: The Heroine can come across various discarded journals during her adventure, such as Lami's Journal, which tells how its writer was abandoned by her friend and left to fend for herself before she turned into a slime monster.
  • Artificial Human: In addition to a Robot Maid that has to be hunted for Lusty's sidequest, there's also the Heroine, who is a magical construct created by Beatrice to hunt down the uncooperative summoned humans.
  • Background Boss: There are a few very large bosses that are fought this way, such as a giant Slime Girl, Yuki Onna, and the "Dark Lady" Beatrice summons.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the regular ending, Boris the Goblin Merchant helps the Heroine escape from the pit Beatrice leaves her in, and encourages her to leave the ruined castle to live her own life.
  • Big Red Devil: All the demonesses in the game are based on the classic interpretation of red skinned devils.
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  • The Blacksmith: Soarvi, who is found in the room before Rosie is encountered.
  • Blood Knight: Kana, another human the Heroine can meet and assist, loves her katana and can tell the Heroine a story of how she enjoyed torturing a goblin by cutting off its fingers before killing it. Her bloodlust eventually transforms her into a demon.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: An item dropped by the first boss, the slime girl Lami, is yellow-stained Striped Panties.
  • Chest Monster: Mimic, an optional boss, is a Cat Girl with Magical Eyes in a chest that grows into a literal chest monster.
  • Children in Tow: The Spider moms give birth to Spiderlings.
  • Cursed Item: Elanor the princess ghost's Best Friend and Cursed Scythe, the latter of which is the best weapon in the game (assuming you don't miss your swings).
  • Cute Monster Girl: The game is filled with an incredibly wide variety of monster girls. From slimes, harpies and Spiders to Banshees, goblin girls and red skinned demonesses.
  • Doppelgänger: One of the Apocalyptic Logs is an account of a girl who's been encountering enemies that have been mimicking her specifically, and the boss of the area you find them in is one of these beings while the original's corpse is nearby. In the Another Side, Another Story mode, the "Jun" part of the trio is also a Doppelgänger native to the ruined castle, which is why Kana and Yuri's souls are still trapped instead of returning to their original bodies.
  • Easy Amnesia: The Heroine has completely forgotten her past when she's summoned into the ruined castle, including her own name. Beatrice states that it's likely an effect of the ruined castle's dark magic, and her memory will return once she defeats the followers of the Dark Lady. The endgame twist is that she doesn't have memories, being a magical creation.
  • Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: The game loses quite a bit of challenge once you realize that the majority of enemy encounters can simply be run past; since you don't gain levels, most of the time there's really no reason to fight them. But of course that's not an option with the bosses.
  • Elemental Powers: The Heroine can gain and utilize a variety of elemental magic, such as Fireball and Lightning. A major element of combat is how these elements can mix; for example, burning away dangerous acid, or electrifying an entire water basin.
  • Everybody Lives: At the end of the Another Side, Another Story mode, we see all of the people that died in the ruined castle had their souls returned to their real-world selves, including Sora & Minji.
  • Fiery Redhead: The Treasure Hunter Jenny, a goblin girl with a pickaxe who rivals the Heroine in an optional area.
  • Flunky Boss: Quite a few of the bosses make their fights harder by summoning enemies from the preceding level.
  • Gainaxing: Basically all background bosses have big, bouncing chests. And they're weak points.
  • Giant Mook: Orcs are giant versions of goblins.
  • Guide Dang It!: Obtaining the Holy Sword requires either playing on Hardcore mode, or not opening any chests until meeting Sadora the Ascetic twice. Additionally, the added scene in the Golden Ending is only available while playing on Veteran or Hardcore.
  • Harping on About Harpies: Harpies are some of the earliest appearing aerial enemies on the game. They are also the favorite prey of Astarte.
  • The Hero Dies: In the good ending, the Heroine accepts her created body being disintegrated by the Goddess so that her soul can return to its rightful body in the human world, even though there's a chance it's too late to save. Fortunately, it succeeds.
  • Horse of a Different Color: The Turtle Rider is a spear-throwing goblin girl riding a giant turtle.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Astarte, a demonic huntress that sells supplies to the Heroine, claims that the human-like qualities of the harpies she hunts makes them more delicious.
  • Invincible Villain: In the regular ending, Beatrice cannot be killed by the Heroine, having taken appropriate precautions when creating her, and claims that even if the Heroine "were to possess some kind of enchanted, divine weapon," she still couldn't inflict a scratch. In the good ending, it's averted, as Beatrice is taken out with the Holy Sword.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: You're a pretty young girl in a serafuku, you can get a magical girl style wand for a weapon, and equipping the right accessories gives you so much MP regen you can pretty much fight exclusively with spells.
  • Multiple Endings: The Steam version of the game lists two achievements tied to endings: "The End: Arrive at the end" and "Reincarnation: Discover another ending". The Another Side, Another Story mode also has its own ending.
    • The End: After tracking down Beatrice to the pit where the "Dark Lady" resides and defeating it, Beatrice shows up again to mock Heroine. Due to Heroine's status as an Artificial Human created by her, Beatrice is completely invulnerable, and leaves with the Dark Lady's powers. Boris the Goblin Merchant then helps the Heroine escape from the pit Beatrice leaves her in, and encourages the Heroine to leave the untouchable Beatrice to her machinations and just escape the ruined castle to live her own life.
    • Reincarnation: Same as before, but obtain the Holy Sword. After using the Holy Sword to kill Beatrice, the Dark Lady is revealed to in fact be a benevolent goddess that allows the Heroine to return back to home, but warns that she may die if her other body is dead. The Heroine takes the offer anyways, tired of the ruined castle. Thankfully, The Stinger shown on Veteran or Hardcore mode reveals that she returned safely to her original human body.
    • Another Side, Another Story Ending: After defeating Sadora the Ascetic, the Goddess gives Kana and Yuri the spell to separate from "Jun" and go home, which frees not only them, but the others who were trapped in the ruined castle by Beatrice.
  • Mundane Fantastic: The game is set in a ruined castle filled with a variety of monsters, and the Heroine can wield various magical spells to help her fight back. However, there are also vending machines, computers that act as save points, and equipment such as a toilet plunger and high school swimsuit.
  • Nintendo Hard: The game is pretty unforgiving, with hard hitting monsters, pretty limited healing, and the Heroine's capability to fight the enemies is frankly... pathetic. It doesn't help that is a rare Metroidvania where save points do not restore health and mana.
  • Ocular Gushers: The third phase of the Rosie fight is simply her running around the stage wilding swinging her weapons around, tears streaming all around her.
  • One-Winged Angel: All of the bosses start out in human-like forms that use rather limited attacks, but once they're beaten the first time, each transform into more monstrous forms that bring whole heaps of new attacks.
  • Otaku: Two of the NPCs the Heroine encounters are Sora & Minji, a pair of zombie girls who are absolutely enamored by a K-pop group, referring to its members as "oppa" (a flirtatious term for an older male) and requesting help retrieving a stolen Dakimakura (body pillow).
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Banshees are an enemy that can literally freeze the Heroine with their piercing screams.
  • The Paladin: Under specific circumstances, the Heroine can encounter Sadora the Ascetic, a large but agile holy warrior. She's also the final boss of the Another Side, Another Story mode.
  • Prehensile Hair: The giant slime girl boss has two large pigtails that turn into fists when she attacks.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: The standard demoness enemy uses a traditional trident as their weapon of choice to summon waves hellfire.
  • Psychic Link: Happens to Kana, Yuri, and Jun in the Another Side, Another Story mode.
  • School Swimsuit: One shows up as an item you can equip that prevents water slowing you down. And yes, it does show on your sprite.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the regular ending, Boris the Goblin Merchant encourages the Heroine to leave the untouchable Beatrice to her machinations and just escape the ruined castle to find ways to enjoy her life.
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  • Slime Girl: Some of the early enemies found in the sewers are all various colors of slime girls. The first boss is also one that is utterly huge.
  • Snowlems: The Ninja and Samurai enemies are depicted as living snowmen.
  • Soul-Powered Engine: In the good ending, although the Heroine's body is a construct, the Goddess reveals that Beatrice had stolen a real human's soul to give her life.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The game's description on Steam refers to Sora & Minji as "Sora & Mingi".
  • Spider People: Drider-like Spider girls are some of the tougher enemies one can encounter in the early parts of the game and Heroine eventually fights one as a boss.
  • Supernormal Bindings: The Final Boss is the Dark Lady with four shackles, which break away when defeated. In the good ending, she reveals herself as the goddess Sadora serves, who Beatrice had imprisoned in the ruined castle to siphon power from.
  • Tempting Fate: At the end of the game, Beatrice's taunt that they can't be harmed even if the Heroine "were to possess some kind of enchanted, divine weapon" becomes this if the player obtained the Holy Sword; else, it's just gloating and a hint on how to obtain the Golden Ending.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Boris, an eye-patched Goblin Merchant, keeps getting blasted by Beatrice for his keys only to inexplicably appear again later on. He eventually reveals in the regular ending that Beatrice cursed him to never truly die, as he was her former minion.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: In the climax, the Heroine learns that she's a magical creation that just looks human, and never had any memories to lose. Another twist is added in the Golden Ending, as while her body isn't real, she's powered by the soul of a real person.
  • Trapped in Another World: The Heroine is an ordinary schoolgirl who was warped to the ruined castle for her potential power. It's stated that this is a common occurrence, and while many of the previously summoned people have already perished trying to defeat the Dark Lady, there are some survivors that the Heroine can cross paths with. In the Another Side, Another Story mode, it's revealed that only their souls were summoned and trapped within humanoid vessels, and they returned to their original bodies after Beatrice's defeat.
  • Treacherous Advisor: The game's description on Steam states that Beatrice, the summoner that guides the Heroine on her journey, "seems to be hiding something". She's actually the only true follower of the Dark Lady, who created the Heroine and tricked her into obtaining the life energy of uncooperative humans.
  • Villainous Glutton: Rosie, the one who bullies and commands the goblins while also gorging herself on raw meat. As a result, she has a noticeable potbelly. During her battle she will also eat nearby goblins to restore her health.
  • Was Once a Man: The Heroine quickly notices that many of the enemies she fights somewhat resemble girls like herself. Although Beatrice claims they're monsters that stole the identities of those they've killed, there are hints that it's actually this trope. The truth is somewhere in the middle; their souls were once human, but were forced into possessing monsters when Beatrice summoned them into the world and their vessels failed.
  • You Are Who You Eat: In her second phase, Rosie Hulks Out in the form of a goblin.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Heroine has dark green though her true form has brown, Lami has light green though it's unknown if it was like that before she gained slime powers, Sadora the Ascetic has pink with a green highlight, Yuki Onna and Yuri have light blue, Mimic has light blue with blue and green highlights, and Jun and the Dark Lady/Goddess have pink.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the climax, once the Heroine has collected the energy to summon the Dark Lady, Beatrice decides she's no longer of use, and a boss fight ensues against the Dark Lady. After beating it, Beatrice then shows up to mockingly congratulate her before letting the Heroine take a swing at her. Depending on whether you have the Holy Sword or not, she'll either leave after several useless attempts on her life, taking the Dark Lady's powers and leaving the Heroine to follow Boris and live outside the ruined castle...or pride will lead to her downfall as the sword pierces her protections and slays her.
  • You No Take Candle: The goblins tend to have a fairly simple speech pattern when compared to most other sapient monsters, even the more humanoid ones, with one notable exception being the intelligent yet brash Jenny.
  • Yuki Onna: The boss of the snow-themed second stage is a yuki-onna, which uses a lot of ice-and-snow themed attacks along with spawning the snowlem Ninja and Samurai enemies as flunkies.
  • Zombie Puke Attack: Zombie Pukers do this.
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