LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias

LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias

Command the winds to save a village in peril

LostWinds2 is a cute puzzle platformer that puts the power of the wind in your hands. The plot takes place in the village of Summerfall, a once-peaceful township that has mysteriously frozen over and entered an eternal winter. When word reaches Toku of the village’s plight, he sets off on an adventure to restore the weather and find the culprit.

Toku can create gusts of wind to leap into the air and traverse wide gaps, helping him navigate the environment. There are many applications for wind blasts, such as ferrying water over to patches of soil to help flowers grow, or to suspend objects in midair by pinching the touchscreen. Any objects trapped in midair spin and build up speed, meaning they can then be launched as powerful projectiles – not unlike a turtle in Mario.

When exploring the frozen landscape of Summerfall, Toku will eventually freeze and lose health unless he stands near a heat source. As such, creating fire, and spreading it around using wind is a good strategy, as well as discovering hidden pockets of warmth around the map. Ultimately Toku will earn the power of changing seasons to create warmth, which opens up further puzzles.

The elemental gameplay mechanics are inventive, giving rise to enjoyable puzzles and a fresh outlook on puzzle games. Together with charming graphics and design – as well as a likeable lead in Toku – LostWinds2 is a joy to play.

Rated 5 out of 5

One of the most charming and inventive puzzle games that can be found in the App Store.

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