Game Review – Klondike: The Lost Expedition

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Klondike: The Lost Expedition transports players into a world of adventure, full of challenging quests and memorable characters. The game has been developed by Plarium as the web version of the mobile hit, Klondike Adventures. The Lost Expedition adopts many of the characteristics of a farming simulator to provide a fulfilling and engaging game.

Those well-acquainted with the output of Plarium may be taken aback at first by the focus on quests in Klondike: The Lost Expedition, given that many Plarium titles utilize a greater focus on militaristic elements and civilization building. However, The Lost Expedition demonstrates that this is a game developer who can pull off multiple genres. The Lost Expedition brings the trademark graphics of Plarium to create an immersive world, while players have a real sense of purpose in working through questing and farming objectives.

It is no surprise that Klondike has been chosen as the setting for a game of this ilk. Klondike is a region of Yukon in northwest Canada, most renowned for welcoming hundreds of thousands of prospectors during a Gold Rush in the late 19th century. This demonstrates how Klondike is a place for those looking to find adventure (as well as a little bit of money). Unsurprisingly, gold features heavily in The Lost Expedition, with players able to mine their way to prosperity.

The main narrative of The Lost Expedition also draws inspiration from that legendary Klondike Gold Rush. The game’s central character is a young man arriving in the region with the hope of finding his father, who had set off on a prospecting mission some years previously (the titular lost expedition). Each quest is undergone with the hope of reuniting father and son, but this overarching narrative never feels too dominant or restrictive. There are plenty of ways for you to personalize your adventure in Klondike: The Lost Expedition.

Mining gold is not the only way to earn a living in Klondike. Players can also rear animals and harvest crops, which is where the farming simulation elements naturally come to the fore. The Lost Expedition show that farming elements are at their most gratifying when they are combined with other features. If you grow weary of farming, you can set out on expeditions or visit your neighbors. However, with the ability to raise charmingly animated rabbits, cows, and chickens, investing time in maintaining your farm is no burden. By developing your farm and managing your resources, it will enable you to come closer to solving the game’s biggest mystery of that lost expedition.

It is that gripping storyline which elevates The Lost Expedition over more standard farming simulations. A possible reunion with a lost parent is always a theme that will pull at the heartstrings, as well as one that adds extra incentive for players to venture on expeditions and maintain their farm.  Interesting characters, rich environments, and mysterious treasures combine to make this a well-rounded and well-realized simulation game. Equal parts farming sim and adventure game, Klondike: The Lost Expedition offers something for everyone.

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