>> Monday, April 20, 2009
Have you played The Lost Ride? Depending on what player you're playing it you've encoutered some bugs while playing. Sometimes it makes the game unplayable especially when you have a non-Philips CD-i player. Do you ask yourself how to play through it? The instruction booklet is a little vague and as far as we know there are no cheats available for The Lost Ride. It's also difficult to write a walkthrough because the mazes in The Lost Ride are randomly generated each time you start a level. This adds a lot to the replayability of the game, but it is hard to write a FAQ for it.
All I can do is give you a few guidelines about how to play through this game. When you pause the game while playing, you see a map with all the paths you've come through. (this might take a while because the game first will finish the video sequence of that turn) You have to look for the green and blue checkpoints. These checkpoints (showed as bars on the map) will give you new ammo and health but will also trigger the gate to the end boss. When you've been throught he checkpoints the final gate will appear on the map. You have to ride to it and when you pass the gate a new roler coaster sequence will appear. In this scene, you have to press the right buttons on the right time, a little like in Don Bluth's Dragon's Lair. I guess you could make a FAQ for these sequences but it has been a long time since I've played them.
There are a few dead ends, rocks on the rails which you have to shoot, avoid obstacles on the way, and so on. You see on forehand what's going to happen so just pay attention and you should be fine. At the end, the end boss will appear. Your cart will stop and you have to shoot the boss at its weak spot. It works a little like the bosses in Creature Shock. Animations will follow up each other showing a weak spot from time to time. When it's destroyed, you'll pass on to the next level (the graphics are gorgeous in these scenes). The first level is located in the mines (with a lot of small tunnels, rocks and mountains below earth level), the second level is located in the ocean (with a lot of fish, sunken boats and rail highways), the third level is located 'in the future', where everything is modern/fantasy. At the end of this level you'll go outside into a science fiction city (beautifully created).
The main mazes are randomly generated. The end sequences could be summed up, if anyone has come this far by avoiding the bugs!