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Lost Smile and Strange Circus Review

The Basics

  • Name: Lost Smile and Strange Circus
  • Developer: Seec Inc.
  • Genre: Clicker / incremental
  • Price: Free, with ads and IAPs.

The Details

  • Installed size: 129 mb
  • Best played in short bursts
  • Poor English translation
  • Playable Offline: Yes

What is Lost Smile and Strange Circus?

Lost Smile and Strange Circus is an incremental game, or clicker, with a story. Players follow along as the protagonist, Noah, ends up in a strange circus and gets to meet its creatively designed performers. Each time Noah meets a new performer, a short story sequence will play out. These sequences serve as an introduction to the performers as well as a character progression.

The gameplay of Lost Smile is simple, as it is in almost all similar games. Players unlock new performers that generate “audiences” that are used to power up performers and unlock new ones, thus generating more audiences. This cycle makes up the vast majority of the gameplay in Lost Smile and Strange Circus.

Lost Smile and Strange Circus gameplay

Recommendation

Lost Smile and Strange Circus has great graphics, some genuinely funny moments, and at times feels like it is well written. What brings the game down to earth is the low quality translation. There are constant grammatical errors and occasionally odd word choices. For example, the game frequently uses the word “drug” as the past-tense of “drag”, and uses “there’re”, a rarely written contraction. The word drug might be used in place of dragged in some parts of the United States, but it is rarely used elsewhere.

Outside of the translation issues and great graphics, this is a clicker. There is not a whole lot here in terms of gameplay or depth. It is a simple matter of playing through the game’s cycle of unlocking performers and upgrading performers as they generate audiences.

If you are looking for a clicker / tapper / incremental game, there are many options out there. Lost Smile and Strange Circus is one of the few games in the genre that rewards players with story and character development as they advance. The translation issues, and the fact that clickers are inherently shallow, do hurt this game’s quality, it is still worth a look.

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Beautiful graphics, charming characters, poor translation
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Note: This review reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.
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