About This GameJuly the Lost Child is an exploration based point and click game think Gone Home in the world of David Lynch’s Lost Highway. You are July, a teenager wandering her outback home trying to find her missing father. On the night her estranged mother returns home, after many years missing.
July plays as a point and click adventure game, with the open ended goal of finding your father. Throughout your exploration you will find numerous other clues that will lead to a deeper mystery, that goes far beyond a missing family member.
- Made for replayability, great for short play sessions.
- Simple point and click controls, and concept.
- Uses voxels, a new emerging and exciting artform.
- Deep secrets that go far beyond the initial objective.
- OS: Windows 7 and above
- Processor: Intel Core i5 and above
- Graphics: Iris Integrated and above
- Storage: 2 GB available space
Please note that this is my personal opinion and I received this copy for free.
July and the Lost Child is a 2D pixel based point and click horror adventure, where you play as a child waking up recurringly to discover the dark, creepy, atmospheric world you are plundered into. Playing this I found it to be a little tedious as it can feel very repetitive as it is primarily short in length and thus can feel a little bit frustrating to go through the same path to find something that may still meet your demise. Despite this, it contains elements that are surprisingly dark and somewhat eerie, leaving you with a feeling of isolation and fear. For the price, I would definitely recommend July and the Lost Child, as I feel it is a hidden gem in my experience of horror games. Totally unexpected and I would rate it a 7.5/10.
This game just oozes atmosphere that is created by disturbing visuals, spooky sound effects, and mysterious narrative. I find that all aspects of this game complement each other, creating a very immersive experience. Despite having a silly voxel design (makes me think of The Padre), it is actually a little scary. Like I am genuinely not comfortable playing this game because it uses its jump scares sparingly, when you least expect it. I have not discovered all of the endings but you could probably do it under 3 hours. It is not a very cryptic game if you pay attention, although there are some things that change depending on your timing so you have to keep that in mind. I love games where you do not have a lot of exploration in terms of size, but you can find many cool things if you know where to look.
+ immersive atmosphere / nice suspense
+ unusual format / many psychological effects
+ the sounds effects were used very well
+ captivating narrative / fun mystery
+ pretty cool visuals in my opinion
– could use a skip for text/cutscene feature
Overall Thoughts: 8/10
I think that July the Lost Child is a genuinely enjoyable horror game if you don’t mind its blurry appearance. It has more exploration than you may initially think, it just takes a little bit of experimenting. One of the better horror games when it comes to suspense and atmosphere – can’t beat that at $4.
A little gem of creepy storytelling compressed in a small and fixed time and space. The atmosphere is eerie, surreal and disturbing. You know that there is something wrong in the air, but you cannot understand why.
The game plays as a standard point and click adventure set entirely in a house. The interesting thing is that the game is build upon multiple plays and upon learning from the past experience. Some actions should be done quickly and in a very short window to change the ending, but you could know this only by playing several times.
The trial and error is however very well integrated, and the discovery of new events and areas keep the interest high. The graphic also works quiet good to deliver a message and to build a bigger sense of mystery and dread. I don’t know how long it is necessary to see all the endings, or if there is a "true ending", but what I can say is that the game delivers a strong and unique atmosphere supported by a surreal and creepy narrative.
Some dialogue would be good to skip through once you have played a few times.
Looking forward to episode 2…