I didn’t know what to make of Digixart Entertainment’s Lost in Harmony at first glance, as I thought it was a cool looking endless runner. But once you play and find out it’s an emotional journey told through endless runner-like segments mixed in with some music game elements, you’ll see it’s quite the unique mobile title.
The plot follows two friends named Kaito, a young man who loves to skate while listening to music, and Aya, a young lady that’s suffering from a terrible illness. While Aya is away with her ailment, Kaito communicates with her via text messages while dreaming of the two of them going on adventures as he sleeps. During these dreams is where you come in to help guide Kaito on his skateboard as he carries Aya on his back by tapping left or right on the screen to move in that direction, and swiping up to jump.
Each dream has a various theme such as skating away from oncoming traffic to getting away from a bear in the woods. To go with these themes are remixed public domain songs such as classical music that try to fit in with what’s happening. This is where the game gets tricky, as you’ll have to tap glowing spots on the screen in rhythm to the music at times while also guiding Kaito to the left or right to avoid obstacles. I have to admit this make quite a challenge, but as the difficulty ramps up, this unique mash-up of genres quickly becomes frustrating.
As I mentioned earlier, graphically this title looks pretty cool with its retro, anime-inspired look. Soundwise, it would’ve been nice to have had some real songs to go with the action instead of the public domain remixes, but to be fair, there is a new track written by Wyclef Jean featured here. Thankfully there’s a track creator mode where you can use your music library to make levels which can also be shared with other players online.
Lost In Harmony takes two game genres and tries its best to make them mesh, but the results are a mixed bag. I’m not saying this is a bad mobile title, as some might be able to make the multitasking gameplay work and dig the touching story. But most players will find themselves checking out other endless runners and music titles out there.