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Survival mode

April 17, 2007|by HANNAH TUSSING

Want to test your survival skills without leaving your house? Do you like virtual hunting, cooking, and exploring? If you do, then "Lost in Blue 2" is for you!

In this new Nintendo DS game, you can chose if you want to play as a boy or girl. The story begins with your character getting shipwrecked. You wake up to find yourself washed up on the shores of an island. You have no idea where you are and the only possession you have is a backpack. You have to find food, clean water, and shelter from the elements very quickly in order to survive.

On your way to find these necessities, you find either a boy or girl, (it's always the opposite gender of your character) washed up on shore. You help him or her up and journey on together. Now, not only do you have to feed yourself, but also the new person. This adds some difficulty to the game.

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As you get further in the game, you are able to make different tools such as a simple fire starter or a wooden spear. With a spear, you are able to catch fish.

One of the neatest aspects of the game is the physical involvement in the game. When starting a fire, you must tap the buttons on the screen to start rubbing sticks together. Then, you must blow into the DS microphone in order to complete the fire. To fish, you use the stylus on the touch screen to stab fish. And in cooking, you use the stylus to flip food so you don't burn it.

Also, don't neglect your partner. Not only does the game end if you die, but it also ends if your partner dies. If this unfortunate thing happens, (and don't worry, I've done it myself!) you must start from where you last saved. Remember to keep an eye on your hunger, strength, and water levels from time to time, and keep them full.

The graphics in this game are pretty good (considering the DS's small screen) and you can use the stylus or the control buttons to move your character. Basically, it's a fun, interactive game with all the dangers of a real survival mission, without leaving the comforts of home.

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