Lost Lots for Mac, from developer Rustforms, is a free strategy game with a difference. Your goal is to create a harmonious ecosystem by selecting the right plant for each location. You’ll have to consider the characteristics of each plant, including where the plants will thrive the best and how they’ll affect the plants around them.
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Is Lost Lots free?
Yes, it is. However, if you’d like to support the developer, you can opt to donate the amount shown on the download screen. You can also choose to pay an additional amount. Alternatively, if you just want to grab it for free, you can skip the voluntary payment and go straight to the download.
How do you play Lost Lots?
You start with one of the titular Lost Lots: abandoned areas of land.
To ensure that every plant gets what it needs in order to thrive, you’ll need to learn about the different plant groups and the individual plants within those groups. Next, pick a plant and drag it to where you think it will flourish. The mechanics of it are exactly the same as the usual ‘build an empire’ type of games.
You'll naturally learn about plant life as you go along, and with this knowledge, you can start to develop your ecosystem. Neighbouring plants will happily coexist if you get it right, and they may even help each other with their complementary needs and ways of growing.
What if Lost Lots doesn’t work properly?
Lost Lots is a work in progress, and anyone interested in contributing to its development can do so by joining Rustforms and the co-creators on Discord. This Discord group is also your forum for drawing attention to any bugs that you encounter.
Raise your own ecosystem
Lost Lots is an excellent app for increasing interest in the study of plant life. If you’ve ever played any of the most popular strategy or kingdom-building games, you’ll find the gameplay very familiar. We also love that you automatically learn about the various plants because you’ll need to understand how they’ll respond to the environment that you put them in.