Tad The Lost Explorer Review (PlayStation 4)

For our Tad The Lost Explorer Review, we are on a quest for the Emerald Tablet in this 2.5D / 3D action-adventure where we will visit iconic and exotic locations (Paris, Veracruz, Chicago, and El Cairo) in an epic journey to retrieve the emerald tablet while saving our friends. This time, Tad has found himself in a huge mess. During one of his expeditions, our beloved explorer unleashed an ancient curse, and now some of his friends have fallen under a wicked spell. To save them, and save the world, Tad will have to travel with his long-life friends, solve puzzles, overcome platforming sections and climb buildings to solve the ancient mystery that pursues him.

Tad The Lost Explorer Review Pros:

  • Decent cartoon-like graphics.
  • 17.53GB download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Controller settings – Invert axis.
  • 3rd person action gameplay.
  • Comic book strip style cutscenes.
  • Uses the controller speaker when opening chests.
  • Tutorial signs as you play.
  • Collect paintbrushes.
  • Full 3D camera control.
  • Has an Indiana Jones feel.
  • It’s not just 3D, It has 2D side-on levels.
  • Hidden collectibles.
  • The game is a series of tombs, you have an open area like a hub to explore and collect brushes and items.
  • Simple and easy-to-learn controls.
  • A lot of decent platforming sections.
  • Slight additional puzzle elements.
  • Armed with a rubber duck that returns to you, hit enemies for brushes.
  • Infinite lives.
  • Generous checkpointing in the hub area.
  • Upon dying the game remembers all your collected items and brushes so you don’t have to re-pick them.
  • You play as Tad and are on the search for treasure! But a strange guy keeps trying to butt in and help?
  • Go to New parts of the world.
  • Fun cast of characters.
  • Swim underwater and collect bubbles to extend your air bar.

Tad The Lost Explorer Review Cons:

  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • It doesn’t run very well even on the PlayStation 5, it’s very framey and slow.
  • No real game settings.
  • Doesn’t have any voice work in-game, only select cutscenes.
  • In the level (temple) checkpoints are not always great.
  • The mission marker is easily missed on the map and in-game it disappears and reappears at random it seems.
  • A lot of pop up and pop in.
  • The jump is very sponge and can make precise jumps a real pain.

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Tad The Lost Explorer:

Official website.

Developer: Media Sets

Publisher: Gamera Nest

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  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Indiana Jones wannabe Tad is on an adventure to travel the world and collect ancient treasures. The game first and foremost does not perform well, it has a lot of slowdowns, gets very framey, and is generally sluggish so it’s worth mentioning that at the top. The thing is though the game is very basic with simple puzzles and a lot of brush collecting and platforming it is fun to play, it has tedious points sure but generally it’s not a bad game. The temples are usually presented as a 2D game and outside running around the world is in full 3D and this keeps it mixed up plus the game performs better in 2D. They mix exploration in and use brushes to help direct you around the world. Kids would love this game as they probably have the ability to adapt to the spongy jump and they will love the space to do as they want along with simple combat. Tad is armed with a rubber duck and it’s an OK weapon choice but to be honest the combat is not the biggest component of the game instead they focus on platforming and simple puzzles. At the end of the day Tad The Lost Explorer is a middle-of-the-road but enjoyable adventure game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!