A Normal Lost Phone
Trailer, Gameplay, & Screenshots
About this game
Developer: Accidental Queens
Content Rating: Mature
The game takes the shape of a narrative investigation: you have to search the phone’s text messages, pictures and applications, in order to learn about its former owner. Through this phone, you uncover Sam’s life, friends, family and relationships, until the evening when they turn 18 and mysteriously disappear.
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I have done my best to avoid any hints or spoilers to the game in this review, instead outlining what works and what doesn’t so that the truth of the story can be preserved. This works as an alternative to some light reading on a rainy day but young or hardcore gamers would most likely find the experience of an interactive text story dull.
I don’t mean to downplay the message that A Normal Lost Phone carries, and I can’t understate how important it is that this game exists and the awareness that it will raise. But, it also shows that there is a continued need to experiment with how we explore the power of storytelling in video games, with room for improvement in whatever the developer has planned next.
A Normal Lost Phone does a lot of things right: unlocking story bits is interesting, the phone premise pays off, and the atmosphere sells Sam’s character. Seeing such delicate subject matter in a game is nice, but the end game felt a bit preachy without offering anything too helpful. I would definitely play another phone-snooping game with more surprises in the story as I wasn’t blown away by any revelations here.