A Normal Lost Phone
By Plug In Digital
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
A Normal Lost Phone is a game about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player.
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.
- An immersive and intuitive way of introducing the narrative through a fake smartphone interface.
- A game that bridges the gap between reality and fiction by letting players act as themselves. The game asks a simple question: if you close the app but still think about the game, have you truly stopped playing?
- A relatable story that helps build empathy with the characters, allowing to explore difficult topics.
What's New in Version 1.3.1
Playing this game was like reading an incredibly interesting book, a real page turner, combined with the experience of solving the puzzles of an escape game. Like with a good book you get to the end and you wish it was longer. But I don't think it was too short either. I played this game for hours on end but I think most people would play it over the course of several weeks. But if you're like me you won't be able to put it down and will even look up a couple hints, because honestly there were a few passwords I never would have guessed and it's better to cheat a little than give up on the game.
I have never written an app review before but I just had to thank the developers for creating this game and encourage them to make more. I would pay another $1.99 for a game like this in a heartbeat.
This game could really change some people's lives. Five stars, no regrets.
More PSA than game - spoilers
I finished this ‘game’ a few minutes at a time over the course of a couple days. I was intrigued at first, but it soon became apparent that this is not so much a game meant to be enjoyable for the players as it is a means to push a message. The reveal has the player reading long passages of a fake forum meant to give insight into the life of the main character who is transgender.
I’m not upset about the message, but I feel that the game was incorrectly described in the App Store. The developers true aim is to help people empathize with trans people. But they pretend that the game is a mystery/voyeur game to attract interest that they know would not exist if they were forthcoming about their motives.
I am a supporter of the LGBTQ community, but I feel like I got tricked and ripped-off with this purchase. Honestly, I would have been better off spending an hour or two reading over an LGBTQ subreddit.
A compelling experience
I had watched a couple of YouTubers play this game before, which kind of spoiled it. However, I fell absolutely in love with it and wanted to play it for myself. When I did play it, it was so much more immersive. I felt like I was actually going through a real phone and reading the story of a real person. It was amazingly executed, and I love it so much.
I don't usually buy apps, but this was well worth it. It's such a beautiful story. The graphics and music are so pleasant, it's very colorful and calming. I think this game certainly brought attention to a subject that is very important in today's world, and it really told the story well.
- Category: Games
- Updated: Mar 30, 2017
- Version: 1.3.1
- Size: 193 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
- Seller: Plug In Digital
- © 2017 Accidental Queens
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.