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Plug In Digital
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.
A Normal Lost Phone' is not a conventional game. As a random finder of a used smartphone, you start to explore who the previous owner was and what could have caused him to just throw the phone in the trash. This reveals the quite interesting story of...
a young person who tries to find his place in the world and faces certain social problems. br><
The entire gameplay only takes place on the sparsely configured user interface of the smartphone. You read messages, e-mails, forum posts, guess one or the other password and get closer to solving the 'Riddle'. The aforementioned solution will become apparent relatively soon. Who hopes to uncover a big mystery here, is unfortunately wrong with this game. The few puzzles are also relatively easy to solve and all follow the same pattern. At the beginning I was a little irritated by the basic topic, which became obvious after some time, because I feared to be be beaten with a 'moral club', but in the end I was grateful for this insight into a problem, which I otherwise do not deal with.
What I would like to praise in particular: I played the game in English and the text messages and forum posts seemed very authentic to me. br>
The playing time is short. Despite several pauses and although I only skipped a few forum posts, I managed to get it to about two hours. On the other hand, I find it positive that the story has not been unnecessarily lengthened and also for the price the playing time is more than appropriate. So if you expect gripping gameplay, rousing, mysterious stories or tricky puzzles, this game is not the game for you. But if you want to get an insight into other people's lives, get carried away by personal fates, but don't feel deterred by the relatively large amount of text, I can recommend 'A Normal Lost Phone'. br><
+ interesting story from the everyday life of a young person, which has to be explored
+ authentic, human-looking characters (English version)
++ makes you think and promotes acceptance
+/- the whole game is played on the sparse user interface of a smartphone
+/- the gameplay consists of a lot of reading and few puzzles
+/- the soundtrack is okay
+/- short playing time, which however is appropriate to both the price and the story
Purchase recommendation? Yes, with restrictions.
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