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A Normal Lost Phone review - A mobile-based narrative adventure


For: iPhone   Also on: iPad

That you should definitely play

Product: A Normal Lost Phone | Publisher: Plug In Digital | Format: iPhone | Genre: Adventure | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.0
 
In a way, I don't want to write too much about A Normal Lost Phone. It's the sort of game that you should definitely come to without too much of an idea what's going on.

But at the same time, I really want you to play it. So this review is going to be a balancing act. I'm going to juggle telling you too much and telling you too little. It's going to be a thing to behold.

I won't be sad if you stop reading now, to be honest. So long as you go and buy the game instead of finishing reading the review. Then we're cool.

Call me maybe?

The game takes place on a stylised mobile phone interface. You've found the mobile, and it's up to you to figure out what's going on with its real owner.

There are passwords to find, links to make between different conversations, and plenty more going on besides.

It's a narrative puzzler, really, it just happens that it's presented in a pretty clever way. You instantly understand what you're supposed to be doing, because you're just poking a phone.



And that gives the story space to swell and twist, change and turn. It will, as well. It might start off straightforward, but it ends up anything other than that.

There are dark moments here, and moments that are going to challenge you. And that makes the whole thing even more interesting.

Because in times like these, it's important that our entertainment isn't just a distraction. We can bury our heads, or we can try and empathise and learn.

Here's my number

Should you play A Normal Lost Phone? Yeah, you definitely should. It's unlike anything else on the App Store, and on top of that it's massively interesting.

This is a game that'll suck you in to its movements quickly, and hold you there until you reach the end of its tale.
 
A Normal Lost Phone review - A mobile-based narrative adventure
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Harry Slater | 30 January 2017
An interesting and effective narrative adventure that's definitely worth checking out
 
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