A Normal Lost Phone
released on Jan 26, 2017
A Normal Lost Phone is a game about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player.
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It mostly relies on its premise, and does what you would expect and doesn't really subvert anything. I do like how it's implemented and it's fun to follow the various storylines, but in the end it solely remains on the casual side of things, ultimately becoming unmemorable.
Giving this a generous score, this was very much my kind of thing! While the discussion of the subject matter feels somewhat contrived and pedestrian, I think that this is really good. Being able to hold the switch in portrait mode and navigate the phone using the touch screen makes this game feel just like you've picked up someone elses phone that you don't know how to use, and the frustration comes from not knowing how to use the phone, not the controls being bad. The way that the story is locked off so you don't read/find out things at the wrong time feels great, I was impressed with how many times it surprised me in the short runtime, I had a very good time with this!
Hard to complain, short little story that avoids the typical visual novel pitfalls by having phone interactions. Basic but solid.
a queer game both of its time and almost definitely "for the straights". mixed in with this very oversimplified and clearly constructed orthodox indie lgbt story is a whole section that spends hundreds of words spelling out stuff like "what does nonbinary mean". just kind of bland overall, even if i thought the ending was sweet. aside: imagine if someone snooped ur shit like this?? like wtf?
anyways this was probably "important" in 2017 (really??? this feels like its from 2014) but like no reason to play it now, many other games have iterated on this game's ideas way way better. just play if found instead