Another Lost Phone is a game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just found.
This game is shaped as a narrative investigation: you have to link elements from the different applications, messages and pictures to progress. Scrolling through the phone's content, you will find out about Laura's life: her friendships, her professional life and the events that led to her mysterious disappearance and the loss of this phone.
In what could already be considered a new subgenre of narrative or adventure games, Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story continues in the footsteps of its predecessor and catches us off guard from the very beginning. Producer Accidental Queens developed this game as a sequel of sorts to their previous title A Normal Lost Phone, published in January of this year. This one's plot has nothing to do with the original game, although they both deal with gender issues and other forms of discrimination. Like in other Alternate Reality Games (see Orwell or Her Story for modern examples), we use digital platform everyday, in this case a cell phone, to discover a story and unveil a mystery as if we were a detective intruding on the privacy of those involved. In Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story, we tale on the task of finding out what has happened to Laura, a young woman who apparently disappeared without a trace. We happened upon her phone and gradually we get to know what happened to her through notes, photos, conversations, emails, calendar appointments or even finding passwords for secure applications. The game explores different aspects of the life of its protagonist, both public and private. Without giving away any spoilers, I can say that the plot touches on themes that are very rarely in video games, and thus the game is an excellent opportunity to become aware of certain social issues, as the ones the story told in the game visits. The mechanics are very simple and should not be foreign to anyone who manages a cell phone, which is the vast majority of planet Earth. However, we have a rather high difficulty of puzzles, that usually require you to spend a lot of time reading SMSs, mail chains and appointments in the calendar. The result is not necessarily boring, but fans of action games or expecting strong emotions should refrain from trying this title. The interface is very well configured and helps create a total immersion into the game's world. However, the game would have benefitted more from voice acting instead of just simple pictures. It is understandable because of budget constraints, and this is really the only aspect of Another Lost Phone that could have been polished this time around. More than anything because similar games with equal or lesser budget have done wonderfully. The result is a game that I recommend despite certain drawbacks in its progression and the aforementioned high difficulty, which is there mostly mask a rather short gameplay length. Beyond these small pitfalls, it is a title that I greatly enjoyed and that I'm sure will provide you with a great deal of entertainment and self-reflection as well.
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story is a short indie game that tells the story of a young girl via the content of the phone the player found. I remember a similar game so this is nothing new but nevertheless, it is nice to have something different for a while. The game is quite short and you can finish it within one hour but for the price it is acceptable.
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