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  • Summary: 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 phones text messages, pictures and applications, in order to learn about its former owner.
    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 phones text messages, pictures and applications, in order to learn about its former owner. Through this phone, you uncover Sams life, friends, family and relationships, until the evening when they turn 18 and mysteriously disappear.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Mar 1, 2018
    91
    It’s the kind of game that lingers with you, and it’s one I imagine will remain with me for some time. It’s experimental in a way I’ve rarely seen before, truly offering some clever uses for the Switch platform. Some will decry the game for its encouraged voyeurism, but developer Accidental Queens truly seems to be making an attempt at doing something different while addressing a topic rarely seen in video games, or on Nintendo systems at all, for that matter. Personally, I think that’s admirable, and I certainly hope A Normal Lost Phone encourages similar titles to appear on the eShop in the future. It won’t be for everyone, but it’s one of the most unique games currently available on Switch.
  2. 90
    There are not many games in this world that I can say actually made me grow as a person, but A Normal Lost Phone is definitely one of those titles.
  3. Apr 27, 2018
    80
    Emotional, alluring, and compelling from start to finish, A Normal Lost Phone is a phenomenal visual novel that takes full advantage of Nintendo Switch in a creative way, while telling a story with a genuinely powerful message. The investigative elements are gripping and require a sincere attention to detail, and the soundtrack is appropriately atmospheric for mobile phone sleuthing.
  4. 70
    A Normal Lost Phone does a lot of things right: unlocking story bits is interesting, the phone premise pays off, and the atmosphere sells Sam’s character. Seeing such delicate subject matter in a game is nice, but the end game felt a bit preachy without offering anything too helpful. I would definitely play another phone-snooping game with more surprises in the story as I wasn’t blown away by any revelations here.
  5. Apr 8, 2018
    70
    I can’t understate how important it is that this game exists and the awareness that it will raise.
  6. Mar 5, 2018
    70
    As a straight cis man, I acknowledge that I’m not the authoritative voice on any of this. However, while I’m mixed on how well A Normal Lost Phone conveys its intended message, the game’s design is too interesting to dismiss, and it’s so short and cheap that anyone who’s curious can (and should) come to their own conclusions.
  7. Feb 28, 2018
    40
    A Normal Lost Phone is a tough game to recommend. The concept is intriguing and there’s a genuinely interesting narrative at the center of the experience, but it’s all so fraught by poor execution and mediocre presentation that we can hardly suggest you pick this one up. You could do a whole lot worse for three bucks, but you’re also getting exactly what you pay for and nothing more. If you have some credit leftover in your account from another eShop purchase and feel like distracting yourself with a mildly entertaining adventure game, this one may be worth a look, but you’d best take a pass.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    10
    Wonderful and amazing game, it makes so much good in this society teaching you about tolerance, the devs have all my respect
  2. Apr 18, 2018
    9
    It's a good thing to know that this game is a game you play one shot (from 2 to 4 hours depending on your spy skills). Not too hard, it isIt's a good thing to know that this game is a game you play one shot (from 2 to 4 hours depending on your spy skills). Not too hard, it is quite like an interactive novel. But once you've finished it, you won't learn anything else by playing again.
    It is quite immersive, you hold your gamepad like if it was a phone, and go finding some clues by reading texts or things like that.

    I really appreciated that game. Not only because of the gameplay, but also because of the story.
    That's a really cheap and nice experience.

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