Sep 21, 2017Another Lost Phone is truly a masterpiece of its kind, setting a bar in both creativity and meaning that will be hard for future installments in the genre to match. In addition to being one of the most innovative vehicles for a puzzle-based story to be released in a long time, the story is immensely engaging from the moment you unlock the phone. Accidental Queens have now issued a challenge to game designers everywhere: use your art to tell stories that need to be told.
Oct 1, 2017An interesting, topical game that touches on some important issues with regard to our connected world and the impact it can have on young people. If you go into it knowing that you need to really be on top of the UI thing, you’ll find a good story that you’ll find yourself pondering over long after the game is finished.
Sep 21, 2017An interesting concept with a relatable story that is well executed in some aspects but done poorly in others. The game attempts to tell a thoughtful story about an invasion of privacy by requiring the player to snoop through a stranger’s phone, and the further you get in uncovering the depth of Laura’s problems, the more it feels like voyeurism. It requires some cognitive dissonance on the player’s part, drawing you out of the game and making you question why you are fishing for passwords and so aggressively digging into someone else’s life.
Sep 28, 2017Another Lost Phone’s voyeuristic mystery is worth playing, despite some missteps. Its subject matter is compelling, and is conveyed in inventive ways. I enjoyed learning about Laura, but I would have had a better time with more engaging puzzles and a more memorable cast.
Positive: 0 out of 1
Mixed: 1 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Feb 26, 2021I enjoyed A Normal Lost Phone so I figured Another Lost Phone would be something I was sure to like but I just couldn’t come to enjoy it asI enjoyed A Normal Lost Phone so I figured Another Lost Phone would be something I was sure to like but I just couldn’t come to enjoy it as much as the original. The story was better and the game play mechanics were much the same but the sequel managed to make the game more tiresome and convoluted in how you complete the objectives. In the original you had to figure out what info you needed and then go searching for that info. In the sequel you had to usually find multiple pieces of info and sometimes perform some math to figure things out. My issue was that finding these pieces of info seemed to be far less clear as well as having to juggle matching multiple peoples info to faces. Also there was one puzzle where once you were given the hint to it the process became very clear however you weren’t given the hint until you entered the wrong password once. I am not one to just enter things wildly and was trying to figure out what it wanted from me for longer than I had to just because the hint wasn’t given outright. Another time I needed to find an email but the email wasn’t going to show up until I read two specific SMS messages and two Notes. Well I did just that and the email still didn’t show up. It took me reading them three times before the email arrived. A look online at walkthroughs after showed many people had the same issue. One last gripe was I really wish I could have used the arrow keys to scroll down SMS or email messages or even drag the side bar down because using the mouse wheel was a very slow process for some of them.
I played Another Lost Phone on Linux. It never crashed on me and I didn’t notice any spelling errors. There was just resolution and one graphics setting so nothing much to tweak. Alt-Tab didn’t work. The game saves every time you exit the game but you can’;t save manually and can’t have multiple saves.
Game Engine: Unity
Graphics API: OpenGL
Disk Space Used: 145 MB
CPU Usage: 9-13 %
RAM Usage: 2.6-2.9 GB
Overall while the story was improved and the mechanics were much the same I felt things were far less straight forward as the original and combined with the slight technical issue with the email made the game less enjoyable for me than the original. I paid $4.43 CAD for it and finished it in one hour and fifty minutes.
My Score: 6/10
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