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  • Summary: "Simulacra expands upon its predecessor, Sara is Missing, experimenting even further with unsettling horror. And it succeeds."
    9/10 - Pocket Gamer
    "WINNER, Excellence in Storytelling" - International Mobile Game Awards SEA "NOMINATED, Most Innovative Game" - Indie Prize Kyiv 2017 You found
    "Simulacra expands upon its predecessor, Sara is Missing, experimenting even further with unsettling horror. And it succeeds."
    9/10 - Pocket Gamer

    "WINNER, Excellence in Storytelling" - International Mobile Game Awards SEA
    "NOMINATED, Most Innovative Game" - Indie Prize Kyiv 2017

    You found the lost phone of a woman named Anna. In it, you see a desperate cry for help in the form of a video message. The phone behaves strangely as you dive deeper into it. You talk to her friends and they have no idea where she is. Her texts, emails and photo gallery provides fragments of information as the mystery deepens. It's up to you to piece it together.

    About the Game

    SIMULACRA is a realistic "found phone" horror game that takes place entirely on the screen of a mobile phone. A voyeuristic experience that combines of point and click adventure games, found footage videos and fully realised phone apps.

    Features:

    - Explore a fully realised world through a simulated phone.
    - Solve the mystery using through popular phone apps.
    - An expansive narrative with hours of gameplay that leads to 5 possible endings.
    - Filmed with live actors and an extensive VO cast.
    - Solve the recurring image and text decryption puzzles to learn more about Anna's story.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 31, 2019
    90
    Simulacra is a very clever game that, despite the simplicity of both its premise and gameplay, immerses you into it and doesn’t let you go until you’ve solved the mystery.
  2. Dec 3, 2019
    70
    Simulacra is a solid horror game with some good ideas. If you can overlook the voice acting, there's a fun, unnerving experience to be had.
  3. Dec 7, 2019
    60
    What’s most baffling about Simulacra is why more wasn’t done to make it a more authentic mobile experience. Touch controls are available, but bizarrely there’s no option to play the game in TATE mode. Instead, the phone display is slap bang in the middle of the Switch’s (or TV’s) screen, with a bland background surrounding it. We guess it's a neat way to make it more of a straight-up horror title, but if you’re playing handheld, some aspects may be a tad small for those who are a bit more long-sighted. Still, with multiple endings, this is a horror game that's worth a look if you're after a quick fix.
  4. 60
    Simulacra interweaves a horror mystery with investigative work and puzzle-solving. However, the driving force of this title is simply the narrative and not it's gameplay offering.
  5. Dec 11, 2019
    60
    Its story is creepy and unpredictable, with the variety in gameplay keeping you engaged, even if it drags towards the end.
  6. Dec 28, 2019
    60
    SIMULACRA does not play like the greatest work ever made but that doesn't mean there's nothing to draw from this mystery FMV adventure. While the gameplay feels rather shallow, the plot is compelling enough to keep the players entertained and involved with the hints and twists that are found along the way and the feeling of satisfaction when coming across a clue or reaching a different ending do help SIMULACRA to have some merit of its own.
  7. Dec 3, 2019
    50
    Simulacra is a horror game about investigating a missing girl's cellphone that has moments of brilliance but doesn't quite live up to its concept.

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