Pairing the found phone subgenre with some FMV and acting gives a little flavor to this indie offering
Mixing what has become its own subgenre of puzzle games in the form of the “found a lost phone” experience with some FMV and voice acting that attempt to raise the dramatic bar with some elements of horror and mystery Simulacra demonstrates some ambition. That said, mechanically these games have become a bit predictable as you’ll move between apps mining for data, talk to people in the hopes for clues and insights, and then slowly try to peel away the layers of security and confusion to uncover what exactly is going on. Whether you consider this the best example of a title in this subgenre will likely hinge on whether you find the acting to be an improvement over simply reading texts and emails from people but the attempt to raise the bar of expectation for this sort of experience is at least appreciated.
Justin Nation, Score: