Factsheet

Developer:
Accidental Queens
Based in France

Publisher:
Playdius Ent.

Release date:
26 January 2017

Platforms:
iOS
Android
Steam

Website:
anormallostphone.com

Social:
@normallostphone
ANLP Facebook page

Regular Price:

EUR - Android/PC/Mac/Linux2.99
EUR - iOs3.49

Description

A Normal Lost Phone is a game about exploring the intimacy of an unknown person whose phone was found by the player. Through the interface of a mobile phone, the player must discover what happened to its owner, Sam. Digging through secrets scattered among apps, text messages and photo galleries, the player-voyeur starts witnessing the emotions of Sam, and behind the apparent light-heartedness of a teenage story, their questioning on coming of age, homophobia, depression or the search of oneself.

History

Originally developped as a small web prototype during the Global Game Jam 2016, "A Normal Lost Phone" has grown to become a full commercial game which was released on January 26, 2017: it was critically acclaimed by press and players alike, and sold more than 100 000 copies total in less than 3 months.

Features

  • An immersive and intuitive way of introducing the narrative through a fake smartphone interface.
  • A game that bridges the gap between reality and fiction by letting players act as themselves. The game asks a simple question: if you close the app but still think about the game, have you truly stopped playing?
  • A relatable story that helps build empathy with the characters, allowing to explore difficult topics.

Videos

A Normal Lost Phone - Release Trailer YouTube

A Normal Lost Phone - Live Teaser YouTube

A Normal Lost Phone - Crowdfunding Campaign Video YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Best Indie Game" Game Connection Europe 2016 Development Awards
  • "Honorable Mention for Excellence in Narrative" Independent Games Festival 2017
  • "Grand Prize" Women in Game Mobile Awards 2017
  • "Third Place" Big Indie Pitch of Berlin, April 2016
  • "Prize for originality" Evry Game City 2016
  • "Finalist" YOUROPE Game Challenge 2016
  • "Nominated" IndieCade Festival 2017
  • "Nominated for the International Competition" Ludicious 2017
  • "Nominated for Best Mobile Game, Most Promising IP and Best Casual Game" Game Connection Europe 2016 Development Awards
  • "Nominated" Indie Games Play 2016
  • "Nominated for the Audience Award" A MAZE. Independent Games Festival 2016
  • "Nominated for the Most Amazing Game Award" A MAZE. Independent Games Festival 2016

Selected Articles

  • "A Normal Lost Phone is thoughtfully designed, leveraging voyeurism, curiosity, responsibility, and compassion to tell a strong, character-driven story unlocked through satisfying puzzle-solving."
    - Lian Amaris, gamezebo.com
  • "This is a game that'll suck you in to its movements quickly, and hold you there until you reach the end of its tale."
    - Harry Slater, pocketgamer.co.uk
  • "Es una historia que engancha de manera notable."
    - Ramón Nafria, vandal.net
  • "It shares some of the feeling of Her Story, albeit featuring today’s technology and with less of a focus on the crime angle. But it has the same small moments of revelation, all of which come together to form a story in its own neat yet meandering way."
    - Brendan Caldwell, rockpapershotgun.com
  • "Sa belle écriture et ses illustrations poétiques esquissent un secret qui joue encore avec votre esprit, longtemps après votre unique partie."
    - Pia Jacqmart, Stylist n°127
  • "Une idée simple, efficace, clairement énoncée [...] A Normal Lost Phone parvient à se montrer captivant, extrêmement touchant par moments et cohérent."
    - Maria Kalash, Canard PC n°335
  • "On prendra un grand plaisir à collecter les indices d’ A Normal Lost Phone un par un, mais on se délectera surtout de découvrir la vie de Sam : sa famille, ses amis, ses passions, ses histoires d’amour, ses angoisses, ses mensonges…autant d’éléments qui ne feront pas forcément avancer notre enquête voyeuriste mais qui apporteront à A Normal Lost Phone ses plus beaux atouts : la justesse et l’humanité."
    -  Pierrec, oujevipo.fr
  • "This new phone has a lot to explore, even if you may not see it on the first look. It’s a clever way of delivering a narrative, with you discovering more about Sam, the more you investigate the phone. Will you find out what happened to Sam?"
    - Jupiter Hadley, alphabetagamer.com

(EN) jacksepticeye - WHO IS SAM? | A Normal Lost Phone - Part 1
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(EN) jacksepticeye - THE TRUTH COMES OUT | A Normal Lost Phone - Part 2
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(FR) SQUEEZIE - L'ENQUÊTE DU TÉLÉPHONE PERDU
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(PT) CellBits - OS SEGREDOS DE UM CELULAR
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About Accidental Queens

Boilerplate
Accidental Queens is a French video game development studio founded by three women from the games industry. They seek to create games that feature new mechanics, exploring topics from everyday life and social questions, through innovative narrative tools. They believe digital games can be entertaining while conveying social values and meaningful messages to a broad and diverse audience.

More information
More information on Accidental Queens, our logo & relevant media are available here.


A Normal Lost Phone Credits

Elizabeth Maler
Game Design & Scenario

Rafael Martínez Jausoro
Game Design & Scenario

Estelle Charrié (Estellation)
Art direction

Diane Landais
Development

Victoria Guillon
Sound Design

Miryam Houali
Graphic Design & Communication

Simon Bachelier
Production


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