A Normal Lost Phone

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Unique, uncomfortable, invasive puzzler tests your nosiness.

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age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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Ease of Play

Though they use simple touch controls, such as a phone, puzzles can be complicated.

Violence
Sex

While some nudity, visuals are more artsy and cartoony than erotic. Story elements include gender, identity.

Language

Some characters use offensive, bigoted language that includes misogynistic, homophobic comments. Some infrequent, light profanity.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Normal Lost Phone is a puzzle game wherein you have to search through a stranger's phone to figure out what happened to them. While there's no violence or bloodshed, there's some nudity, although it's of an artsy and cartoonish nature. There's also an occasional curse word, though nothing harsh. Some characters make bigoted remarks, including homophobic and misogynist comments. The story includes elements of gender and identity. It's also problematic that you spend the game invading other people's privacy, which makes it rather ironic that there's no privacy policy either in the app or on the publisher's website.

User Reviews

Adult Written byCeloSK September 30, 2017

A look into a teenage life

Yes, the app is giving out bad example of how to manipulate with a found phone. But it is a simulation of you, player, finding out about teenage life, and exper... Continue reading
Parent Written byLelouch Vi Britannia June 7, 2017

BORING

This has got to be the single most boring game I have ever playe don my phone.
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What's it about?

The idea behind A NORMAL LOST PHONE is that you found someone's smartphone, and, instead of turning it into the police, you decide to poke around to see if you can figure out the phone's owner. To do this, you have to read their text messages and emails, look at their photos, and sift through their apps to figure out what happened to them. In other words, instead of turning the phone in to the authorities, you decide to invade their privacy.

Is it any good?

Like actually finding someone's phone and searching it to discover who they are so you can return it, this puzzle game is more complex than it seems. In A Normal Lost Phone, you've found someone's smartphone and have decided to go through their texts, emails, photos, and apps to see if you can figure out what happened to them. It's through this snooping that you learn their Wi-Fi password, the code for their dating app accounts, and other bits of private information that slowly but steadily reveal way too much about the phone's owner. You even end up having to do something that many people -- including the phone's owner -- would consider crossing a line -- which is why not everyone will appreciate this game; it can make you feel bad for playing it.

Some people might not appreciate how tough the puzzles can be, especially since they're not really puzzles in the sense that they don't rely as much on logic or problem-solving as they do on snooping. So this may not grab your attention as much as feel like an exercise in invading someone's privacy. Still, if you're a nosy person who likes figuring things out, A Normal Lost Phone is more fun than, well, losing your own phone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about invading other people's privacy. When would it be OK to look through someone's phone? How much should you look at? Would you want someone reading your texts and emails?

  • Talk about talking to strangers on their phones. What does this game show us about the dangers of talking to strangers online, even through an app? How can you protect yourself, even when using such apps?

  • Discuss locking your phone. Clearly, the person who owns this phone didn't password-protect it, so what does this game teach you about the importance of cybersecurity?

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