Parents' Guide to

A Normal Lost Phone

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Unique, uncomfortable, invasive puzzler tests your nosiness.

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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

A nice text game that develops empathy

This game deals with LGBTQ issues that are not broadly discussed. It lets you witness problems that these people face and how hard it can be. For a person, that is a part of the majority, it can be very educative and empathy forming. For a person who faces some of these issues by herself, this game can be a lifesaver. It can help them find their own way, their own community and self-appreciation.

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age 15+

Should be played by everyone

This game got me hooked for some time. It is really easy to play and you can get deeply moved by amazing story behind that you unravel more and more as you play. Some people may argue that this game is giving you wrong advices and you should never go through stranger's phone, but at the same time, how else would you like to figure out who is the owner? This game gives you a nice view into life of a person that suffers a lot in this society and it could help you as a parent as well to understand. And to explain kids what is the proper solution to something like this and prevent suicide attempts...

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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

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