Parents' Guide to

Simulacra 2

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Social media murder mystery packs suspense and frustration.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

As a strict parent…

As a strict parent I have used common sense media a lot these past few years, so I want to help other parents. This game has positive messages and is educational in a sense of internet education. No gambling, no bad influence, it trains your child to be patient with choices and to be sure what to do. This game in my opinion, of good for 13 year olds and older kids!

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
age 13+

Good influence game

This game is sick. My 13 year-old asked me for this game and when I tried to play it. It was Amazing. Great horror/thriller murder mystery video game with tons of easter eggs and endings. Unlike the first game, This one has barely any sexual reference, much less swearing, and only a few mentions of alcohol! This game influences, critical thinking, using brains and being positive in dark situations. And this game tells you, you shouldn't spend so much time online like in the first game.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

The key to a good mystery, whether it’s uncovering supernatural evil or calling out Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick, is how the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. Simulacra 2 gets the players involved by making them part of the story, using the victim's phone to interact directly with her world while investigating what led up to her death. The game has a solid presentation, recreating the look and feel of Maya's phone. Navigating menus feels instantly comfortable to anyone that's spent any time monitoring their social media feeds on the go. And the acting, while far from Oscar worthy, still manages to give each character a distinct (if not occasionally overdramatic) personality.

Simulacra 2's presentation makes for an interesting storytelling technique, as it gives players an active role to play, but it also often makes the plot unfold in a disjointed way. It's easy to overlook or completely miss clues vital to your progress, and the game doesn't do anything to help guide armchair detectives if they should happen to stray a bit off the predetermined path. This can lead to long periods of frustration or even just giving up and starting from scratch. Making matters worse, once players finally do complete the story, there's never any reason to go back and try again. Solving the mystery once might be satisfying, but once is also more than enough as none of the effort feels worth repeating.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: December 12, 2019
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Publisher: Kaigan Games OÜ
  • Version: 2.4.769.257
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: December 19, 2019

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