Cell Phone Horror Mystery: Sara Is Missing

Sara is Missing [official site] has you combing through a cell phone you’ve found in an attempt to locate its missing owner, the titular Sara. If it sounds familiar, that’s because it definitely is. Developers Monsoon Lab say they’re inspired by Replica, where you have to find and highlight pertinent information in order to progress, and I’m reminded of the Mr. Robot companion mobile game too (which was excellent, by the way). However, unlike Replica’s dystopian themes, Sara is Missing is firmly a horror story. It’s out now and not expensive, so have a look.

You’ll pick over Sara’s e-mails, messages, videos and pictures, receive calls, chat with people, and try to piece together corrupted data with the assistance of the phone’s A.I.

Monsoon Lab did a great job making the adventure game still feel adventurous even though the entirety of it takes place on the screen of a simulated phone. The presentation reminded me a ton of Her Story, with images and video recordings unveiling the fate of Sara. There are also plenty of red herrings to throw you off the trail, and getting to know Sara from the inside out by combing through her texts, photos, and videos gave the plot a unique feel. Of course, in Sara is Missing you can’t just search for one term that reveals all of the video clips at once, letting you essentially cheat your way to victory once you figure everything out. Thankfully.

You can get Sara is Missing now on Itch for Windows, Mac, and Android too. You can even name your own price. Ain’t that something?

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4 Comments

  1. lalilulelo says:

    I don’t intend to be rude, but isn’t this article not quite up to the usual RPS quality of writing? This entire paragraph, for instance:
    “Monsoon Lab did a great job making the adventure game still feel adventurous even though the entirety of it takes place on the screen of a simulated phone. The presentation reminded me a ton of Her Story, with images and video recordings unveiling the fate of Sara. There are also plenty of red herrings to throw you off the trail, and getting to know Sara from the inside out by combing through her texts, photos, and videos gave the plot a unique feel. Of course, in Sara is Missing you can’t just search for one term that reveals all of the video clips at once, letting you essentially cheat your way to victory once you figure everything out. Thankfully.”
    feels like it was lifted from a Steam user review.
    Maybe it’s just me being cranky, so I hope you don’t take it to heart!

    • April March says:

      I think it’s you being cranky. A bit of a run-on sentence or several, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling it undeserving of the RPS Seal of Subjective Quality.

  2. Freud says:

    Would you kindly return it to her?”

    Already figured out the twist.

  3. bullfish says:

    Played this on android and rather liked it (the tone / format is rather perfect for android, imho). The way it plays is similar to the Mr Robot tie in game, Exfiltration, by the oxenfree devs (also an android title)

    A minor nitpick on the article proper – the game isn’t finished yet. SIM, as is, is basically a demo / early access build. Extremely polished and quite good, but still a demo.

    On twitter the devs mentioned they’re looking at Q1 2017 release for the full game.

    Caveat – I’m actually not sure how much difference there is between the Android version and the windows / mac version.

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