Where is Sara? Who is Sara and what happened to her? We don’t know. All we have is her phone and a futuristic AI guiding us. In this spooky adventure by Monsoon Lab from Malaysia players will discover a haunting story through interacting with a simulated smartphone interface. While reading text messages and scanning through photos or videos they must search for clues about Sara’s whereabouts and discover a story that seems inspired by games and films like Replica, Her Story or The Ring.
Sara is Missing is currently in development but a demo can be downloaded on itch.io or Google Play. It already gives a very good impression of what the game aims for: an interactive novel with searching for clues and some very frightening moments. The game’s atmosphere isn’t only emerging through jump scares but especially through the weird and voyeuristic feeling of spying into someone’s (digital) life. In addition, Monsoon Lab promises multiple endings depending on the player’s choices. Until now Sara Is Missing was a surprisingly promising experience, so let us hope the developers can keep up the pace in the final product.
In the meantime, check out the demo and this gameplay trailer: