October 28, 2016

Andreas Betsche

Voyeuristic phone simulator ‘Sara Is Missing’ wants us to feel awkward

October 28, 2016 | Andreas Betsche

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.

Monsoon Lab from Malaysia has created a spooky adventure where players will explore a haunting story by interacting with a simulated smartphone interface. Players must read text messages, scan through photos and videos, and search for clues about Sara’s whereabouts. The game draws inspiration from games and films like Replica, Her Story, and The Ring.

Sara is Missing Interface
To find Sara, players interact with her phone’s AI named IRIS.

“Sara is Missing” is currently under development, but a demo version is available to download on or Google Play. The game’s aim is to provide an interactive novel experience with elements of searching for clues and some very frightening moments. The game’s atmosphere is built not only through jump scares but also through the strange and voyeuristic feeling of peering into someone’s (digital) life. Furthermore, Monsoon Lab promises multiple endings based on the player’s choices. So far, “Sara Is Missing” has shown a lot of promise, and we hope that the developers can maintain this level of quality in the final product.

Sara is Missing gallery
That creepy feeling while scanning through a person’s private gallery …

In the meantime, check out the demo and this gameplay trailer:

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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