Last Seen Online: A Storytelling App Review

Last Seen Online is a real-time storytelling app following missing girl, Amy Morris, who disappears after a night out with her friends.  Running over a period of seven days, watch as her friends struggle to come to terms with her disappearance, and clues begin to surface about what has happened to her…

Last Seen Online

I’ve never played anything like this before, though I now realise there is a whole market for this kind of thing!  The real-time aspect of the game made it really exciting, especially when messages popped up while I was out with friends or at work.  It was extremely immersive in that respect, to the point that on more than one occasion I read some of the messages from ‘Mum’ assuming they were from my own mother (followed by obvious befuddlement!).

The story itself was good, and I was left guessing til the very end as to who was responsible for Amy’s disappearance.  It was a little depressing how believable it was to imagine a group of friends messaging each other about their missing friend, rather than taking more active steps in helping her…

Last Seen Online

I do have a couple of criticisms though.  Among them, the unrealistic, staged photographs that many people had as their profile pictures (perhaps the people I know are just more relaxed when it comes to those sorts of things), and the forced feel to many of the voice messages.  I also think there was the potential to make something more of the fact that you are in possession of Amy’s phone, perhaps a missed opportunity to have an interactive element, however small.

But overall, with the limitations the app has, I thought it was very clever and fun, and I’ll definitely be looking to play something like this again.

You can find out more about the app, and watch the trailer on the website: http://unrd.co/lastseenonline/

Emma

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2 Comments

  1. April 26, 2018 / 3:42 pm

    This is cool, thanks for sharing! A good interactive storytelling game I played is called Lifeline where you have to help a stranded Astronaut get back home. You make lots of choices so there are different paths/endings. It’s basically a choose your own adventure story. It was also in real time and really fun to play! (There’s a series of these games but the original is the best.)

    • April 27, 2018 / 12:00 pm

      You’re actually the second person to have recommended Lifeline to me this week! I like the sound of the more interactive elements of it, so I really should give it a try. I’ll make sure I start with the original one if it’s the best one! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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