Mobile | Slice-of-life | Teen Horror | Choice Branching
You find someone’s phone, and you open it. You witness a video of Anna, and she’s crying. For help. Something is happening. Her friends have no idea where she is. The contents of her phone provide fragments of clues to her fate, but it’s up to you to find her. Is she a victim of a crime? Or is there something supernatural at work?
Kaigan Games is an indie studio based in Malaysia with a focus on mobile narrative games. I contributed writing, editing, and design/story consultation for Simulacra – the spiritual successor to their debut title: Sara is Missing (SIM). My main contribution to the game was dialogue, some of which can be read here.
Also! Due partially to the shmarmy voice of Gavin Yap, fans and LP channels made one of my lines into a meme! So i’m sorry/you’re welcome internet! Fair warning, it’s a bit NSFW, but if you want to check that out, here’s some evidence.
April – July 2017
2018 Best Mobile Game Indie Prize | Casual Connect USA
2017 Excellence in Storytelling Award | International Mobile Game Awards Southeast Asia
For anyone looking to venture into uncharted territory with horror, Simulacra is a choice that brings a fresh, exciting new experience compared with many other titles on the market. It has a well-constructed story and demonstrates that branching narratives are built for horror titles. – HARDCORE GAMER, Review: Simulacra
As I progressed further, I gradually became more involved, turning from an innocent bystander into someone who is knee deep in the cacophony of moral conflicts, mysteries and surprises. This immersive experience stuck with me all the way with its brilliantly written characters, realistic speech patterns and behaviours translated through multiple digital interactions. – IGN (SEA), Simulacra Review
You find a phone on your doorstep, which you soon discover was owned by a woman called Anna, who has gone missing. A short video which she filmed shortly before her disappearance implies something evil is afoot, with glitches and jumpcuts in the video designed to unsettle you. All of the videos and images have these subtle touches. From interface to the selfie perspective videos, the attention to detail is amazing. – PC GAMER, The Best Visual Novels On PC