Duskwood is an intriguing detective thriller where you're tasked with investigating a mysterious kidnapping case. The whole thing is played in a WhatsApp-style messenger, meaning it's a little reminiscent of games in the 'lost phone' genre, such as A Normal Lost Phone and Sarah is Missing.
You'll chat with potential suspects online, monitor their behaviour on social media, sift through old photos, and occasionally hack into cloud storage or listen in on private conversations to discover clues.
The story revolves around a young woman called Hannah Donford who is kidnapped prior to the start of the game. With no trace to follow and no obvious suspects, there's seemingly little to be done. That is until her friends receive a sudden message from her phone which, for reasons unknown, features nought but the player character's number. Naturally, they give it a ring, and you're dragged straight into what fast becomes a nightmarish scenario.
The village of Duskwood is one mired in troubling legends revolving around its ancient and mysterious forest. With Hannah missing and other strange events now occurring, the tall tales don't seem so far removed from reality.
Time is of the essence, and so you're going to have to make use of all the information available to you if you're to find Hannah and stop yourself from becoming the next target of her kidnapper. To keep the story grounded, each of the characters you'll encounter has an authentic life and backstory of their own, fit with unique hobbies and news to share via their social media.
If you're yet to give it a go, you should know that Duskwood is an episodic game. That said, it's all entirely free for you to play, so you don't need to commit to a season pass or anything like that. You'll find this immersive detective thriller available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.Nominate your Game of the Year for the Pocket Gamer People's Choice Award 2020.