Missed Messages purports to be a “romance / horror story,” although I don’t know if I would necessarily call it either. There are moments of romance and moments of horror, but collectively it feels personal. If the game had been just the conversation you’ll likely get on your second playthrough, I don’t think it would have the same impact. Instead, the game deftly and efficiently uses its first playthrough to put you in the right emotional space. That way, you can better understand and approach the situation at hand the next time you experience the story.
Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux
Developer: Angela He
Release: 20 May 2019