Trigger Warning: This game includes topics such as depression, self-harm, and suicide. If you do play it, please know that there are some graphic scenes.
Spoiler Warning: There will be spoilers to some of the endings.
Missed Messages is an indie visual novel by Angela He which was released in May of this year (2019). It starts off with your character—a lesbian college student working on assignments on her laptop, while reading a few memes that gothgf (an online friend) sent her when you hear some noises coming from your roommate’s room. Depending on what you choose is how the story will end (good or bad).
The art style is absolutely beautiful. The gameplay is rather short (about 30-45 minutes each). The first ending was one of the bad endings (missed messages). In that ending, you basically go out to meet up with gothgf—despite seeing the light in your roommate’s eyes gone. The chilling part about that is when you get the other suicide ending or the same one, the text “it’s happening again” pops up on the screen. The game actually remembers you getting that bad ending—giving you an even worse feeling that you failed to help someone who’s close to you. The scenes are pretty graphic—I actually thought it was going to be a game that’s only text-based..not with actual interaction, but I feel like the impact wouldn’t be the same if that were the case. The message (no pun intended) is really important: always check up on those around you—even if it seems like a minor check-up for you, it could be life-changing for the other person. The best ending you could get within the game is that you and her end up together as a couple and she gets professional help.
I’m not going to go too much into detail (though I basically spoiled 2 of the endings). I give Missed Messages 5 paws out of 5 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾because it shows a very important point throughout the game. If you or anyone is going through depression, is suicidal, or needs someone to talk to, I’ll leave a list of resources that will be of help. I’m not going to put any of the links to my PayPal or ko-fi accounts because I don’t think it would be appropriate for this kind of post (also this is not sponsored in the slightest, but I just wanted to list as many available resources as possible). That’s it for today. Thank you for reading. Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾