Enter the murky world of online sex work with Dead Man’s Phone: Unmasked, a new interactive crime series available exclusively on mobile through the all-new storytelling platform Scriptic.
Created by interactive entertainment studio Electric Noir Studios, Dead Man’s Phone: Unmasked puts you in the shoes of a detective investigating the case of a body found at Hampstead Heath.
Tufts of bright red hair and an iconic gold mask suggest the victim is famous AllMyFans influencer, Gemma Dream. After using the victim’s phone to solve the mystery of what happened to Gemma, including scouring the victim’s social media, interviewing an old ex-boyfriend, and arresting sinister followers, you’re not closer to solving the case.
Your story evolves as you use the tools in the game, including a news app reporting every arrest you make, maps to track the live location of suspects, a social media app to launch viral campaigns and video conferences to conduct remote interviews with the police. Solve the crime your way with multiple-choice answers to suit your investigative style and stay in control of how the story unfolds.
Writer Martha Reed crafted the gripping narrative for Electric Noir Studios to raise awareness of the challenges online sex workers face in their daily lives, the abuse they face online, the stigma they face from the part of society and serious threats to their personal safety, including doxing and harassment. The story challenges the culture of victim-blaming by portraying women and sex workers as ordinary, fallible people, highlighting women’s right to live in safety, regardless of their job or sexual preference.
The The dead man’s phone The series sheds light on important social issues not usually highlighted through video games.
Martha Reed, who wrote the story of The dead man’s phone: Unmaskedsaid: “This season of Dead Man’s Phone seeks to give voice to marginalized women. Too often, the dangers women face are swept under the rug and ignored. This game highlights a vital issue and the support of mobile games allows us to reach as wide an audience as possible.
“Being involved in the game was an amazing experience and a challenge coming from the theater world, but we all helped create an authentic and human story with a truly valuable message at its heart. I am beyond proud of the work we accomplished here and delighted that we have helped to make the voices of some of the most vulnerable members of society heard.
Former British detective Sim Cryer worked as a consultant to make the experience as authentic as possible, while lending his acting skills to the final experience as Chief Inspector to help you navigate the mystery.
Glamorous influencer and model Victoria Barrett has also consulted on the real world of only fanswith Haruka Kuroda brought in as the Privacy Coordinator to advocate and liaise between the cast and production crew to ensure consent, boundaries and expectations were set and maintained throughout the filming.
Nihal Tharoor, Founder and CEO of ElectricNoir, said: “After the success of the first season, we wanted to do something that was true to our ethos of telling compelling stories while ensuring our voice was used for social good. The mobile gaming platform allowed us to reach a large audience and really puts the player in the shoes of the detective. We want to use our platform to amplify marginalized voices.
After the success of the first season of Dead man’s phone: Redman, Electric Noir Studios continues to expand with the goal of creating even more interactive stories, across multiple genres, on the Scriptic platform. Following a BAFTA nomination in 2020, Electric Noir Studios has launched a second season of the critically acclaimed game with more on the horizon; each with a poignant story to tell.
The studio also announces that both seasons of Dead Man’s Phone will be available on Netflix later this year, under the platform name Scriptic.
Netflix announced its move to gaming last year, now offering a curated selection of high-quality mobile games on the Netflix app, with unlimited access for Netflix subscribers with no ads or in-app purchases. Through Scriptic, Dead man’s phone: Redman and Unmasked will join this exclusive selection of titles and deliver immersive, interactive drama to Netflix audiences around the world.
The first episode of Dead Man’s Phone: unmaskd is available to play on the Scriptic app starting today, on iOS and Android:
- Apple App Store
- Google Play Store
Learn more about Electric Noir Studios and the Scriptic app here: