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It’s March of 2020; you were just sent home from college because of the coronavirus, you have a few small regrets, mainly not telling someone how you really feel.
Weston Bell-Geddes
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Left on Read is a 2020 Interactive Fiction Indie Game developed by Weston Bell-Geddes. The game takes place during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, where you're talking to your college crush via text message during the quarantine. The game allows you to make choices as to what text messages you will send, thus impacting the direction of the story.

There are some platforming elements in the game as you have to jump on the message you want to send to your crush, but ultimately the game is more about the conversations and the choices you make. The game takes place entirely in the user interface of a phone's messaging app, similar to the likes of Digital: A Love Story and Emily Is Away.

You can download the game for free on Steam or on itch.io.

You can also visit the official website here.


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Left On Read provides examples of:

  • But Thou Must!: Many times during a conversation the player will type out what he really wants to say to his crush, but will quickly backspace it and type a much safer response.
  • Dialogue Tree: You are given a handful of options of text messages to send in many situations.
  • Next Sunday A.D.: The game was released in May 2020, but takes place all the way up to August 2020.
  • Unexpectedly Realistic Gameplay: Once you beat the game, you unlock Realism Mode, where you have to wait in real time for your crush to reply to your messages. This takes hours.

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