MISSING is an episodic series bringing the 90's FMV games and classic adventure together in a unique experience. Use your brain to solve puzzles, find items and use reflexes in action sequences to help the characters progress in the story.
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Release Date: May 25, 2015

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May 25


Dear followers,

It is with regret that we have to announce today the closing of Zandel Media. Even with great feedback from all of you, the lower than expected sales made it very hard to finance more episodes in the MISSING series. Even though MISSING was only a 45 minutes experience for you guys, it's been a 5 year ride for us. An amazing learning experience.

To all of you who helped make this game a reality, we are eternally grateful. We met great people along the way from both the game and the film industry. We hope to meet you again in our future endeavors.

And to all of you who played, loved and believed in MISSING, a big thank you!!! We've kept you in the dark for way too long and we're sorry about that. It was not out of respect but mainly because we always believed we would be able to offer you the other episodes.

Flavie and Simon

PS: For legal reasons we had to remove the game from all the stores. We hope we can eventually bring back the game online.

Follow Simon here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/stremblay4/

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About This Game

MISSING is an episodic series bringing the 90's FMV games and classic adventure together in a unique experience. In the first episode you play David Newcastle, the victim. Kidnapped for no clear reason, Dave will have to find his way out and elude captivity while trying to figure out who his captor is. Meanwhile, Detective Lambert investigates a series of mysterious disappearances in the city. Use your brain to solve puzzles, find items and use reflexes in action sequences to help the characters progress in the story.

This game includes episode one only. Future episodes aren’t available yet and will be sold separately.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Quad Q6600 or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel graphics or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Mountain Lion
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Additional Notes: MacBookPro, MacBook, iMac, MacPro and MacMini 2010+
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65 of 78 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
It's a small dilema whether to recommend "MISSING: An Interactive Thriller - Episode One". It's essentially a hidden object game with FMV and some mini games. It does everything to a good standard and the puzzles are mostly easily solvable. I had one puzzle that caused me some minor grief, the rest were set at a casual level.

The problem arises in how actually short the game is and the achievements are very easy to accomplish.

Is it worth full price? I'd say no. I bought it in a 60% sale and I think this could be overpriced still. There just isnt enough content. I'm not sure how many episodes are planned but maybe if a whole series is availabe at a discounted price then it could be a great package.

I will recommend it due to it doing the hidden object genre well and I had fun whilst it lasted. But do expect to be looking for something else to occupy yourself with 45 minutes later.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
MISSING is a really short FMV adventure game, with some basic QTE - quick time events which require you to click on an action indicator within the time limit. This somewhat experimental little game is obviously planned as an episodic adventure, but there has been some time since the arrival of the first episode, and no news of the second yet. As it is, the game has real promise, yet ends out as a glorious demo.

We open our eyes, abandoned, chained and stranded in an old warehouse. The words "Play with me" are painted on a nearby door. All that we know is, that we should escape by any means necessary. Meanwhile, there is an elderly detective who's trying to discover what happened to us, as he vows that "there won't be another one". Curious...

There is literally not a single negative thing to be said about the graphics, since they are real life recordings. It is nearly impossible to say where the cinematic videos end and the gameplay starts. Everything is alive, vibrant and actual. More like watching a short movie rather than playing a game. Ambient, decor and music are excellent. For a FMV, this is one of the best yet. The acting isn't anything miraculous though and I personally think our hero seemed quite dapper for someone who's been locked and missing for some time.

The game consists of 5 really short chapters, weaved around some really basic adventure puzzles, one HOG-ish puzzle and a couple "dodging" sequences. No actual plot given, no character depth displayed, not much of an actual story presented... you spare 40 minutes - an hour if you are an achievement hunter, adore the cinematic immersion and get done with it. There is no replay value at all. Only an endless wait for this to become a meaningful series of events in the future.

I'd be curious about the continuation of the series, if there'd be at least an introduction, or a clue or two about a story! Surely, the game is pregnant with some success, but I really hope it wouldn't end up with a miscarriage, never developing the story furthermore. Take your time, grab it on sale if you are curious. In full-price, I'd only recommend it if you are interested in funding developers.

I do understand that it is a tremendously expensive and tiresome process to fund both game development and real life video recording at the same time for a small development team, thus I refuse to down vote this. I'd like to be hopeful, and wait to see what this may turn into in the future. Thus, I'm recommending the game as an encouragement. It holds promise. Please don't let the promise go in vain.

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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Genre - Interactive Puzzle Film

If you are a fan of the Saw style films and point and click adventures you should like this game.

The actors I have seen so far do a reasonable job, and the environments look nice both on film and in the interactive space. The puzzles require some thought but aren't too hard. The game is short (less than an hour) and is only the first episode but the enjoyment I got out of it meant it was worth the price. As you get episode one you can then decide whether to take the story further. There are achievements you can go back for, but some of these might be more of a pain than they are worth. Although the completionist in you will want to at least try.

Not sure how they will do the other episodes yet, so watch this space.
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2015
Very cool game. Never played a game like this one before. Very well made! A little bit short, but it's just episode 1 and kept me interested until the end. Definitely want to know what's gonna happen next. Liked the puzzles very much. Also was very pleased by the acting and the scenes. Loved the interactions during the game. Will purchase the other episodes for sure.
Got this one as a gift, but I believe the asking price is fair. Very recommended!
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
I always liked the idea of a FMV-based adventure. even back when this started, in the mid 90's. but let's be honest, most of them are garbage. Missing is actually pretty good. Both FMV and the adventure part are solid. it's an enjoyable experience. I am looking forward to the next episode (and I hope it doesn't take them too long).

The only negative thing I can say about it is, that there is not enough dialog. Most of the time no one is speaking. The protagonist could have been a little more chatty. For instance, when he hears his daughter on the speaker saying "Daddy, I miss you" - why doesn't he whisper something like "I miss you too, sweety". All he does is shouting "no" at times. The scenes with the detective are better in that regard, but very short.

Well, it's only the first episode. So let's just see what comes next. If they keep this level or even improve, I feel I got my money's worth.

By the way, if anyone wonders how long the game is - it took me exactly 40 minutes.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
Missing: An Interactive Thriller is an episodic action-adventure FMV game.
The game plays out like a typical SAW movie in episode 1.
You play David Newcastle a family father who wakes up abducted to some deserted building and must find a way to escape. There are riddles to be solved, quick-time events to be done..and so on .

Graphic :
I wouldn't have thought that any FMV game would look remotely interesting in 2015. But it does! And it's not looking bad, doesn't look staged, like most of the old FMV games.Thumbs up!

Pretty good, voice acting doesn't sound bad like in the old days.Solid work.

You play the game with your keyboard, which is pretty ok. Sometimes you would have to do QTE's, but other than that you just do riddles ..SAW-style.

Surprisingly good game, although a little short. And the fact now that you're into the story ..you have to wait for all the season to be released to finish the gripping story
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
It's a nicely designed, but very short (30-60 minutes long), FMV game where you (mostly) play the part of a kidnap victim who's trying to escape. The kidnapper enjoys toying with the victim (eg, his "Play with me" message at the start of the game), and thus has put a lot of puzzles that the player needs to solve in order to escape (eg, locked rooms, etc).

The puzzles all tend to be of the locked room/inventory style puzzles. Although there are some cut scenes with dialogue, you never interact with people (which is a shame, as IMO, FMV games would lend themselves to character heavy games, given it's medium). Still there's enough story and atmosphere here that I was happy.

Also, note that there are a few (very few) timed portions to the game. They didn't cause me any difficulty, though.

If you're like point-and-click adventure games, and don't mind the very short length, I recommend it.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
A really short and interesting SAW type of puzzle and escape interactive thriller with real actors.

Some of the Actors actually seems like people in other TV shows before or, it could just be my imaginations.

The puzzle are all quite simple to solve and the game itself is very short. It's like 10-15 minutes short.

All except one achivevment is really easy to get.. (american sharpshooter).

Too bad the game company went under and this game has been orphaned. Would really want to play the rest of the episode though.

7/10.. A really quick to complete interactive puzzle game. IF you got half an hour free. Play it and finish it for some quick achivement progress.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
FMV games are in sorely short supply on Steam and elsewhere, and good ones are even rarer still. So, while MISSING: An Interactive Thriller has some rough edges, may be a bit too unchallenging and remains both short and unfinished, it's still a strong recommendation from the high production value and fun gameplay experience alone and is a must buy for fans of FMV.


One thing that stands out about MISSING: An Interactive Thriller is its great flow and pace. This may seem insignificant, but a title that combines a video game designed from the ground up and a short TV episode also designed by a team from the ground up, into one solid fun experience is no easy feat. The number of things that can go wrong at any stage and detract from the final product are much higher than for each one alone and its a testament to clever design principles that it's all fit together to produce an, albeit short, fantastic interactive video-story game.

The high production value of the video also stands out and while the gameplay graphics are by no means lacking, they do occassionally pale in comparison to the very well shot and editted sequence of video.

On the flip side, the puzzle design is very simple and easy which lends itself to the story rather than the gameplay, which is probably the more sensible priority choice. The puzzle design, while it has some annoyances mentioned below, deserves mention as doing the job well and remaining fun under the restrictions and limitations a title like this produces.

Mistakes & Annoyances

While the puzzles are clearly designed to facilitate the narrative and pace, they nonetheless often feel lacking in terms of challenge and overall satisfaction. The first chapter is by far the most interesting and exciting as it introduces the player to the premise and very smoothly introduces the mechanics, but after learning how to interact it just becomes an, at times, near-tedius matter of finding objects and putting them in the right place, akin to the lacking gameplay of many early Point & Click titles.

I initially felt cheated by the very short playtime of less than an hour, and I concede that the price is very fair for the quality of the production and product and that the future episodes will definitely add to the overall value, but with very little replay value and ultimately one dimensional gameplay it's hard to credit the game for length and this may be a reason to hesitate for some, at least in the early development stages.


Priced at just $3.99/£2.79/3.99€ and clocking in at nearly an hour of interesting and high quality interactive FMV gameplay, MISSING: An Interactive Thriller is hard not to recommend and the only thing that should hold you back is in perhaps waiting to ensure further episodes are developed. The developer has stated they're working on sourcing funding for both the gameplay development and video production and that they hope to aim for longer and higher quality episodes in the future, which are all great things to hear, but with no mention of when or how those things are likely to happen it's ultimately up to the player to decide whether an unfinished story is worth taking part in. Otherwise if you don't mind playing it for the short but unique and interesting gameplay experience, you're not going to be dissappointed.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Unfortunately, as a standalone game it is not something I would recommend for now.
It is not bad actually and is definitely worth its money, but 'Episode One' plays rather like a demo version.

Visuals are excellent, of course. But the story and even the dialogues you would expect to see in FMV-adventure are nearly absent. We have five chapters that could be solved in two minutes each if you know what you are to do - and the puzzles are not impressive either. We got a couple of pixel hunt, a couple of easy slider puzzles (although solving one of them in 5 seconds for an achievement took me a lot of time!), and - beware! - several QTE events. Some people may like them, but that's not what you expect to see in adventure game.

Still, the story does look promising and the actors (especially the one who plays Detective Lambert) are good - so I do hope to revise my review and to give it a positive score after (if) other episodes will appear. Until then - it would be better to wait.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 6
I played this through to completion last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Gave me the same sort of feeling I got when playing 90’s gems like Mad Dog McCree and Space Pirates.

It’s basically a movie that plays out, but at certain points you need to interact to help solve puzzles for it to progress, such as unlocking handcuffs, etc…

Took me about an hour or so to complete. Most of the puzzles were fairly easy, but good fun at the same time.

Highly recommended.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: September 4
This game was like a really interesting pilot of a new series that sadly got cancelled after just one episode. Damn shame.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: July 28
I really wanted to like this game because of its unique concept, but unfortunately I just can't. It's really short thus far, and not really worth the cost. I hit a bug in Chapter 5 that prevented me from finishing the game, and there's apparently a bug in their bug reporting system as well since when I tried to report the bug I got a spinning wheel until I finally gave up and quit the game. Great idea, but the execution isn't there yet.
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The Misanthrope
0.7 hrs
Posted: July 24
It's quite a shame this studio closed its doors before getting to finish this game. While this mash-up of FMV and escape-the-room is hardly revolutionary, it is a simple concept done exceedingly well. The puzzles are definitely on the easy side, but they seem to follow some kind of logic at least, in contrast to the usual escape-the-room obtuseness.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: July 24
This game was a transformative experience for me. It quite literally changed my life, and brought me to tears. Everyone should play it.

What's that? It's pulled from the store? That is just a shame. Well I'm sure Let's Plays are sort of almost the same thing. You pleb.
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[OpK] Sagittarius
1.0 hrs
Posted: July 22
Let's get it straight: Missing is not a bad game per se. The puzzles are good enough, and the scenario kind of makes you want to know more about the story. And yet I don't recommend it; why, you ask? Simply put, because this is supposed to be an episodic interactive story, but the studio that made the game closed its doors before finishing the game. Therefore you're left with a forever unfinished game, and a bitter taste in your mouth.

In this current state, it is impossible for me to recommend that game (that is one hour long!).
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22.6 hrs
Posted: July 9
MISSING sadly only shows a glimpse of what could have been done if funding had been secured. But the little it does show, is actually very engaging and fun. The mix between FMV and ingame sequences is well done and I really would have wished there had been more to it than merely 30 minutes.

Those 30 minutes were actually quite awesome, but it is sad to know that this project won't be continued. The way it is now, it is more a tech demo than a full game. If it ever becomes purchaseable again, it won't be worth even a handful of bucks, but for up to 3$ you should pick it up.

I sincerely hope projects like this aren't dead altogether, because FMV done right is absolutely amazing.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: June 29
Ok, right, the game was fun. But I did expect there to be more episodes, but it turns out that the developer has quit on making more episodes.
So, let's treat this game as an independent experience.
First thing I spotted was that they still say in the description that there will be more episodes.
But to the game itself.
The video quality is quite good. Could be less blurry, but not too many complaints.
The story starts off well enough: You're a man that has been tied up in a boiler room of sorts. You try and escape and see that the kidnapper made escaping so easy. He literally gave clues and easy puzzles for you to solve.
Basically the concept of the progression is this: STUCK IN ROOM -> SOLVE EASY PUZZLE -> RUN TO THE NEXT ROOM -> REPEAT
Now we move onto the detective and all I can say is that it's a waste of time. Since there will be no more episodes, all you do is try and set up the story. Even that was kind of weak. The acting was subpar and there was no tension, plus there was nothing interesting that actually happened.
The ending of the game, last level if you may, has more production quality, but it just ends up being fairly mundane and kind of meh overall.

4/10 (Kind of below average)

MISSING: An Interactive Thriller - Episode One is an ok start for a series that will never be made.
If you can get this off of a bundle, fair enough, activate it and play it. Otherwise, stay away from this. It had potential, but now that the project is dead, this game is also.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: June 27
This is the first game I've ever played of this style. Like many of the others that have reviewed, I am saddened that there will be no more episodes, but I did greatly enjoy playing through this first episode, even though it only took about 45 minutes or so to complete.

It's a relatively easy game (episode) to get through, and would've gladly played the additional episodes if they ever came to fruition.
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