Things get a little creepy with this high school stalking simulator.
It turns out Mika is looking for love in all the wrong places.
Don’t Notice Me follows a young high school student named Mika who’s finally found the courage to share her feelings with Elliot Chase, the object of her affection. She drafts up a letter, delivers it to Elliot, and then immediately regrets having done so, and slips it into her crush’s bag.
Our heroine knows “everything” about Elliot, including his social security number, as she creepily reveals at the beginning of the game.
The narrative adventure game, as it’s billed, finds you navigating the typical life of a high schooler, all the while breaking into rooms, solving puzzles, and trying to unravel the mystery at the heart of it all. Mostly, you’ll just be trying to sneak into Elliot’s house to steal the letter back so he’s none the wiser…but who knows what you’ll discover while trying to do so?
The anime aesthetic lends a cheery note to the game’s atmosphere, though this isn’t a game that should be taken at face value alone. There’s a sinister mystery at play, tucked in amongst what seems like a carefree high school life.
If it sounds like something you’d like to take for a test drive, the game’s available now via Steam. It won’t take up too much time to complete a full playthrough, but it’s worth investing the time if you’re looking for something new to play.
Brittany has been covering games and tech for over a decade for the likes of G4, Popular Science, IGN, Empire, Kotaku, Rolling Stone and GameSpot – as well as appearing as a speaker at video game conventions such as PAX East. When she’s not writing or gaming, she’s looking for the next great visual novel.