The game capitalizes on how we judge each other online just by the way we type.
Characters make typos when they’re flustered (and sometimes when they’re not), and the others call them out on it.
Don’t feel weird if you’re crushing on someone who doesn’t exist!
“No one, not even Elizabeth 3rd, could change me,” Jumin Han wrote to me in a chat room. Jumin Han, heir to the giant corporation C&R International, had finally fallen in love with me.
If they call, you can hear a voice actor saying the Korean dialogue. Aside from falling in love with one of the characters, you have been assigned the task of handling the guest list for an upcoming fundraiser, meaning you exchange emails with other randos including a familiarly loudmouthed chef extraordinaire named Chef Ram G, internet-famous cat Long Cat, and a pretty racist depiction of a Middle Eastern oil tycoon.
A good chunk of the time, I wasn’t actively trying to date people—sometimes I would just swipe to see what my “high score” could be and see how hot of a dude I could match with.Even sending messages seemed like an intricate game—as a pretty judgmental person, I can jump to conclusions based on hardly any material (not into that GIF shit).Mystic Messenger isn’t trying to emulate a dating app specifically, but with this game sims have finally tapped into the grey area of digital dating in a meaningful way.You can pay to go back and take part in the conversations, or to unlock the next day’s chatroom convos, but you can’t technically pause time.People—okay, almost entirely young women—have been going nuts over this app over the last couple weeks.
According to Korean otome developer Chertiz’s website, the game was released in early July, but the first version seems to have made it to the i Tunes store in mid-August, inspiring mini-memes and tons of fan art. The girl to the right is supposed to be me, the supportive friend who will always be just that.