After more than 26 years in the force, Detective Sim Cryer has seen his fair share of murders.
For months on end, he would throw himself into cases, hoping to uncover the truth in a bid to give families some sort of justice.
But after two and a half decades of seeing horrors no human should have to see and “taking trauma home with him”, he knew he had to make a change.
So when the opportunity arose to help create a London crime-solving game, he knew it would be a great way to show the public the realities for officers and victim’s families in this situation.
He came on board with ElectricNoir on their launch of Dead Man’s Phone – an immersive storytelling mobile game that puts users in the shoes of a Scotland Yard homicide detective investigating the murder of a young teenager, pushed to his death from a South London tower block in Peckham.
Speaking about why he decided to talk part he said: “I have seen so many crime dramas on the TV and thought that wouldn’t have happened – it’s just not realistic.
“Line of Duty has some great bits but Dead Man’s Phone steps it up another notch.
“I sat down with Electric Noir and we would think about all the techniques and tactics the police use and how your life is almost imprinted on your phone.
“When it was finished I was blown away with it – it raises key issues in a clever way”.
The former detective said players are “fully immersed” in the story, as instead of passively watching it on the TV they are working out clues, wading through evidence and solving the investigation for themselves.
However, due to its lifelike nature, users will also have to encounter “real” situations such as waiting for forensic results to come back from the lab and trying to talk to suspects.
But is the grind is worth the wait?
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As well as the satisfaction of working through the investigation, Sim revealed there is a pretty dramatic firearms scene to look out which involves a chase across a field.
“People are fed up of sitting on a sofa and watching crime dramas,” he told MyLondon.
“With Electric Noir you are interacting and solving the story in a really fun way.”
Nominated for the EE Mobile Game of the Year Award at this year’s BAFTA Games Awards, the full Dead Man’s Phone first season unfolds across a total of six episodes, all of which are available for free now on iOS and Android.
UK hip-hop label, Defenders Entertainment, has also partnered with ElectricNoir to supply all the music for season one of Dead Man’s Phone. The full soundtrack will be released on Spotify and Apple Music later this year.
To find out more about the immersive drama, click here.