Phone Story

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Sure, you have a smartphone, but did you know that your fun times are only one small segment of its life cycle? This app presents four mini-games each representing different aspects of its creation, sale, and disposal. The first mini-game takes place in the Congo, where the mineral Coltan (columbiteā€“tantalite) is mined by child slave labourers under watch by armed guards. Next, it's off to the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China, where the player, using a suicide net, tries to catch despondent workers attempting to commit suicide after working 36-hour shifts by flinging themselves off of the building's roof. Then it's off to the Pear Store, for a brief visit to the first world and its problems ā€” where a store manager attempts to meet the frenzied demand for the store's smartphones by rabid customers storming its front entrance. Finally, the game whisks players away to Pakistan, where a grubby family dismantles obsolescent tech gadgets rolling by on a conveyor belt, extracting the e-waste's precious mineral value in an environment of harsh chemicals and acrid, carcinogenic smoke without the aid of protective gear.



Credits (iPhone version)

10 People (6 developers, 4 thanks)

Game by
  • Molleindustria
Original concept by
Website content by
Voice by
Music ("Derecha") by
Thanks to
Supported by
  • AND festival
  • Gwangju Design Biennale



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App Store

Apple pulled the game from the App Store hours after it had been approved, citing four App Store code violations:* 15.2 Apps that depict violence or abuse of children will be rejected * 16.1 Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected * 21.1 Apps that include the ability to make donations to recognized charitable organizations must be free * 21.2 The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS

The developer contests the latter two, and as for the first two, he remarked that he needed to think a while to figure out how to "[P]roduce a new version of Phone Story that depicts the violence and abuse of children involved in the electronic manufacturing supply chain in a non-crude and non-objectionable way."

On the other hand, the game is still available on Google Play.

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  • MobyGames ID: 52893


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Game added September 17th, 2011. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.