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Description

Photographs is a narrative game with puzzles serving to advance the plot, rather than an adventure game in a classic sense of the genre. The game is split into five chapters, each of them being set in its own time frame and location, and every chapter being a complete story in its own. Similarity is that they all follow the same road - show the player a very simple puzzle that would explain the mechanics of this particular story, followed up by narration, which is followed up by another puzzle, and so on. To unlock the next puzzle, player needs to find the desired picture element on the diorama using a camera interface and let the game to "take a photo" of that thing. As the story unfolds before the player's eyes, the puzzles are getting more and more difficult and time-consuming, while the dioramas get more and more detailed. Eventually, a point will be reached in the story that plainly sunders that protagonist's life in before and after parts, and their choice and its outcome is shown.

Difference between the chapters is that what worked for one story, is utterly useless in another. There're five kinds of puzzle in the game in total - lead characters to a specific spot, make the ball reach the target, fill the playing field with shapes, connect starting point and finish point, and match-three kind of puzzle. All of them are with little quirks and twists making them stand out as unique in the crowd of the similar ones. There's a hint system implemented as of the last update, and there's a director's commentary mode available, so you won't be stuck forever if you've no idea how to solve a puzzle. The ending of the game depends purely on your own choice and moral compass. Finally, the game is quite short and takes about four hours at maximum to complete.

Screenshots

Photographs Windows But it won't be an easy ride, with curved balls, bouncing pads and other stuff getting added as you go.
Photographs Android Natives now work, and settlers now eat.
Photographs Android One of the few clues that every story happens with the same world.
Photographs Windows Cute pixel art fills up the scene as the story goes, more and more detail popping in.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Photographs — Загадочные истории" -- Android Russian spelling
  • "Photographs: Puzzle Stories" -- Android title

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User Reviews

A very strong narrative concealed for a puzzle solving game. Windows Queen of Hell (380)
A very strong narrative concealed for a puzzle solving game. Android Queen of Hell (380)

Critic Reviews

148apps iPad Apr 03, 2019 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
148apps iPhone Apr 03, 2019 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Metro.co.uk Android Apr 08, 2019 9 out of 10 90
Metro.co.uk iPhone Apr 08, 2019 9 out of 10 90
Adventure Gamers Windows May 01, 2019 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Polygon iPad Apr 08, 2019 Unscored Unscored
Rock, Paper, Shotgun Windows Apr 03, 2019 Unscored Unscored
The Verge Windows Apr 07, 2019 Unscored Unscored
Polygon Windows Apr 08, 2019 Unscored Unscored
Polygon iPhone Apr 08, 2019 Unscored Unscored

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Contributed to by Queen of Hell (380) and Sciere (619662)