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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 It even changes the overall colouring of the scene, making it depressed looking.
Photographs Windows As the time goes on, the paper gets more and more prominent.
Photographs Windows Each story begins with a very simple puzzle that aims to teach you basic mechanics of the section. Right here we need to lead Alchemist and Cleo to the marked spots, and they move simultaneously.
Photographs Windows Opening of The Journalist story. It starts a while back chronologically, but the puzzle mechanic is the same - connect the dots.

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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. Queen of Hell (380) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Link-Cable Apr 03, 2019 8.1 out of 10 81
Game Informer Magazine Apr 03, 2019 8 out of 10 80
Everyeye.it Apr 23, 2019 7.8 out of 10 78
Adventure Gamers May 01, 2019 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Rock, Paper, Shotgun Apr 03, 2019 Unscored Unscored
Polygon Apr 08, 2019 Unscored Unscored
The Verge Apr 07, 2019 Unscored Unscored

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Sciere (607950) added Photographs (Windows) on Apr 03, 2019
Other platforms contributed by Queen of Hell (380) and Sciere (607950)