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Link Cable Gaming (Apr 03, 2019)
"...anyone who is a fan of good stories with emotional narratives will definitely enjoy Photographs."
80
Game Informer Magazine (Apr 03, 2019)
Photographs is a beautiful narrative puzzle game about people's worlds shifting during pivotal junctures in their lives.
78
Everyeye.it (Apr 23, 2019)
La scarsa qualità della direzione artistica e qualche riempitivo di troppo non possono oscurare un lavoro eccellente in fase di ideazione, scrittura e concezione dell'opera. Photographs si inserisce con originalità e freschezza tra i puzzle-game più particolari degli ultimi tempi, un'opera che grazie a un peculiare sforzo creativo è riuscita a offrire una terza via al racconto videoludico per enigmi, rendendoli al contempo sia parte del tema che del divertimento e della progressione del giocatore. Un gioco che gli appassionati del genere dovrebbero recuperare per scoprire nuove prospettive sulla narrazione videoludica, e che i più disinteressati a questo tipo di meccaniche potrebbero usare come apripisti verso nuove scoperte interattive.
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Adventure Gamers (May 01, 2019)
Essentially five short games in one, Photographs presents a series of dark, disturbing, and above all compelling tales of woe interspersed with their own diverting puzzle minigames ranging from easy to challenging.
 
Polygon (Apr 08, 2019)
Photographs is short; each tale lasts about 30 minutes, but its impact is lasting. Each story explores how a simple decision, especially one made with the best intentions, can go wrong. It examines how circumstances can cloud our better judgment. Each story shows the painful consequences of trying too hard to be right. While I may never experience the same dire situations this game’s characters face, witnessing their tales as a third party taught me a valuable lesson. In dark moments, we may rush to the first solution that might fix it all. However, it may be helpful to step back from the situation and view it objectively, much like a photograph of someone else’s life. Given time, we may learn that the tough choice, not the most immediate choice, is the right one to make.
 
The Verge (Apr 07, 2019)
For most of the game, you’ll be wondering how these characters are all connected. Every story seems to exist in its own unique time and space. Some are set in the modern day, while others are rooted in fantasy. Thankfully, Photographs pulls all of these threads together in the final chapter, which wraps things up in a satisfying, albeit still tragic, way. By the end, you’ll be convinced that a puzzle game can indeed tell a story, and you might never look at sliding blocks quite the same way again.
 
Mashable (Apr 10, 2019)
It's a reminder that while there are no do-overs in life, a moment's reflection can be all the difference between a long road to hell paved by your own misguided selfishness and a happy, fulfilled existence. We can't unmake our own self-inflicted tragedies, but Photographs wants to remind us that it always starts with a choice.
 
Rock, Paper, Shotgun (Apr 03, 2019)
Photographs is a very novel experience (well, a very short story experience, fnarr), lovingly crafted, if not fully composed. I don’t love it as a puzzle game, but it’s a vignette of vignettes, and I like it for that.


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