What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow, 2017) has a part of the games that uses photography mechanics as part of the gameplay. Focusing and taking a picture at the correct subject triggers the story to move forward.

Note: video below is a walkthrough and contains spoilers of the game.

 

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UFO: A Day In The Life

UFO: A Day In The Life (Love-de-Lic, 1999)

the player must use a device called “COSMIC,” a kind of camera, to reveal the creatures. Once a certain number of photographs have been taken, the player character returns to the ship to develop the pictures. This is done by giving the negatives to a giant floating head called “Mother.” As more aliens are rescued, more areas open up and different times of day are available for exploration.

source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UFO:_A_Day_in_the_Life

 

Michigan: Report from Hell

Michigan : Report from Hell (Grasshopper Manifacture, 2004)

As part of a three-man news crew from Zara Television it is your job to report on the drama as it occurs. Your role in proceedings is passive, and one almost like a director observing his cast and crew. […] But you do not merely sit back and watch colleagues fighting for their lives. Capturing the action is part of the game, but by searching rooms and environments you can identify potentially life saving (or puzzle solving) items – by zooming in on them. Failure to do so may result in another path being taken, or at worse your female reporter dying in a gruesome encounter.

source: https://web.archive.org/web/20080913115323/http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/ps2/michigan

Lumen (Thousand Cranes Studio, 2013)

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Lumen is a platform-puzzle video game where the player assumes control of a girl trapped in a world of nightmare as she tries to make her escape. With the sole help of her camera, she will have to dodge traps, run away from her enemies and use her photographs to change the world that surrounds her.

source: http://www.lumengame.com/the-game/

Snapshot

Snapshot is the tale of a lone robot lost in an abandoned world. Armed with only his trusty camera, Pic sets forth on his great adventure. A camera might not seem like enough for a puzzle platforming adventure, but this camera is different from most: It has the ability to capture and remove from the world the very objects that it photographs. Not only that, but it can also use its powers to paste the photos it took back into the environment! Everything that the camera captures is perfectly preserved, and when the photos are restored the objects are restored with it. On top of all of that, this amazing camera can also rotate the photos before they’re pasted. Take a picture of an incoming fireball, rotate it and paste it to send it flying into a wall of heavy boxes to knock it out of the way.

source: http://store.steampowered.com/app/204220/