Snapdragon (Jan Orlowski, 2019)
Snapdragon is a puzzle adventure game about recreating photos on an abandoned island. Use the old photos to determine where they were taken and recreate them with your camera. The island has experienced many changes, so figuring out where the photo was taken will be a challenge.
thanks Matteo Bittanti for the tip!
A Brand New Camera (Fernando Ramallo, 2018).
Thank you for your purchase! You are now the owner of a brand new Digital Still Camera.
Explore and capture your surroundings with the future of digital imaging.
320×240 resolution with 128 shades of luminance.
Digital viewfinder with Composition Assist®
4X Digital Zoom
DRAM internal memory with JPG storage
Power: 0.075 W; Processor: 5 MIPs;
Memory: 7,497,984 bits;
Photo-copy (Cliffordius, 2018).
itch.io link: https://cliffordius.itch.io/photo-copy
You’ll walk about Black Rock City, site of the Burning Man festival, and try your best to re-create some photos. Identify the landmarks in the photos, find the right place to stand, and choose just the right angle.
The city layout, camps, and landmarks are all procedurally generated.
It’s a first-person shooter in which you shoot photos.
IMG_20180226 (Crawlspace, 2018) is a short story game about taking a picture of the moon.
itch.io link: https://crawlspacestudio.itch.io/img-20180226
Bug Game (Grace Bruxner, 2017) part of 3 Game Pack
#nofilter (jekagames, 2017)
A picture-taking toy where you take snapshots from a bedroom and post pictures to an Instagram clone with randomly selected captions and hashtags. Made for GAMERella 2017 with Jess Marcotte, Serena Fisher, and Diana Lazzaro.
screenshot from game, played on 2018-07-05 (online)
The Polaroid (Christopher Ng, Conrad Fay, Michael Lee, Kenneth Ng, Spencer Lee, 2016) submitted to Ludum Dare 36 (August 26th-29th, 2016)
Inside a mysterious room with no door, you seek a way to get out. A set of polaroid photos on the wall hint at the story of this room’s past. With only an old polaroid camera in hand, you must solve the puzzle of each photo by matching them to the scene.
The Polaroid is a puzzle game that connects the past and present through a supernatural take on the polaroid-within-a-polaroid fad.
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.
Tearaway is an indie game released in 2013 for PS VITA. In its gameplay the main character is given a camera to take in-game photographs. The photos do not actually complete missions or game objectives, but throughout the game additional camera features (lenses and filters) can be unlocked. Pictures taken within the game can be saved and shared.
You’ll be awarded the camera early in the game, it comes with kit lens, with a nice depth of field, and you can get snapping straight away. To unlock new lenses and special filters, you’ll need to collect confetti; little colourful bits of paper you’ll see throughout the world. You can spend this confetti on numerous things, including camera items.
There are five additional lenses to collect, each brings something different. There’s the Macro lens for close-ups, a zoom lens for capturing distant scenes, a high speed lens for fast moving objects, a wide angle for capturing more of the scene, and finally, the Quantum Lens, for capturing photos of the real world using the PS Vita’s front and rear cameras.
On top of the different lenses, you can unlock a set of filters help you get super arty. These filters could be warming or, cooling, put everything into negative or turn a scene black and white… There are 15 filters in total, all with their own special effects and properties.
Once you’ve taken a snap you’re particularly proud of, you can share it with your friends via Facebook or Twitter, or with the world at large via our Tearaway community website.