Photobomb (Milkbag Games, 2014)
The premise: everyone is supposed to be monitored everywhere, but a city square has been bombed by someone who wasn’t wearing their tracking ID. Six people there were unidentified at the time of the bombing, and we need to figure out which it was. We can wander around inside a reconstruction of the scene, replaying the last seconds before the bomb went off, watching a crowd mannequins move about and, eventually, seeing one drop the bomb.
We have no idea who that person is, but we can tag and track the unknowns by recreating photos which feature them. Everyone’s Instagramming everything nowadays, you know. Once we’ve recreated a shot, the suspects and bomb sites within them are forever painted bright colours as we rewatch events. Eventually we can find clear proof, but may not have time. With people baying for justice, we only have two minutes to identify the guilty. We might need to rely on deduction.
The photo-restaging is tricky to get the hang of, but jolly fun once you’ve figured it out. Watching the crowds buzz about is a lovely thing, as is watching bright suspects pass through them. Our one gunshot is pretty powerful and final, especially at times when we’re not certain. That’s a problem with many FPSs: shooting loses a lot of its power when we’re doing it constantly. And the mannequin shatters, not even seen as a person. Pretty harsh place, this city. It occurs to me now that I’ve never tried not firing or purposely missing at the end.
And! Being procedural means the suspects and square are different every time. Splendid.
Download page: https://milkbaggames.itch.io/photobomb
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;
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.
Freeze me (Rainy Night Creations, 2015) employs a camera with magical abilities as a core game mechanics. Taking pictures freezes the objects photographed, transforming the metaphor of the freezing of time through photographic capture into a feature usually seen in game weapons.
FreezeME is a A 3D platformer in the style of the 90s-era but wait there is a twist! The main character “R” has one special tool – a camera around her neck. This camera allows her to literally freeze the objects she photographs.
No Photos, Please by dreasgrech.
In No Photos, Please!, the player takes control of either a Photographer or a Security Guard in a two player match. It is the Photographer’s object to snap a photo of all the exhibits in the museum while the Security Guard has the objective to identify and apprehend the Photographer before the timer runs out.
note: the game has been Greenlit on Steam in 2014 but it has not been published yet.