PHOTOGRAPHS (EightyEight Games, 2019)
Set off in the distance, you’re given a camera, looking to take photos of their lives: whether it be a grand-father and grand-daughter playing their favorite game, a diver perfecting her craft, or strangers working together to survive. Each photo is set with a small puzzle, each style different for each arc, that progresses the time line before taking the next photo. Each photo taken dives deeper into the lives of these five individuals, all the way to the climax of each arc, showing what went wrong, and our character’s wishes.
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[…] As a photographer all the little details were a nice touch- seeing the camera settings change with the scene and even with cursor movement put a smile on my face.
The photographs are just a framing device for the story as it moves along. The experience is all about the stories.
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Snapshot Adventures – The Secret of Bird Island (iWin, Large Animal Games, 2007).
Take your best shot at bird photography in this cross-country adventure! Solve the mysterious disappearance of your grandfather as you travel through dozens of locations armed with nothing but a standard 35mm camera and a field guide. You’ll need to photograph a variety of birds in their natural habitat using special items you can collect along the way. Create and share your birds while building the portfolio of a lifetime with Snapshot Adventures!
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.
Lost: Via Domus (Ubisoft, 2008) is a game spin off of the Lost TV series, where you play a photo journalist named Elliott Maslow who loses his memory in a plane crash.
The game employs the use of flashbacks as a storytelling device, much like the television show, and gamifies the act of photographic capture as a way to retrieve memories. Framing, focusing and zooming are realistically simulated in-game, while the function of the photographic act is given the supernatural power to “cure” the protagonist’s amnesia.
The Amazon Trail (MECC, 1993) is an educational game where you play a naturalist taking and identifying photos of all plants and animals you encounter in the journey.
A game about explicit voyeurism and sex in Manga-style which deals with photography to some extent, too. While the player can satisfy a male gaze on all sorts of female parts (the Steam-version of the game is edited in terms of explicitness compared to the non-Steam version), the lack of male subjects to voyeurism makes this game suspicious of promoting a tiny bit of sexism.
From the game’s greenmangaming.com description:
Courtesy Warning: The sexual themes in this game are mostly for fun/humor and don’t make for particularly great fapping material.
In HunieCam Studio players take control of a sleazy cam girl operation. Rake in stacks of filthy internet money and attract as many disgusting fans as you can in this fast paced, click happy and thoroughly perverted take on the business tycoon / management sim genre!
Recruit cam models from an eclectic cast of cuties who have probably made some poor life choices. Manage your girls’ daily errands/activities to keep them stress-free and productive. Invest in various aspects of your business to improve functions and expand operations. Optimize your cam shows by promoting girls who match popular trends/fetishes. Abandon your morals and disappoint everybody who cares about you!
Shutter is a 2015 horror game by Cosmic Logic where players have to control a camera equipped RC vehicle. The aim of the game is to take pictures, which get assigned to the player as he/she progresses. The photos taken need to uploaded and the camera gets upgraded throughout the game (with specific modifications like night vision, spectral vision, etc.).
Re-live a dark and haunting tale in this fixed camera puzzle-horror game RE-miniscent of the first generation of survival horror games. Using both CCTV cameras and your upgradable RC surveillance unit, you have to keep your eyes and ears sharp in order to take photos and unearth a chilling event that unfolded years ago.