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Video Game Photographs - Puzzle Stories Review
"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Photographs - Puzzle Stories 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.

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"Have you ever made a mistake, or hurt people you care about?" Asks the Photographs trailer. It's a puzzle game that aims much higher than to distract you while on the way to work.

By investigating polaroid photos from the lives of different characters in the game. In each you trigger a number of different puzzles to solve that advance the lives of these five different people: Olympic swimmer, botanist, reporter, settler and time-travelling wizard. Each life evolves as a miniature diorama where you zoom in, search for and photograph clues, and solve puzzles to move things forward.

But things don’t go to plan, in heartbreaking and sometimes shocking ways. By the end of the game, you are deeply connected to each person and have to make a near-impossible decision between which of the tragic endings to change for the better. The decision you have to make is hard because you’ve got to know each person’s family and life. How do you choose which of your friends to save, when you’ve been a part of their downfall?

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This is a Narrative and Puzzle game. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete. It takes about 45 minutes to play each of the five stories in the game, and 10 minutes to play the epilogue. Total time will vary but most will complete within 4 hours.

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Extreme Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Violence and Blood.
The game includes themes of suicide, drug use, shooting and other violence. This is depicted with pixilated graphics and some sounds. When a character shoots themselves you see a splash of bloody pixels.


Photographs - Puzzle Stories

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Out Now: Android and iOS

Coming Soon: Mac and PC

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Luca Redwood (@LucaRedwood)

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