This seems to have become a big thing lately. Computer games foregoing the usual plain old boring screenshots and offering in-game “cameras” to let you position and compose your shot for a more pleasing image. Hell, even Mario Kart Tour has one. But what we’re starting to see now are games that are entirely based on shooting photos.
We featured one recently that’s actually a Photography Simulator (at least that’s the name of it), but Toem is a game where you play the part of an amateur photographer, going on expeditions and helping to solve problems by “snapping photos in [a] hand-drawn adventure game”. And it’s not for smartphones. This one’s actually for the PC.
This game is purely for fun. It’s not going to help you get better at photography – except perhaps for composition and how to work for
exposure achievement stamps. As you explore around the world, you’ll come across people that have puzzles for you to overcome, which you’ll do by utilising your camera to help them identify the solution to their problem.
It does look quite fun and the reviews are overall very positive. It’s certainly a new idea when it comes to photography and games and it has a great message. Get out there with your camera (in the real world) and go shoot a bunch of pictures!
Toem is available on Steam for Windows and Mac and it costs $19.99.