Platformers have become hugely popular in the last few years after having trailed off for some time, and it’s games like Snapshot that should help maintain the genre’s forward momentum.
Retro Affect has infused this game with a clever hook: you can take pictures of the environment, then place them down and interact with them in other areas. For instance, if you take a picture of a box you can then use that box to climb ledges that are otherwise too high. If the box is moving when you take the picture it will continue to move when you put a picture down. You can even rotate the picture upward to shoot the box into the sky.
Sony’s Playstation Blog puts the game’s release in Fall 2012 on not just the Playstation 3, but the Vita as well. The game is also coming to Steam (as per Retro Affect’s Facebook), though no information is available on when.
Retro Affect’s long-in-development Snapshotwill be released on Steam “very soon,” according to lead programmer David Carrigg. In a video interview with Pixabyte, Carrigg said that the photo-themeed puzzle-platformer will be released before summer on PC, and most likely Linux and Mac. It will also be released on PS3 later this summer, and “future consoles in addition to that.”
Snapshot lets you play as PIC, a robot that has the ability to remove objects from the environment with its camera and store them for use in other areas. You can check out our full impressions from last year’s PAX East.
A word of advice: if you’re going to attend an even like PAX East, wear comfortable shoes. Between waiting in lines that snake around booths and standing in front of suspended TVs, it’s a rare treat to get a few minutes to rest those barking dogs. I was thankful they were given a brief respite when I plopped into a seat ripped from a minivan and spent some time with Snapshot, a colorful puzzle-platformer about a robot named Pic.
Pic is a charming little rust-colored robot who has the rather unique ability to capture objects with its camera and store them for later use. The camera doesn’t merely duplicate objects, it actually removes them from the world entirely, and Pic can store up to three of pictures at once.