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Snapshot Tinkers with Side-Scrolling Formula

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E3 isn't just about the big, triple-A games, there are also plenty of indie games as well.

Yesterday I wandered over to the quiet indiecade corner of E3 to check out Snapshot and talk to its two man development team, Kyle Pulver and Peter Jones.


The game is a side-scrolling platformer with a unique twist. At any time, you can take pictures of objects in the environment to capture them, and then re-release them from the photos to assist you in completing the levels.

For example, you can take a picture of a walking purple elephant and then re-release it, by positioning the photo on the screen, to help you push a heavy box onto a button switch. You can then recapture the elephant by simply taking another photo.


The same mechanic applies to moving crates, doors, and almost anything in the level. You can even stack items into a pile and snap a shot to hold multiple objects in one picture.

Gameplay is made more challenging with "no photo" zones and limits put on how many photos you can hold at a time.


The game is currently a PC demo that Kyle and Peter are showcasing to gain enough support to make a full blown version of the game, hopefully on multiple platforms.

"Snapshot" has unlimited gameplay possibilities and I can't wait to see this game progress.


By Kotaku Contest Winner Josiah Munsey