Author: Steve Evans
Genre: Slice of life
"Photograph" is one of this year's interactive short stories, not so much
a game as it is a linear narrative with little to do with puzzles or
problem solving. Not that "Photograph" lacks any puzzles, as it does have
at least one point where you can get stuck if you don't figure out the
right thing to do (i.e. at the store).
I see IF of this type (heavy on "fiction", light on "interactive") as a
method of drawing the reader/player more into the story than you can with
traditional "static" fiction. In this regard, I thought "Photograph"
succeeded very well. We are presented with a sad tale of regret through
flashback episodes that are triggered by various stimuli encountered
throughout the game. I found it particularly touching and poignant, and
even now I experience a touch of melancholy when I think back on its tale
of lost love and "What if?" (No pun intended.) The ending is rather
bittersweet, and definitely leaves you thinking. Though this type of IF
is not really my cup of tea, "Photograph" did manage to touch me, which I
imagine was the author's intent all along. If so, a job well done.
(View this game on Baf's Guide to IF or The IF Ratings Site)