Viewfinder is a kind of video games that is sort of not possible to explain in phrases. Right here we go: it is a puzzle game where you possibly can take pictures of the world round you, after which delay these pictures and… type of… place them on the earth, so the 2D picture they show turns into a brand new 3D object within the house? Look, I instructed you it was not possible—simply watch this mind-bending trailer as an alternative.

The impact Viewfinder pulls off is like some unimaginable videogame magic trick, and it delights me afresh each time I see it—and, it seems, it is much more superb once you’re controlling it. Lastly, for Steam’s Puzzle Fest, developer Unhappy Owl Studios has launched a free demo to attempt, and although it is a quick slice, it is an actual journey.

In simply 20 minutes, Viewfinder exhibits off a mouth-watering quantity of creativity. Messing about with the reality-warping digicam is enthralling sufficient, however moments like a sequence where you stroll via a sequence of images every in a very completely different artwork model show how a lot potential the concept has. 

And although the demo would not have a lot time to escalate the puzzle-solving, it offers you a robust style of how bizarre issues are going to get. From turning pictures the other way up earlier than putting them to make a helpful object fall into your palms, to bypassing a wall by placing a photograph of an open door on it, to creating your personal twisting paths via skinny air by putting photos of an endlessly recursive piece of stable floor.

(Picture credit score: Unhappy Owl Studios)

The potential for intricate puzzle design feels infinite, however on the similar time I really feel like I would have enjoyable even when all it seems to be is a sequence of maps I can futz round in. When you get your palms on the digicam to make use of freely, it feels just like the game ought to instantly break—however it works seamlessly it doesn’t matter what pictures you are taking and where you place them. Like I say: it is magic. 

Everybody wants to take a look at this demo, if solely simply to see the mechanic in motion. Do not wait—it is solely accessible till the top of Steam Puzzle Fest on Might 1st. And why not decide your self up a deal when you’re there, too? 

(Picture credit score: Unhappy Owl Studios)