Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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The Polaroid

by dissonent - Jam Entry

Inside a mysterious room with no door, you seek a way to get out. A set of polaroid photos on the wall hint at the story of this room's past. With only an old polaroid camera in hand, you must solve the puzzle of each photo to escape.

The Polaroid is a puzzle game that connects the past and present through a supernatural take on the polaroid-within-a-polaroid fad.

WASD - Move
Mouse - Look around and interact with surroundings
1 - Show polaroid photo
2 - Use polaroid camera

Play at your own pace and enjoy the game. We'd appreciate any feedback you have.
The old-school is the new-school.

Downloads and Links


michaeleeli says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:52am

Actually am very impressed of how the game turned out!

Findor says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:46pm

Interesting game, it reminds me Life is Strange a bit. Beautifull graphic, one of the best of 3D this LD36. I took only one photo, the next one didn't fit. I was trying so hard to go further, but I got angry. i'm unpacient xD

tmpxyz says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:17am

really beautiful game,

Maybe I really suck at puzzle game, but I really have no idea how to match the photo with the scene at the first photo.

dissonent says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:18am

You have to hold the photo up and take the picture, like in the example photo. If you fail, there are clues in the scene to help you out.

Aerohand says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:20am

How can I put the box on the bed? It always falls down on the border...
Nice graphics and music btw!

tmpxyz says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 10:22am

@dissonent, Yeah, I tried, but I cannot find the box in the photo. And I've tried many times to match it like in the example photo.

Could you make a gif showing how to do that?

JK5000 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:16pm

A very unique, relaxed and fun game. The music and graphics is great and fits the game very well. I would have liked some more story, but can perhaps com in a letter version. Congratulations on making a super great game.

JK5000 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:18pm

@tmpxyz spoiler the box comes when you take the picture.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 4:10pm

A good idea. And a pretty aesthetic. Well done ++

dissonent says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 6:47pm

@tmpxyz : what @JK5000 said is right. Objects you do need for the photo will show up in white silhouettes if you placed them wrong. Objects you don't particularly need for the photo won't have a silhouette when you take the photo. Sometimes, objects you think you need, may appear after the photo.

WERT Studio says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 8:50pm

cool idea also like the artstyle. overall well done

gonutz says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:03pm

Nice puzzle game. Well executed and intuitively playable.
I find the music a little annoying after some time, though ;)

gonutz says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:08pm

I am sorry, this last post was meant for another game, I just played yours.

The atmosphere is nice, but I personally find the idea a little boring. But the game is very well executed and the music is nice, too.

gassasin says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:43pm

Very nice game i realy enjoy playing ! I love the mechanic music graphics and ui!!

blinry says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 10:00pm

Cute, well done! Interesting interpretation of the theme! I found it too easy that the objects appeared in ghost form when placed wrong. Mouse movement was way too fast, walking speed too slow. The game didn't keep me interested for very long.

tmpxyz says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 2:20am

@dissonent I got it. I always put the photo off before taking out camera. So silly of me.

mitya1234 says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 10:36am

Nice game with the great idea. But i couldn't find all the stuff on the photo.

volando says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:23pm

Very nice one, I wasn't able to fit the pic. But loved the idea to take a pic of a pic

AlexLamarche says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 4:22pm

Very beautiful. Gave me a Life is Strange vibe.

Mottafier says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 2:59pm

Difficult, but very nice artistically, and the music fit very well. I particularly like the work put into small details, like the items in the shelf. A job well done!

cakeknuckles says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 4:48pm

i really enjoyed this! the atmosphere was very chill, and the puzzle elements took a second to grasp, but then there was that bit of an "aha!" moment where all the pieces came together. it had a beautiful visual style, and came off as very stylish and polished. awesome job!

Ebriosus says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 12:25am

This was a neat game!

I loved the atmosphere - that nostalgic-like feeling coupled with that soothing music was a nice touch.

I didn't understand what to do at the beginning, lol. I thought I just had to take a photo that looked close to the one I'm holding, which didn't do anything, until I held up the photo matching part of the scene and then snapping. The third photo confused me a bit, because of the placement of the window.

Great game though!

blubberquark says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 12:33pm

Kind of hard to understand without reading the comments

Molpe says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 1:59pm

I really enjoyed this game! Great idea, nice graphics and music, I actually like that you get hints when you get it wrong, and the help isn't there forever x)

I've made let's play video, if you want to check it out ^^

darthbox1 says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 10:44pm

This is really cool. I have to admit I didn't get far though. Will try again!

Sep 8, 2016 @ 6:20pm

Really cool game! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :)

Sep 11, 2016 @ 4:20pm

Both Matt and myself individually selected this one for me to play which was a good start in itself. Visually gorgeous, calming music, and a really interesting mechanic.

As I said in stream (which you can watch here: ) once I realized stuff was appearing, I started to get a little... freaked out in a way. It would make a brilliant psychological horror game.

Oct 28, 2016 @ 4:42pm

I also included your game in an article of my favorites! :)
Sadly, I couldnt award your profile an award as you have not posted on this site before so your profile is not public. When it becomes public, please email me so I can give you your trophy!

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