The most innovative and exciting platformer since Fez. You’ll manipulate the world itself as you face off against dangerous monsters, crumbling architecture and perilous pitfalls, on your way to the top of the tower.
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Mixed (40 reviews) - 67% of the 40 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (960 reviews) - 73% of the 960 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 19, 2015

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About This Game

Inspired by games like Fez, Braid, and Ghosts and Goblins, Camera Obscura takes you on a quest to the top of an ancient tower in a forgotten land.

You are a lone photographer on a desperate search. You’ll attempt to summit a ruined tower – a relic of a fanatical sect trying to reach the sun. Face off against dangerous animals, crumbling architecture, and perilous pitfalls.

Camera Obscura takes the beloved platforming gameplay from the 80’s and 90’s and adds an innovative "afterimage" mechanic that allows you to clone the world around you in order to span gaps, create staircases, and freeze moving platforms in place.

As you climb the tower’s 57 stories, you’ll also use this power to crush deadly monsters between real world objects and the ones you’ve cloned yourself.

Key Features


  • Custom level editor. Make your own levels with the included editor, play them, share them with friends! No programming required, just point and click to create platforms, enemies, switches, and doors. Share packs of levels on the Steam Workshop!

  • Original soundtrack. Listen to 11 beautifully-composed tracks

  • Multiple language support, achievements, multiple endings, and more! [/list]

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2.0 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 550 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows Media Player is suggested for music
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Mostly Positive (960 reviews)
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Alumin
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Death sends you back to the start of the stage sometimes, and doesn't at other times. There's no indication of how it'll end up. I wouldn't mind it so much, but sometimes the game requires waiting for something (moving platform, an enemy), and they all move really slowly, so if you start from the beginning you need to spend a good amount of time on either nothing or an easy section before you get to the part that killed you the last four or five times. I found that the massive delay between each attempt rendered the game unplayable for me.
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Vox
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
This game has an interesting concept for a platformer that actually works well but my review is ultimately negative because the controls, especially the jumping, feel slippy/floaty. For a platform game, that is the kiss of death.
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daetante
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Great mechanic!
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Mysterynoodler
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I wanted to like this game, but it has many flaws... The platforming is broken, the picture mechanic or whatever only worked a portion of the time, the sprites look awful and the text in the game looks ripped from a Microsoft Word document...








I'd give it a 3/10
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Hypnotica420x
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
for for the first half, but some levels are just a pain in the ♥♥♥. game lost its fun factor about an hour in.
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drewdupps
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Camera Obscura is a tough and thrilling puzzle game, that is also a platformer. I reccomend this game because it is fun, mind-bending, and much like Super Mario Bros. No bugs, no glitches, and no worries. No need to worry about any consequences. I love it and I can't stop playing it! Thumbs up!
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JumpOffACliffy
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
This game is the universal standard for "I know what to do, I just can't do it." There will be many times when you know EXACTLY what you need to do, you just struggle to pass because you hit the keys at slightly the wrong time.
However, if you can see past the countless, frustrating attemps - failing on the same part on the same level - its actually a decent game. Unique concept of taking a photo of your surroundings, then using them to progress to the next obstacle.
Would recommend getting it in a bundle sale. Will give you a few hours of frustrating, but satisfying entertainment.
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ChrisP
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Camera Obscura
Developer: Anteater Games
Publisher: EQ-Games, Anteater Games
Genre: Classic style platformer

General Impression
Camera Obscura (“Dark Chamber” in Latin) is a 2D platformer that pays homage to old school 2D platformers but also tries to innovate with a pretty interesting gameplay mechanic. The game’s story revolves around the quest of photographer to climb the ruins of a tower. And the innovation comes in the manipulation of the levels themselves in a similar manner to Fez. But the afterimage effect is more than just a gimmick and it works very well with the storyline. It is not an easy game and you will be restarting levels often enough. The soundtrack is surprisingly good for a platformer and the introduction of Achievements and Trading Cards make Camera Obscura, a nice addition to any collection.

Strong Points
+ Clever gameplay mechanics.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements.

Weak Points
- Quite difficult.
- Sparse save checkpoints.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for Howl Reviews.
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Waffle Games
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
This game is soooo boring. The level designs sucks and the gameplay is so slow and tedious. Whenever you would use the "Special Feature Camera Thing" than it just bugs out and never works. Honestly ther is about no reason to ever play this game. It fails at everything it tries to be. You would only play this if like reviewing bad games. 3/10
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laur
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
I really don't understand why this game has been given so much praise. I personally cannot recommend this game ( besides if you are looking to try out new/ different types of platformer games or if you're wanting cheap steam trading cards to level up your steam account) for the following reasons:

- The 'unique' mechanic of creating temporary after-images of solid objects by flashing your camera. I find this to be interesting as i've never played a game with this sort of system before however as it's you're only skill and there's no way to boost yourself during levels or even the game game it gets dull and repetative fast. Despite the mechanic being unique and different the game doesn't really offer much else

- Controls are floaty. they don't work as they should and when they do they also start to vary which becomes frustrating.
Most of the difficulty comes from the fact that controls are imprecise. Making it more frustating than difficult anyway.
- Puzzles are dull. By this I mean they can all be beaten in basically the exact same way which gets very boring after about half an hour or so
- There is rarely any checkpoints in higher levels where the level is considerably longer, messing up on a long jump section, or killed by a slime at the end of it? Repeat from the beginning or if you misclick one of the controlls you fall through the level and usually have to start again too.
- the music is average but also gets annoying after a period of time
- the graphics aren't anything special, it doens't look amazing and more like a 2001 game, pretty simple and basic.

4/10



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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Camera Obscura
Developer: Anteater Games
Publisher: EQ-Games, Anteater Games
Genre: Classic style platformer

General Impression
Camera Obscura (“Dark Chamber” in Latin) is a 2D platformer that pays homage to old school 2D platformers but also tries to innovate with a pretty interesting gameplay mechanic. The game’s story revolves around the quest of photographer to climb the ruins of a tower. And the innovation comes in the manipulation of the levels themselves in a similar manner to Fez. But the afterimage effect is more than just a gimmick and it works very well with the storyline. It is not an easy game and you will be restarting levels often enough. The soundtrack is surprisingly good for a platformer and the introduction of Achievements and Trading Cards make Camera Obscura, a nice addition to any collection.

Strong Points
+ Clever gameplay mechanics.
+ Steam Trading Cards & Achievements.

Weak Points
- Quite difficult.
- Sparse save checkpoints.

Rating 7/10

This review was submitted for Howl Reviews.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I really don't understand why this game has been given so much praise. I personally cannot recommend this game ( besides if you are looking to try out new/ different types of platformer games or if you're wanting cheap steam trading cards to level up your steam account) for the following reasons:

- The 'unique' mechanic of creating temporary after-images of solid objects by flashing your camera. I find this to be interesting as i've never played a game with this sort of system before however as it's you're only skill and there's no way to boost yourself during levels or even the game game it gets dull and repetative fast. Despite the mechanic being unique and different the game doesn't really offer much else

- Controls are floaty. they don't work as they should and when they do they also start to vary which becomes frustrating.
Most of the difficulty comes from the fact that controls are imprecise. Making it more frustating than difficult anyway.
- Puzzles are dull. By this I mean they can all be beaten in basically the exact same way which gets very boring after about half an hour or so
- There is rarely any checkpoints in higher levels where the level is considerably longer, messing up on a long jump section, or killed by a slime at the end of it? Repeat from the beginning or if you misclick one of the controlls you fall through the level and usually have to start again too.
- the music is average but also gets annoying after a period of time
- the graphics aren't anything special, it doens't look amazing and more like a 2001 game, pretty simple and basic.

4/10



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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
This game is the universal standard for "I know what to do, I just can't do it." There will be many times when you know EXACTLY what you need to do, you just struggle to pass because you hit the keys at slightly the wrong time.
However, if you can see past the countless, frustrating attemps - failing on the same part on the same level - its actually a decent game. Unique concept of taking a photo of your surroundings, then using them to progress to the next obstacle.
Would recommend getting it in a bundle sale. Will give you a few hours of frustrating, but satisfying entertainment.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This is an awesome and thoughtful platformer, but keep in mind that a lot of it's substance is story. This game has cards with bits of text throughout the levels that either give some background on the setting, monsters, or the character, and it's really intriguing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
very entertaining and original . lots of fun and difficult in some spots
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
for for the first half, but some levels are just a pain in the ♥♥♥. game lost its fun factor about an hour in.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I wanted to like this game, but it has many flaws... The platforming is broken, the picture mechanic or whatever only worked a portion of the time, the sprites look awful and the text in the game looks ripped from a Microsoft Word document...








I'd give it a 3/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This game has an interesting concept for a platformer that actually works well but my review is ultimately negative because the controls, especially the jumping, feel slippy/floaty. For a platform game, that is the kiss of death.
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63 of 68 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
Finally finished the game! This game is definitely very unique and really put in an amazing effort to incorporate puzzle and platformer to a new level. The game's difficulty had a pretty good progression and did really great job to make players think for themselves and find out themselves how to go to the next level - which, by the way, is very satisfying when you did figure it out.

The most fun parts are where there are more than one way to solve the majority of the puzzles. There are some where you can pretty much just solve it one way; however, these are essential "skills" (in terms of knowledge / know-how) that you would be using later on. It's very satisfying figuring out how to do it and then being able to use them on the levels later on.

This game also has a HIGH replay value! If you just initially went for the next level, you might want to tackle the game a bit differently the next time you try the same level by exploring more around the levels and finding mementos (sort of pretty much like item collection) which reveal more about the setting/situation. There are also medals where you can try to use the least amount of times you must use your ability(camera) which makes you view the game on more of a "thinking/puzzle" level. And lastly of course, there's also the finish the level as fast as possible medals. I can TOTALLY see this as a great game for Speed Runs.

Not to mention! They also have a level editor. So... you finished the game? Time to bust out some of what you've learned from just finishing the game and make your own level! Not very many games I know has this kind of feature that's something I would think only the developers would have and not share to people.

Highly recommended and worth the money.

Try it out! It's one of those games that I'd say: "yeah, that was pretty unique and fun." It just hits the right amount of satisfaction for platformers and puzzle solvers alike.
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
This game is a great experience. Utilizing a fascinating mechanic of taking a 'snapshot' of your surroundings to solve each level, it proves that simplicity is often the most effective. As you climb the tower more and more of the story is revealed to you and drives you to discover more.
As the levels mount in difficulty you need to take everything the game has taught you thus far into account. The puzzles are lovely to look at and challenging, with wonderful music following you as you go. It is a great feeling when you finally crack the secret of each level.
Definitely worth 7.79! Have fun!!
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