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You need to play this BAFTA-winning photography game ASAP

Third-person (photo) shooter.

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Sometimes you just need to go for a walk, pet a few dogs, and take a few nature photos to clear your head. There’s only one problem

That means you have to go outside.

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Or you could stay in and play Toem, named Best Debut Game at the 2022 BAFTAs.

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Toem is a game about adventure, but not in the dragon-slaying, tomb-raiding sense.

It focuses on the cozy adventure of exploring new places and lending a hand wherever you’re able.

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Most of Toem’s puzzles are based around photography. Across multiple diorama locations, ranging from a forest to the big city, folks will ask you to solve problems using your camera.

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That might mean photographing a certain animal or taking on assignment for a J. Jonah Jameson-esque newspaper editor.

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Toem is full of colorful characters in need of help. Though you’ll only talk to most one or two times, their clever dialogue and cartoony designs help make even your brief interactions memorable.

Some requests stretch the photography angle to its limits, challenging you to act as a spotter for a lighthouse keeper or use a horn attachment (essential for any photographer) to scare a flock of seagulls.

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Completing these challenges usually rewards you with a special stamp. Collect enough and you can move on to the game’s next area.

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Sometimes you’ll also get a fancy new accessory for your troubles, anything from a noisy pair of clogs to a giant foam finger.

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Most of the time, they’re just there to let you dress as an adorable doofus, but more esoteric pieces of gear can unlock challenges or give you access to new areas.

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For the completionists out there, Toem has a huge compendium to collect pictures of all its various animals, characters, and notable sights.

Even if you’re not looking to fill out a collection, there are enough strange goings-on and gorgeous black-and-white vistas to make just wandering around and absent-mindedly snapping photos a treat.

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If you’re looking for a game tailor-made to help you unwind (and who wouldn’t be?), the photographic journey in Toem is the ideal place to start.

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