Toem is a hand-drawn adventure game in which you meet strange people and solve their problems by taking photos. It’s got A Short Hike vibes, we named it one of the best games of E3, and Lauren dug its demo a lot.
Now it’s got a release date, September 17th, and a new trailer below.
I am thoroughly onboard with games that borrow the aesthetics of Nintendo but which are bent in some new interactive direction. Toem has wrbl-wrbl voices, and wobbly onscreen text, and pipes you jump into, and tunnelling screen transitions, and a happy cast of oddballs to help. It looks light and charming and fun – and then, the photography adds its own flavour to things.
It also sounds like it’s a todo-list game of the sort I was writing about last week. A game where everyone wants a favour – normally a photo of something – and you either know immediately where to go to take that photo, or you file it away as a thing to look out for on your travels. In either case, it’s relaxed and moreish and I bet I’ll be up late doing just-one-more-favour for a balloon.