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Toem PS Plus Review

Toem is an adventure game where you are utilizing your camera to take pictures and solve various puzzles and is available this month for PS Plus Essentials. I’ve always liked this concept of using your camera as a gameplay mechanic even all the way back to Pokemon Snap. In Toem you’re not really having any sort of violent encounters though this is a really peaceful, enjoyable relaxing experience that I had a blast playing. In Toem you play as a cute little photographer whose main goal is to go around to different areas and well to help people by utilizing their camera in different ways.

Advancing from level to level is easy enough all you have to do is collect a set number of stamps but each of these areas also has bonus stamps that you can collect usually around 15 or so on a given map. In total you have about 64 stamps to try to collect throughout the game and there are 54 creatures for you to find as well and photograph. It’s not all necessary to complete the game but it is an option if you want to go for 100 percent.

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The quests that you receive in Toem can seem a little bit overwhelming at first but you do have a log book that keeps track of everything so you won’t feel like you’re too overwhelmed. A lot of these quests are charming and fun for example you might have to find a stranger hidden across the world and he’s usually in a tricky spot, you’ll need to photograph him and then show him to the right character in order to get a stamp for that.

There’s a character that’s worried about his spot on the beach, there’s another character that’s afraid of a giant fish, and lots of cute quests and the ways that you use your camera are pretty interesting. Controlling Toem is no problem whatsoever most of the intractable points are easily labeled, you just push a button in order to talk to characters and gain new quests.

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You have that quest log book that keeps track of everything and then you have your camera which you can zoom in and out with you can flip it around to take a selfie of yourself that also leans into some of the puzzles. Generally speaking, I found that the puzzle design was well executed and I also liked how you could zoom in and out on the screen itself and really get a good view of everything.

There are a ton of cute little accessories that you’ll be able to equip for your character as well as hats that will allow you to access areas that you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. The game is just really cute, that’s the best way to sum it up, easy to play, and adorable but enjoyable. Some really great writing here to go along with an interesting visual presentation as the game is entirely in black and white which I think is kind of a unique decision.

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I could have seen some color in this one, to be honest, you’re taking so many photographs that I really think it would have been nice to have these vibrant photos instead of this constant black and white aesthetic. I don’t mind it I actually think the game looks pretty cool but I do find it a little bit of a strange decision just based on the way this game plays. Despite the lack of color the game still does ooze a lot of personality in the whimsical characters that you’ll come across.

The different settings are really well designed and again I love how you could rotate around these areas it’s wonderful to see all of the work that went into each section of the game and all the different areas that you explore. I think they’ve done a good job visually here despite the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the black and white as much as perhaps some other people might be but I also think the sound design of the game is really great.

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You actually have the option to switch between tracks at your own free will as you unlock more and more of them, they’re all peaceful, cozy, and relaxing as you might expect. Very relaxing game in general so it makes sense that the soundtrack would be similar. For the sake of not ruining too much of the Toem experience I’m not going to go into too much more detail but I think part of the fun of this game is the joy of discovery in solving these puzzles yourself with the camera.

I really enjoyed the chilled vibe of Toem and I like the gameplay, the writing is a lot of fun and it’s a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. One could question the lack of color I do think that the writing is strong, the gameplay is easy enough for anyone to enjoy and the soundtrack was wonderful with some nice sound effects to accompany everything and make it a cute experience as well. If you like puzzles that won’t stress you al or tick you off too much and you really like photography definitely check out Toem.

Toem will be available to PlayStation Plus Essential members until Monday, October 3.

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I really enjoyed the chilled vibe and gameplay of Toem, the writing is a lot of fun and it's a game that doesn't take itself too seriously. One could question the lack of color but I do think that the writing is strong, the gameplay is easy enough for anyone to enjoy and the soundtrack was wonderful with some nice sound effects to accompany everything and make it a charming experience.

8.5
Gameplay:
8.5
Graphics:
8
Soundtrack:
9

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