Shutter Stroll, a walking sim about taking nice photographs across hundreds of generated islands is a pretty sweet experience for when you want to properly relax.
There's no goal, no timers and not much else. It's a small game about slowing down, taking things in and just appreciating a bit of beauty. With you starting off in a little boat, camera in hand, you set off to find the perfect shot. Once you find a spot you bring up your camera, switch between different filters by pressing F and take your snap. Then it's back to your boat to pick some coordinates and explore somewhere else.
Here's a few snaps, click to enlarge the thumbnails because they're high resolution shots. Having the coordinates of the island generation on the pictures is a nice touch too.
This is one of my favourites I jokingly like to call the lonely island, because hilariously that's all there was to it apart from a few rocks. Still, it was quite a beautiful little sight to see.
I love small experimental experiences like this, because they're such anti-games compared with all the big noisy AAA powerhouse releases and show how even tiny titles like this can be enjoyable. Sounds like the developer isn't finished with it either, as they're planning to expand it.
Not just the sweet idea and the very colourful islands that captured my interest though, it's the funding model. The game costs $5 on itch.io but every purchase unlocks a free copy for someone else to claim. The developer said these 'community copies' are intended for 'marginalized people and those who are experiencing financial hardships'—I really love seeing things like this in the industry and it's great that the itch store allows such things. Part of what makes itch a wonderful little store.
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