When people think of games today, they think of those that employ 3D or motion capture as visuals. Of course, there are other games that are inspired by traditional forms of art such as Okami with its Japanese art style. However, one game creator has taken the bold risk of painting an entire game by hand. It has taken Pat Naoum seven years to create The Master’s Pupil.
The Master’s Pupil is a puzzle-adventure game that is fully hand-painted. It is set in the eyes of 19th-century impressionist painter Claude Monet. During its development phase, Naoum received a grant from Screen Australia. This allowed him to dedicate all his time to completing it. Naoum used acrylic paints to paint every background and element on paper and then scanned them with a high-resolution film negative scanner.
In the eyes of Monet
The Master’s Pupil offers a different experience than other digital games. Rather than being rendered by digital tools, it is artistically crafted by hand, which adds depth and texture to the graphics. Additionally, the emotional storyline, soundscapes, and music add depth for the player to be immersed in the world through Monet’s eyes.
This single-player game allows the players to experience a unique adventure as they explore how Monet sees the world. The Master’s Pupil attempts to give the player a view of Monet’s story through his eyes. Here, the player sees the different challenges Monet faced, such as the grief of losing his wife and struggles with having cataracts that threatened to impair his vision.
The game will test your skills and perseverance as you solve the 12-level adventure puzzles and complete some of Monet’s greatest artwork. Throughout The Master’s Pupil, players face challenges that get progressively harder with mind-boggling puzzles. These involve a mix of colors, physics, and space. The game is currently available on Nintendo Switch and Steam for $14.99. If you want to try it out for yourself first, the game’s demo is also available via Discord.
YouTube: The Master’s Pupil – coming 28 July
Photo credits: The images used are owned by Pat Naoum Games and have been provided for press usage.
Source: Screen Australia