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Snapshot brings photo-based puzzle platforming to PS3 and Vita

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PlayStation Network release of Snapshot announced for PS3 and PS Vita.

Independent Games Festival award nominee Snapshot will come to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita later this year, developer Retro Affect announced today. The photo snapping puzzle platformer will take advantage of cross platform play, letting players share saves between their PS3 and Vita.

Snapshot gives players control of a robot named Pic who, with the help of a fancy camera, can take pictures of objects and the environment, capturing them and moving them elsewhere on a level to solve puzzles. Players can snap pictures of out of reach items to bring them closer or tilt pictures to use gravity and momentum to toss objects.

This new gameplay video posted to the PlayStation Blog today should help better expose Snapshot's clever gameplay possibilities.

Snapshot was nominated for an IGF award for "Excellence in Design" in 2009, but was bested by Musaic Box.

Retro Affect plans to release Snapshot this fall via Sony's PlayStation Network. A release for PC on Steam and from the developer's own web site is also coming "in the next few months or so." Versions for Mac OS X and Linux are also planned.