First Person Puzzles, Platform, and Paint
Imagine your thesis at school was a really fun video game. A team of students at DigiPen did just this with Tag: The Power of Paint, picking up a Best Student Game award at the Independent Games Festival. Tag is a first-person perspective puzzle game. Portal is as well, but it’s not like there are tons of first person puzzlers out there. And Tag has a totally different mechanic to its puzzles.
You spray one of several colours of paint, but instead of the mindless vandalism (writing 420 on something in marker isn’t street art) glorified by some games, your tagging has a purpose in The Power of Paint. The different colours you spray stay on the walls ceilings, and floors, and have effects on you when you step on them. You don’t jump for instance, you lay down some green pain, which will launch you through the air when you step on it.
There are no enemies, but the moving platforms and high-speed, gravity defying activities you can pull off give it way more pace than a traditional puzzle game. There is a groovy but short soundtrack and some spraying noises to accompany your adventure. The graphics style is very simple, but dramatic and effective, with the only colour in the game being that which you spray down, or on areas that are red, green, or blue which have the same effects as the paint you lay down.
This makes for clever and thrilling puzzles as the pre-painted areas are often used in the solution, resulting in flinging your self of a roof top hundreds of feet through the air, bouncing off a green bill-board, then doing a mid air 180 to face and run up the red building at insane speed, which will launch you right over the building when you reach the roof, slamming you into a overhanging building. Aim up and spray some blue paint and you’ll stick upside down, keep spraying blue paint and you can walk to the edge, then up the side of the building to the exit.
Tag blends intelligent puzzles, exciting platforming, and wild physics seamlessly with a first person perspective. It’s a pile of fun, and you can download Tag for free.