Passpartout: The Starving Artist
For me Passpartout: The Starving Artist is a game that came out of nowhere, but completely won me over. This is a Steam Greenlight success story and it is one of those games where you can easily waste an hour or two after a hard day at work. If you like messing around in MS Paint, this is kind of like someone made a game out of that!
Welcome To Paris
Ah, Paris, the city of wine, love, baguettes, Disneyland and of course fine art. It is home to the most famous art museum in the world of course. Well, do not get too ahead of yourself as you could not be any further from making art that will appear in The Louvre. However, if you pay your dues, work hard and do not make your customers mad or fall victim to your wine addiction, you could be one of the finest artists the city has ever seen.
The idea of playing as a starving artist is quite interesting. The game has a great sense of humor and most of this is realized when you are talking to your clients. For the most part, they are jerks, but they are also pretty funny. You do get a lot of repeat lines, but still, it is hard not to smile.
My Art Is My Passion!
The “gameplay” of the game is about you trying to get by as an artist. You have to pay rent, supplies and of course, get wine. However, to do things like this you need to create art and then sell it. The actual art creation tools are rather basic, but that is the point. You have to actually try, you just screw around and make a mess, your painting will not sell!
Sometimes, changing the name of your painting can help it sell other times you have to just say you messed up and throw it in the trash. Passpartout: The Starving Artist sees you want to move beyond being a starving artist who only deals with jerk clients and who lives in a rundown apartment to something more. This aspect of the game I feel could have been done just a tad better as the progression is not as much as I personally would have liked.
MS Paint Master
The actual painting aspect of the game is very easy to get the hang of. I am not sure anyone is going to be creating masterpieces here. However, if you have used MS Paint, you will have a decent enough idea of what to expect here. While the painting mechanics are very easy to get the hang of. You have to be careful as there is no “undo” button. So, if you make a mistake, tough luck! Also, there is no way to zoom in so you can add in finer details. Still, making a “work of art” is fun and there is just something very addictive about it.
I was very pleased with my time with Passpartout: The Starving Artist. It is the kind of game that normally I would not have given a second look to, but it has become a go-to game when I need to unwind. It is a very relaxing and fun experience and one of the games that has surprised me most the last couple of years.
- The Paris setting has a lot of charm
- The clients are jerks, but I love them
- Making art is very addictive
- The game is easy to get into
- I love the overall style that it has
- I wish there was a tad more progression
- You cannot undo a mistake
Download Passpartout: The Starving Artist
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP