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Freedom Through A Lens is a photography exploration game. Created by @nicstaracek and @FeenikxFire for #ResistJam, abiding to the Freedom of Press diversifier, in that the game showcases press and journalism through game play.

The developers are grateful to have had the opportunity to create this game through #ResistJam and thanks all of the jam and game's supporters!

Freedom Through A Lens could not have been made without the outstanding effort and work of these talented developers and artists:

Nicholas Staracek - Game Design & Writing Website

Nic Lyness Design & Programming - Website

Zoe Lovatt - Graphic Design & Characters - Website

Game Credits:

Nicholas Staracek - Game Design & Writing Website

Nic Lyness Design & Programming - Website

Zoe Lovatt Graphic Design & Characters Website

Additional Credits:

The developers used Royalty Free assets that were sourced from TurboSquid, CGTrader, TF3DM, and these were used accordingly.

The developers would like to thank Fungus Games, While Fun Games, and Ibuprogames for other game featured assets.

The developers would like to recognize the in-game music as ODAKIAS by Ryuichi Sakamoto, used under CC BY 3.0

Freedom Through A Lens has been featured on the following media sites:

Waypoint VICE - "Picture the Surveillance State in this Game" 

New Normative: Progressive Gaming - "How public demonstrations become playable" Warpdoor - Freedom Through A Lens 

FreeGamePlanet - Freedom Through A Lens 

Jupiter Hadley - YouTuber and writer of Indie Games 

GameJamCurator - Resist Jam: Treasure Chest #20

You can read the post mortem for FTAL here, written by developer Nicholas Staracek.

Please Note: Mac OSX build had not been fully tested for functionality, it may have bugs.

PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(7 total ratings)
AuthorsNicholas Staracek, Nic Lyness
TagsFirst-Person, freedom, journalism, oil-paint, photography, protest, resistjam


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Freedom Through A Lens 52 MB
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I'm playing the mac build. I talked to the little girl to the right of where you start. After talking to her, I'm supposed to take her picture. What am I supposed to do to take her picture? I've pressed all the buttons and nothing happened. I also can't move away. All I can move is the camera.

Am I doing something wrong?

It's lovely how you were able to implement so many different stories just by putting the player in the role of a photo journalist. :) The different characters and their motivations to be at the places were interesting to explore and I also like your own art style. <3 Happily I included this game into one of our compilation articles about the ResistJam and in a showcase video, along with two other nice games. :)

Best wishes,


Have you got some future plans for it? :)

I like the game! It's just missing some of the salty elements of the protests.