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[Beyond PlayStation] Passpartout: The Starving Artist Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Passpartout: The Starving Artist Review
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Passpartout: The Starving Artist by Flamebait AB is available now on the Nintendo Switch! Find out more about this creative painting simulation game in our Passpartout: The Starving Artist review!


Have you ever felt the need to experience the life of an artist working on the Parisian streets, as you try to sell your paintings to the world in order to sustain your worrying addiction to wine and baguettes? Well, look no further because Passpartout: The Starving Artist from Flamebait AB will definitely scratch that itch!

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The gameplay mechanics are simple to understand. You are an artist. You paint. You sell the paintings. You repeat the cycle. But oh the joy of making those paintings! You can use the Nintendo Switch analog sticks and buttons to paint, and the HUD is very well designed for that, allowing a lot of freedom while you work on your masterpiece. But there’s a certain Je ne se quoi in just going in and painting with your fingers on the touchscreen – it brings out some of the artistic instinct from you, and you can go on and on doodling around whatever your heart envisions in that canvas.

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Of course, there would be no fun if you just could doodle your life away and call it a day. You also have to sell the paintings, and let me tell you, the business is tough! You start with limited tools and the ever criticizing view of punks, old people, hipsters and people that may have a different artistic view than you, which might become a problem as the weekend approaches and your bills start to slowly deplete your savings.


But all is not lost, as your ability is bound to be recognized by someone with a truly artistic eye, and after much work, painting, and baguettes, you can find yourself going up in the status quo of the artistic society. But what path will you follow? Depending on your paintings and the type of people they please, you can unlock different segments and endings in your playthrough, laying the foundation for some extra replay value.

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The experience of playing Passpartout: The Starving Artist sets you in some sort of trance, and you can just let yourself get carried away by, maybe even being the artist you never thought you could be. The setting, music and artistic freedom open the door to an immersive, yet entertaining and comical adventure to enjoy on your own during a quiet evening.

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Passpartout: The Starving Artist is definitely a good catch for those of you looking for a casual and relaxing experience. If you’re looking for a game to de-stress with, then this is exactly what you need. It’s not a very challenging game, and there’s no online or local multiplayer, so it’ll probably be best for the “Me Time” section of your gaming collection. If you want a quirky and charming game for the Nintendo Switch in which you take on the role of a starving artist, then this is exactly what you need!

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This Passpartout: The Starving Artist review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Flamebait.


Review Overview

Quirky and charming struggling artist painting simulator