Crafting is a far-reaching mechanic found in most video games today, allowing players to shape their own experience in an otherwise rigid game environment. But what about games that let you craft – quite literally? From virtual knitting to a potter’s wheel for your smartphone, here are four video games putting a digital spin on our favourite kinds of craft experiences.
As video game graphics continue to reach dizzying new heights, Lumino City is bucking the photorealist trend: everything you see onscreen was made using paper, cardboard and glue. A sumptuous puzzle adventure, Lumino City picks up where its prequel Lume left off as protagonist Lumi is thrust into a hunt for her grandfather after his dramatic kidnapping. State of Play collaborated with architects, fine artists, prop makers and animators to execute the finished game, bringing its charming papercraft world to life with miniature lights and motors. The handmade game has deservedly earned plaudits from gamers and critics alike, even picking up a BAFTA for Artistic Achievement along the way.