Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist review – Finding yourself in your art

Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist is a journey of creativity. Read our review of Passpartout 2 today.
Passpartout 2 Burger
Screengrab via Flamebait Games

From the first time you pick up a drawing utensil, you’ll have people telling you how hard it is to make it in the art world. This applies to all creative passions, but no market has a bigger reputation for being hard to please than the critics who judge art. Look at this review, for instance, as it will hardly encapsulate the excitement and creativity that come from exploring Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist‘s world.

Update (April 4th, 2023): A previous version of this review brought attention to a bug involving a pen, which was done in error. An update has also been pushed to address the strange static textures appearing over custom art in the world.

In many ways, Passpartout 2 is a natural successor to the first game by Flamebait Games, which followed a young French artist of the same name and his rise to fame through the art world. After finally achieving his life’s dream, the second game deals with the natural repercussions and the negative consequences that can come from that. It feels very natural and provides a great setting for the unfolding adventure.

As players explore the quaint town of Phénix and all its neighborhoods, they’ll understand the importance of art and how even small contributions can add a bit of color to the world.

An evolved adventure for aspiring artists

Greendale Flag Passpartout 2
Screengrab via Flamebait Games

At the start of Passpartout 2, players are introduced to the titular character as he sits alone in his home, burning canvas wrapped in newspaper to keep warm. After a beat, there’s a knock at the door and Passpartout is immediately evicted, with any remaining personal belongings locked into the house behind him. As he’s carried by ship to the art-starved city of Phénix, his status and journey are very much reset.

Starting with nothing but the clothes on his back, Passpartout must rely on the help of an old friend and then his own skills to build his reputation. After years of seemingly no inspiration to paint anything, the artist had fallen out of favor with the art community. Much of the gameplay is about the player rebuilding Passpartout’s reputation by painting everything from new masterpieces to birthday cards and billboards.

Like the first game, there are different groups around the island that you’ll need to impress if you want your creations to succeed. As your reputation grows, you’ll unlock more opportunities to help members of the community with their different requests. There are a lot of different things that players will need to create, and each one is as fun to do as the last.

Passpartout 2 Cool Guy
Screengrab via Flamebait Games

While this is a huge gameplay improvement that breaks up the repetitiveness of using canvas in the first game, the real star of the show is the ability to paint and sell your art anywhere. In Passpartout 2, players are given free roam of the city, with certain areas being locked by prerequisites like money or how many tools they’ve bought.

Much of the gameplay, outside of selling regular paintings, is fulfilling the requests of the different townspeople, with some requests being more complicated than others. None of them feel repetitive though, with the results of the quests seeming to vary depending on the amount of effort you put into each piece. It never felt like the game judges you based on skill, but on the use of color and time spent.

Speaking of, Passpartout 2 will only be as long as players spend working on each creation. Realistically, though, the game should last most players over 10 hours, with the replayability being virtually limitless. That being said, seeing how your skills progress over the course of the game is worth the price of admission alone. The more tools and different opportunities you unlock, the more creative you feel.

Art can only come from trials

Passpartout 2 Bag Of Money
Screengrab via Flamebait Games

That doesn’t mean everything is smooth sailing though, as there are a number of visual bugs that you hate to see in an art game. It seems that anytime there are small recreations of your art in the game, be they posters or a restaurant advertisement, there seems to be visual static that appears over the image that can limit their ability to be seen. This isn’t all your art and only seems to apply to specific pieces.

There are a variety of other tools that the player will unlock throughout the game, with some of the more expensive even being inspired by some of history’s greatest visual artists. While a plain brush is fine, you can really feel your options expand once you get access to more tools. The same applies to colors, with players able to mix new palettes when they unlock their studio.

Passpartout 2 Mermaid
Screengrab via Flamebait Games

While the options you have are good, seeing them grow will only provide you with more creative opportunities. So many that it can be hard to keep track of them, but Passpartout 2 doesn’t have a quest screen or anything else that would help you keep track of what you’ve agreed to do. This makes coming back after a day or longer a little confusing as you try to remember your tasks or talk to every resident.

These issues don’t greatly affect the player’s experience, but they’re simple things that would greatly improve the game. Missing tools or anything else that’s part of the game is a major issue and should be resolved as soon as possible. Flamebait has been receptive to bug reports so far, so hopefully the developer is able to fix these issues.

Revolt Posters Passpartout 2
Screengrab via Flamebait Games

The Final Word

Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist is the natural evolution of the first game, introducing players to a new location filled with quirky townspeople with varying tastes. Throughout the game, players will come to understand their own creativity as they approach each new opportunity. While there are issues Flamebait needs to overcome, the final product is something that amateur and professional artists alike can enjoy.

8.5

Try Hard Guides was provided with a PC review copy of this game. Find more detailed looks at popular and upcoming titles in the Game Reviews section of our website! Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist is available on Steam.

Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison is a writer and gamer, the latter he's been doing for the last two decades. When not working, he enjoys streaming the latest show or spending time with his family and friends. Contact: Christian@tryhardguides.com

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