After decades of toil, an old machinist plots his escape from Communism, through manipulation and scheming. Along the road, he befriends the most unlikely creature, an abandoned robot. Could they solve the puzzles and flee this bleak world together?
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The game, like "Inside", is a 2 and a half-dimensional (Side-Scroller) puzzle title, which has exactly the same pattern of monochrome atmosphere as Inside. From the very first moments, you get control of an anonymous protagonist who, along with a robot, is trying to get rid of a seemingly communist world. The game world has many indications of a communist regime, and in the induction of the atmosphere, it has done its job at an acceptable level. The game world is exactly the same as what a person from a communist regime can expect, dark and dormant, but unnoticeable. Though its atmosphere is beautiful and dark, nothing makes you want to see the dark secrets of the game and force you to think about them. Although the game does not do much in terms of story, narration, and design, and it's more likely to be a player's disappointment, but due to its good puzzles and gameplay elements, it should be favored. In the multi-hour experience after solving the various riddles, eventually at the end you encounter an ending which in the last moments gives the game a meaning and makes player think! But alas, this reflection and meaning is coming too late!
It's hard not to compare Black the Fall with a similar game released last year titled Inside. It's almost identical in terms of presentation and overall mood and while the setting is a bit different you feel like you are playing a DLC for the game. Overall it's a very interesting experience, sadly it just lacks some originality but nevertheless, it's worth checking it out.
The artistic style of Black the Fall is very similar to Inside, but this game focuses more on puzzles and not so much on the narrative. In spite of this, the game has been quite interesting, with some excellent puzzles. The player is a worker in the glorious communist regime (insprired by the real life one in Romania during the second half of the 20th century) day and night, always pedaling for the glory of the communist government, until the day he decides to revolt thanks to capitalist thoughts, thus beginning a revolution which ends with the fall of the communist paradise and starts the hell of civil rights, labor, purchasing power and other horrible things. Jokes aside, this is a very good title, the environment is beautiful, the puzzles are smart with solutions that require both intelligence and reflexes. After so many games with easy puzzles, it is good to see a game that game that requires the player to think careully before acting. I recommend trying it, but be aware that it is not very long
Black The Fall is heavily inspired by Inside - the graphics, art direction and sound speak for itself. It looks and sounds amazing, but what hurts it is that, basically, it is Inside rip-off. Even story and gameplay are identical - while I have nothing against games inspired by another, there is a difference between inspiration and straight rip-off. The game gets different something like 1/3rd/halfway through, when you leave factory, then it starts having it's own identity with unique gameplay mechanics. Even though I didn't like Inside much, I really liked this game, mostly because of its art direction. The only bad thing about it are the uneven puzzles - some of them are incredibly easy, other can get pretty difficult and cryptic. The game can take up to 8 hours, which is a nice step up over Inside, which was more like a demo. Overall, solid game really worth checking out. If you loved Inside, you will fall in love with this one as well. If you didn't, you should give this one a try, because it feels and plays better.
Black The Fall is an atmospheric side scroller and puzzle game where your silent protagonist attempts to escape from an oppressive government. The way the game is played and the art style can seem similar to titles like Inside but I found this game to have better puzzle design with less trial and error moments, there are moments of brighter backgrounds in certain areas, and while the game is played as a side scroller the environment can turn and shift as your character doesn't always walk on a straight left or right path. Frequent sections have you attempting to blend in with other people still being forced to work under those you are escaping from and certain moments have you taking advantage of them or leaving them behind in your attempt to escape. You might have to sneak by enemies, get on machines to act like you are working, make use of the environment to kill enemies, avoid lights that will detect you and lead to you getting shot, etc. It's not a long game but for the setting and fairly low price it is worth a look.
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