We can all agree that 2016 was a disaster of a year and so far 2017 is not looking that good. Not even a full month into 2017, and we already have the cancellation of Scalebound. Microsoft scrapped one of the most anticipated games of 2017.
AAA titles have been a constant disappointment (with a few exceptions) ever since the dawn of the new console generation. Delays, cancellations, and mediocre releases have plagued the gaming industry. However, in the midst of all this, we really witnessed the rise of indie developers. We got to see just how talented they are as soon as we started paying more attention to their work.
Since AAA wasn’t working that well, indies stepped up to the plate and brought us some of the best experiences. One particular project caught my eye a couple of years ago when it went up on Kickstarter. Sandy Sailor Games is working on a beautiful atmospheric puzzle game set-up in a communist dystopian era.
It is Limbo with robots and each level offers a different and complex challenge. The title is still in early access, so on PC there are a number of issues, especially on the Linux side. However, overall, Black The Fall is an immersive experience that fans should look forward to in 2017.
You instantly fall in love Black The Fall’s black N white aesthetic and hauntingly depressing tone. Black The Fall is a remarkable representation of a torn-down world. Its beautiful art-style combined with simple yet addictive gameplay makes it a worthwhile experience.
Playing as Black, your goal is to fight against the oppressive system after escaping the factory during the first level. Your character grows and you learn more about the dystopian world as you progress through the game. The Natives and Machines that roam around the world are not only intimidating but feel threatening.
You are forced to think before you make your next move and pay attention to your surroundings in order to complete puzzles. There is something really haunting about exploring this gloomy and unwelcoming setting.
Black The Fall lets players go through the levels using stealth but it is easier said than done. The game features a reputation system that will affect NPC behavior but in the demo we aren’t able to properly get a feel for it to see how it affects NPCs in the later part of the game.
You will often find yourself blasting through enemies, yes, the game gives you that option. You have weapons, both big and small, that will help you take on tougher enemies.
Bottom line is that Black The Fall is fun and that’s all we need in a game. Something that is fun to play and keeps you interesting throughout, if that is what you want then Black the Fall is for you.
It is safe to say that Black The Fall has the potential of becoming the next indie blockbuster.