Game Title: Black the Fall
Developed By: Send Sailor Studio
Published By: Send Sailor Studio
Released: December 14, 2017
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Puzzle, Platformer, Action, Adventure
ESRB Rating: Everyone for Fantasy Violence
Number of Players: 1 Player
Thank you to Sand Sailor Studio for this review copy!
Black the Fall is a game about trying to escape from your oppressors. It looks and has similar gameplay to Limbo and Inside. It is dark and has a lot of puzzles, some harder than others. It’s a tense adventure, puzzle game, that stands on its own two legs.
There is only the campaign mode that is divided into different chapters. You will start off as another drone in line, but you are able to get out and start your journey to freedom. The gameplay will consist of you moving your character and solving light puzzles. There will be a pipe with fire shooting out and you will find the knob to turn it off. Later in the game you will find an arm piece that will let you control other workers and give them orders. In later parts you will have to bounce the ray against pipes, to reach to give orders. You will jump, run, and sneak around this camp. Parts of the chapters are outside, and parts are almost in a factory setting. The game has a dark tone to it with sometimes minimal lighting. Most of the puzzles are easy to solve or do not require too much thinking. There was one puzzle where it is pitch black, and you must listen to the amount of water spurts and then run. I got stuck on this and you really must listen carefully to be able to solve it. Later, you will get a robot dog that follows you as your new sidekick. He will help you with some of the more challenging puzzles. You may die often and that is from a robot that shots you or you may fall off a ledge or get burned by steam. This is all quite alright because you will usually restart at the beginning of the last puzzle you were trying to solve. Backtracking is kept to a minimum.
The game has monochromatic look to it with lots of grays and blacks. As you explore the area you will feel oppressed. I got a sense of the environment by watching how the communists treated people, and they way you would get shot on sight. The game gives no explanation about the character or even the environment. This game tells its story visually.
On the Switch it runs pretty good. At times it felt like there may be a delay in you hitting a button and your character performing that action. Also, comparing it other versions like the PC or PS4, the graphics here take a hit. There is a section right at the beginning of the game where you move a lift and break through a wall. Well I kept breaking through too high and would die by steam exiting a pipe. I looked up the PS4 version, and its not a wall, it was glass that you could see though. The lighting sometimes is not that great. I felt that it looked better on the smaller screen then the big one.
Overall, people that like games like Limbo and Inside will most likely enjoy this game. They have some similar elements, and somethings differ, like the laser pointer and dog, that make the puzzles stand out from those previously mentioned games. The puzzles are not that difficult, and you will enjoy the dark story it tells. Give Black the Fall a try and let me know what you think.
Score: 68% It’s Good!