The Square Enix Collective is a quasi-crowd funding initiative that allows gamers to vote for various indie pitches. The winners receive funding and marketing from Square Enix, and the program has produced some pretty great titles thus far.
This latest game from Sand Sailor Studio, at least superficially, bears striking resemblance to Playdead's dystopic puzzle platformer "INSIDE," complete with its stylized, minimalist designs, and dark setting. However, having played through the game's opening, it's clear that Black The Fall has a unique and twisted tale of its own to tell.
Heading today to Xbox One, PC, and PS4, Black The Fall takes place in an authoritarian dystopia where players must guide "Black" as he attempts to escape.
In my early impressions, it feels as though Black The Fall contains a lot of opportunities for interaction and stealth, making it play a little more like Oddworld: New n' Tasty than Inside, while retaining the dark atmospherics of both with its own twist.
Black the Fall was in-part inspired by the real-world experiences of the game's developer's families living in communist Romania, which broke free of the Soviet bloc as it fell in the early 90s. Cristian Diaconescu, Black The Fall's creative director, describes the game thusly:
Black The Fall was originally funded via Kickstarter, and became involved with the Square Enix Collective as one of the first titles to be a part of the program. It's available now for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
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Thanks for the heads up!!
Side scrolling action...
Never heard of until now. Interest piqued. Another, yet rare, shining example of Windows Central coming through with something fresh in the news department.
If it was in the Windows Store I'd give it a try. But nope, so nope.
Loved Inside. I will give this a go.
Reminds of Shadow Complex except with much better graphics
I'm going to pick this up, it looks right up my alley.
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