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  • Summary: Black The Fall is an atmospheric side-scrolling shooter with puzzle solving elements. An odd and unexpected black and white dream inspired by a childhood passed behind the Iron Curtain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. CD-Action
    Oct 30, 2017
    80
    Black The Fall bought me with its brilliant atmosphere of hopelessness that even Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four would not be ashamed of. [10/2017, p.57]
  2. Jul 11, 2017
    80
    Black The Fall is a rarity, something unexpected for its ability of mixing a setting inspired by the true history of Romania before the fall of the communist regime and the mechanics of a traditional puzzle-platform. The result is crippled by some flaws, but Sand Sailor Studio has created a nice alternative to the Limbo/Inside subgenre.
  3. Jul 12, 2017
    80
    Black the Fall is a good Limbo-like game, but with less personality than his muse.
  4. Jul 10, 2017
    70
    It is sometimes even able to shine with its own light, succeeding in refreshing the sensations generated by a genre that in recent years has known too many emulsions and a few really original works.
  5. Aug 7, 2017
    70
    Great logical platformer strength is mainly on delightfully drawn distressful atmosphere and fine visuals. While gameplay is not completely spotless, a number of interestingly designed puzzles makes the game a pleasant thing for anyone who likes to think.
  6. Jul 17, 2017
    70
    Black the Fall is a clever and ingenious adventure puzzle game with a dark and oppressive atmosphere, but we miss a better and more original puzzle design.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Sep 29, 2017
    60
    An attempt to escape from the Communist prison in Black the Fall has a plenty of strong moments and great environment design. It´s a pity, there is only a short campaign and many technical issues. [Issue#277]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 3, 2018
    10
    Velice zajímavá logická plošinovka, která okamžitě vtáhne do děje. Prostředí je zcela jedinečné, živé, reagující. Překvapuje mě, co vše dokážeVelice zajímavá logická plošinovka, která okamžitě vtáhne do děje. Prostředí je zcela jedinečné, živé, reagující. Překvapuje mě, co vše dokáže Unity Engine. Pěkně se hraje a baví. Hra má cca 3-4 hodiny herní dobu a kdo by se v průběhu hraní zasekl, má možnost podívat se na youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmGLF2UJGKY - má čtyři videa/ části), jak z toho ven. Tématikou a zpracováním zapadá mezi originální hry s překvapením. Cena odpovídající kvalitě. Za sebe doporučuji a autorům fandím, ví takových herních "jednohubek"! Expand
  2. Jul 12, 2017
    10
    当玩到苏联国歌响起的时候还是惊了一下。这款游戏和INSIDE有非常多的相似之处,INSIDE的隐喻在BTF里面变成了明喻罢了。故事背景设定在敏感的89年,好在虚构的是苏联的故事。作为一名苏俄(鹅)是怎样逃出生天的。解密成分很多,而且谜题的类型较INSIDE丰富不少,难度也有所增加。当玩到苏联国歌响起的时候还是惊了一下。这款游戏和INSIDE有非常多的相似之处,INSIDE的隐喻在BTF里面变成了明喻罢了。故事背景设定在敏感的89年,好在虚构的是苏联的故事。作为一名苏俄(鹅)是怎样逃出生天的。解密成分很多,而且谜题的类型较INSIDE丰富不少,难度也有所增加。

    画面的代入感还是不错的,至少对得起游戏的售价。值得推荐的一款作品,部分场景的设计也是脑洞大开(人肉发电机比比皆是)。
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  3. Jul 13, 2017
    10
    Brilliant bleak atmosphere and sharp graphics. I love the concept of fighting against Communism and the puzzles are rather challenging, I mustBrilliant bleak atmosphere and sharp graphics. I love the concept of fighting against Communism and the puzzles are rather challenging, I must admit, especially the one that you have to rely on sound only. Expand
  4. Feb 8, 2018
    7
    This game is a decent. The mechanics are very simple and the puzzles simple to match but it takes a little while before they becomeThis game is a decent. The mechanics are very simple and the puzzles simple to match but it takes a little while before they become interesting at all. EVERYTHING feels scripted, it's not a game with a fully fledged out physics engine. Its gameplay is highly similar to INSIDE by Playdead studios but doesn't feel like the massive letdown INSIDE was compared to it's spiritual prequel, LIMBO lmao.

    The atmosphere is very well made but again, simple. Fairly low poly count but it gets across a bleak atmosphere of a world gone to the authoritative rule of a supremely powerful and oppressive dictatorship.

    I got it in the Humble Monthly bundle, it's worth about $15, maybe on sale. Don't go out of your way to play this, it's a relaxed, low energy game.
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  5. Jun 16, 2019
    7
    What story?

    Background. 3/5 ☑ There are no speeches only some shouts of guards. But the background atmosphere is supposed to inject you
    What story?

    Background. 3/5 ☑
    There are no speeches only some shouts of guards. But the background atmosphere is supposed to inject you with feelings of oppression by Communist regime. There are in between parts which show you the world. They are called chapters and you get a checkpoint after each puzzle solved.

    Game play?

    Good. 4/5 ☑
    It is rather relaxing puzzler where you solve puzzles and use reflexes to jump around or time your escape under the lights of enemies. You continuously get to understand your controls and how to get past guards. Some puzzles are repeating themselves with slight variations inside the environment. Mostly, you need to be attentive to the signs giving you clues.

    Re playability?

    Acceptable. 2/5 ☑
    I have got 36% achievements in 1st walk through, though it seemed very linear to me, surprised that I did not unlock 100%. There were machine buttons that did not move a thing when pressed. There are probably some collectibles or hidden rooms I am not aware of.

    Graphics?

    Good. 4/5 ☑
    Art style is great, light effects too, there is some music here and there, but most sounds are coming from the machines around you. It is 2.5D side-scroller and you will turn to the sides when moving around.

    Hardware requirements?

    Low range. ☑ It ran smooth on my GTX 1060 and i7- 8700 with above 150 FPS.

    How difficult?

    Normal. ☑
    You should get through by trial and error, watch the reactions of guards and environment changes. Lights and sounds also play their roles to trick player. There are only few controls, walk, crouch, jump, fall, use, aim and command. Exhaust them all, look around your chapter, your options are limited.

    How long?

    less than 2 hours. ☑ The fastest you can get through is little over 1 hour.
    2-9 hours. ☑ I finished it in 3 hours.

    I am giving Black the Fall 7/10. It is short and linear puzzler, not very frustrating if at all, atmosphere is kind of a background story.
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  6. Jan 2, 2019
    7
    Black The Fall is an extremely interesting and rewarding game to play. With a very symbolic story, Black tells a dark, cold, hard story of anBlack The Fall is an extremely interesting and rewarding game to play. With a very symbolic story, Black tells a dark, cold, hard story of an escape from communism in a brilliant, wordless narrative way.

    Graphically stylized with a very particular style, the game demonstrates well the artistic treatment, acclaimed by the critics. The soundtrack is intense and immersive.
    Mechanically the game is very simple, but with challenging and elaborate jigsaw puzzles.

    I think for this game using a controller will be a huge plus, but I did not have any issues playing it with a keyboard.

    Black is a very nice "outside of the box" game, that I honestly enjoy every moment.
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  7. Oct 28, 2020
    0
    A game made for right wing uneducated people who gobble up anything fascist and authoritarian fed to them

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