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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Release Date: Jul 4, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our prototype was very well received and there were many requests and feedback to add more features and control compatibility. We take it upon ourselves to work hard and find the best way to implement those.

It will help us fund development the PC version and hopefully the console version too.

The Early Access path will bring us together with you, the actual gamers, and your invaluable feedback. The game will grow organically as we will exchange ideas and I'm sure that we will end up with a more polished and refined game that will deliver a stronger experience for everyone.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our target to release Black The Fall - PC version - is December 2014 or Q1 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We will work on refining both content and features to deliver a strong and emotional experience. This will be influenced a lot by working with the gamers community. In order to do that we want to have as much content available as possible during the Early Access phase.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We are now in the Alpha stage. We have polished and refined our prototype and added more content to it.
After this first build we will implement a new animation system based on Unity's Mecanim. This will allow us to deliver a more dynamic and rich interaction experience. The levels will be much bigger and with the new features and NPC behavior the playthrough will be more immersive and exciting.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Early Access offers a discount on the full game. Those who purchase the game in the Early Access phase will receive the full game upon it's release.
There will also be several build updates that will be available during this period.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Although we want to surprise the player as he explores the odd and twisted world of Black The Fall, we will use the feedback to make this experience smoother and stronger.”
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September 29

Black The Fall - Episode 1

Hey everyone, we have a big and exciting announcement to make. We have been working for a couple of months on the first episode of Black The Fall. We have listened and learned from the community and we decided to release the game in in fully playable episodes. This way the experience is stronger and the game is as good and polished as we desire and you deserve.

We want to thank all the players that have supported us through Early Access and to all that have provided interest and feedback for Black The Fall. We'll make sure we'll put this feedback to good use in our next build. New images and information will be available soon (in the next few days). You'll love them. They are testament about how much your involvement in the project helped us shape the game.

Given the fact that the old build is "too old" :) and it doesn't represent the game as it is today we'll make multiple adjustments and will move on working solely on the next build till is ready. We hope to achieve that till December.

When you'll see what's coming you'll see that it was worth it. We promise.

Thanks again for all your support.
We love you!

BTF Team

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August 17

Next Chapter

We're now working on a whole new chapter. Lot's of new cool stuff, aesthetics and gameplay.
We'll have one big level for this chapter. It will be longer than all the levels that we have now put together. You will be able to climb and thus the level will grow vertically too.
We're also working on a lot of new movement features like jumping, crouching, turning, wall climbing, hanging ...
We'll have new NPC's like the Proletar: http://youtu.be/fGhF8-ghdlk and new NPC behaviour.

For the latest news please visit our fb page: https://www.facebook.com/blackthefall

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About This Game

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.

PROGRESS

04/07/2014 - Update1 – win version (about 15% of the entire game)

We are now in alpha stage with our first chapter. It includes some of the features that we want to integrate in the final game. This first build lets you catch a glimpse of this strange, black world.

What's new:

• the first version of our melee system
• you have secrets to find now
• improved player mechanics
• a more balanced playthrough
• solved a million bugs :)

01/04/2014 - Proptotype

You can experiment basic interaction with the Natives and meet some of the Machines. Explore, shoot, hide, use objects and collect ammo and weapons. You also have to solve a few basic puzzles.

STORY
Discover an industrialized long lost world living in the shadow of the totalitarian state. Everyone should be regarded as a potential enemy, an informer, a criminal.
Amnesic and unaware of circumstances which brought you into this place, you begin your journey which should reveal the mystery. Moving through a peculiar world you'll have to kill in order to survive, to solve different puzzles and to learn when to be brave and when to hide.

FEATURES
The Natives
The social aspect of the communism inspired the way the Natives behave. They seem to be humans, in most ways just like you, but slightly different. As all the people that lived back then they are animated by suspicion, fear, uncertainty. Everyone should be regarded as a potential enemy, an informer, a criminal.

The Machines
No one knows what they are and where they come from. Their soulless eyes always seem to spy on the living. Although the natives fear them, a strange symbiosis is at work.

Puzzle solving
Even the puzzles are inspired by the old “good days”.You'll have to queue up, to conform, to use the system in order to solve them. Just remember that solving one problem may lead to another. Choose your path wisely as things are not always what they seem. Jump, slide, climb or hide to overcome obstacles. Discover how to operate the strange machines that dominate the landscape but beware of the outcome.

Crafting
Explore every corner for you never know what you can find. Treasures may hide in dark secret places. Scavenge for resources as you can craft powerful weapons and special ammo.

Weather system
Be wary of the clouds for they bring a strange vibe into the world. The Natives react differently to it. Some may hide in the ground and lay in wait, others may become feral. Don't believe that lighting doesn't strike twice in the same spot as nothing is natural about this place.
Winter brings silence and peril as the black becomes white. Warming up becomes crucial, but you are not alone, as all things need fire to survive.

Stealth
Use the environment to your advantage. Clever tactics allow you to pass, kill or avoid foes. When in need hide to escape. Make sure no one sees you when you do it.

Combat
Enemies can be obliterated in a fun and brutal combat. Take aim carefully as a well placed bullet can save you. When fighting you can choose from a wide variety of weapons.

Weapons
The loud ones inflict more damage but quickly reveal your presence. Silent takedowns are always an option when you don't want to leave a mark. Don't hesitate, if they escape you, others may be alerted.
Clear your path using your trusty dynamite pack. If all hell breaks loose hold on to your gatling and don't stop shooting.

Pet
When all alone you might want to build your own friend. It might come in handy when fighting or solving puzzles.

Your feedback is paramount and will help us a lot in our development process.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 Ghz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 210 , AMD Radeon 5450, Intel HD 2500
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS X 10.5 Leopard
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Integrated graphics HD series
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
I highly recomnd this game at this point in devolpment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I2AeAIPt6U
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54 of 62 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Early Access Review
Well lets begin by saying that if this continues to push forward in the vein that has been showed so far then this will be one game i will be looking forward to them getting out of early access quicker than any other game in early access at the moment.
To look at it you will instantly be reminded of LIMBO (i was,first thing that came to mind was that classic) and thats both a good and a bad thing.I will explain why,anything that helps this game to sell is a good thing as like i have allready said this game will be one to keep an eye on,but it is also a bad thing in so much as this plays nothing like that game except for certain puzzle elements thay are two seperate games alltogether (so might upset some who think it is like said classic).
Now you only get access to the first five parts of the game and in this little time i have learned one thing,this plays really well and you would be forgiven for thinking it was a final and polished release.
The graphics and art style may have been done before but i dont remember it capturing my imagination as much as this game has,the sound and music are both of a high standard and really put forward the overall feeling that this game is going for,the gameplay seems at once to be both fresh and also at the same time familiar to anyone who has played a game made in this style.
Should you buy the game at the moment,well yes if you want to support a game that is both well made and allready shines with a polish that most early access games dont have.Having said that you dont get much to go at at the moment,so if you would rather wait until there is "more meat on the bones" so to speak who can blame you as we all like our games to not end before we have finished.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Early Access Review
The game reminds me a lot of Limbo which is a great thing because Limbo was an amazing indie game! This game really has the potential at being a really good game. So far I have played 4 levels and I am enjoying it. I have come across quite a few different bugs that made playing a couple of time a bit annoying. But I wasn't expecting this to be perfect in the first place due to this being an early access game. If you like side scrollers and solving puzzles then I would say give the game a try and show the developers some support! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe0p14HABcI&list=UUUI5L-pyfuGa2l_IlG1d7_Q
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Early Access Review
Black The fall is a title im really looking forward to fully release, I love this art style they have chosen, the Atmosphere is great and the gameplay is solid.
Black the fall got both weapons, big and small, and a great hide mechanic, you can choose to blast your way through enemies or do it more stealthy.
I as mentioned above cant wait for the full release of this game, i recommend ALL to pick this title up and try it out, and i bet you will soon hunger for more like me.

My gameplay of this Early Access here:
http://youtu.be/isvS197wUbc
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Early Access Review
I played through the 5 levels in Early Access of Black The Fall and I had fun. When I first saw the Steam page, it reminded me of LIMBO. It has the same visual style about it and it is a side-scroller. I like that it has guns and a hide mechanic. Though, you can choose to sneak your way through or go guns blazing. You can see my video of me playing the first 2 levels with commentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gc9EtKEwbQ
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Early Access Review
Black The Fall is a very peculiar game. What genre is it? I couldn't tell you. But what I can tell you is that this game has a lot of potential. I've been following this game since the very beginning, and I am pleased with how far this game has progressed. Right now, there's not much content (only 5 chapters), so don't expect too much when purchasing it right now. However, the price is affordable, and it's worth it, for me, to see this game constantly getting better and better. Are there bugs? You'd better believe it. No amount of bugspray can keep these pesky things away. But with each update, it's gotten better. Overall, I do recommend this game. In its current state, no, I wouldn't recommend it, but I genuinely believe this game will get better and finally end up becoming a great game. Please support the developer and buy it as early as possible. Right now, you are making a long-term investment in a game that could someday be amazing. So please, support this developer. Buy this game. It'll be worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Early Access Review
Black: The Fall
Currently a rather short game, but very enjoyable.
TL;DR I give it 7/10 and a Thumbs up. I'm looking forward to any updates, expansions.

BTF is a Side Scrolling mix of 2d and 3d environments. I stepped into this world knowing nothing about it other than what I saw in the promo video. In a way it reminds me a bit of Abe's Oddessy, but much darker and minus the cute. I was able to finish the game, First loading >>> Credits screen in about 1.5 hours. But what an intense 90 minutes!

I really enjoyed the animation of Black moving through his environment. I realize it's only 2d, but the feel of his cloak movement was spot-on. Stealthing through a map takes a lot of patience, but most areas can be gotten through without ever firing your gun.

Please realize that this is an Early Release at this point, so there are some known issues. I checked the bug reports forum and the devs are being responsive and gracious about responding to the players. These minor bugs will not prevent you from completing the game. (obviously, I made it through)

I'm looking forward to this game getting fully developed and produced.
Black himself needs a story, a purpose or goal. Why is he here, what is his arc?

In conclusion, yes buy this.
Thumbs Up with a Smile!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Early Access Review
Black The Fall is a unique looking side scroller puzzle shooter. It has the darkness and gore of a film like 'Sin City' and the elements of such classics like 'Limbo'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxqbJOW25Lk

The art style and atmosphere in this game is incredible. Every level gives you the choice of how to complete it, you can go in guns blazing or use a more stealthy approach. The choice is yours. A superb game that oozes class and style. - Enjoy!
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2 of 19 people (11%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
Boring and stupid. -10
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2 of 59 people (3%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Early Access Review
trash
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