BLACK THE FALL is an atmospheric puzzle game set-up in a dystopian era, inspired by our communist past. Playing as Black, you get the chance to outsmart the system, but on the way to freedom prepare for pitfalls, manipulation and dismal.
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Release Date: Jul 4, 2014

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May 6

Black The Fall is Now Fully Playble

We are very excited to let you know that Black The Fall is fully playable. All puzzles are in place and working, all scenes are set-up, the ending is there – all of it. Black The Fall is alive and kicking!

We are now pushing for the full Alpha version, due in a month (without deadlines one would still be improving the first playrooms). This means there’s still some work to be done starting with a lot of in-house testing, as we need to scrub it of all obvious bugs, before we call our friends over for an outsider opinion. Nico is our testing queen and she needs a spa week, a city-break or just a break from playing, bug spotting and trying not to fix things on the spot (no matter how tempting this is). Point being that testing can be very stressful.

By the way, if you happen to be in Bucharest in the following weeks and want to play any parts of it, just drop us a note. We'd love to have you testing it!

Fun fact: Licu actually advised Nico to be bad at it, this way nobody would want her to test. But I guess she can’t go against her nature of being such a merciless observant of what can be improved.

The game looks great and we're now adding the final Communist touches. We're aiming for excellence here - Party's orders. So we're currently working on:

  • Dressing – suitable scenery to render the atmosphere (on our artists’ to-do list Nico, Marius, Andrei and Andreea).
  • Animations - how Black, the Guard, the Worker and our jazzy Sentinel move around (it's on Cristi for design & Licu for functionality)
  • Navigation – how the characters navigate individually and together (Razvan is the lucky responsible for this one)
  • Designator – how our laser pointer, used to designate, works (pinkie swear from Razvan on this one)

So we are closer to our goal, as we planned to launch Black The Fall on PC this autumn. And we’re going for it, full steam ahead!

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February 29

Black is back - darker and smarter

Hi everyone,
We are excited to let you know that the new build is up and running. Actually Black is the one running, solving puzzles, fighting the system and making a revolution all together - wanna help him out?

To start anew hit NEW GAME in the main menu :).

Here are the release notes:

Dynamic loading 0.1
● our dynamic loading system is in place at its first iteration
● stalls will occur and we are aware of that. Things will be much smoother when we reach 1.0

A.I. system
● added the first version of the AI system
● guards react to you now (don’t make too much noise)

Character movement & animation
● black has a new face (and body :) )
● we have improved the controls and animations
● we have smoothed out the transitions
● the designator (laser pointer) was improved - just move the cursor over the selectable objects to use them with the designator.

Level Design
● we have revisited the first part: we have improved the puzzles, the world is more coherent, improved the feedback
● we have added a new area (The Shadow Area) - here you can experiment what living in the shadows was like
● the new area has new types of puzzles that prey on the player’s perception
● we have improved the sound design and added new music bits

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About This Game

BLACK THE FALL is an atmospheric puzzle game set-up in a dystopian era, inspired by our communist past. Playing as Black, you get the chance to outsmart the system, but on the way to freedom prepare for pitfalls, manipulation and dismal.

MANIPULATE

Get hold of a designator to control the other workers, machines and friendly factory creatures. This will prove crucial in your quest.

OUTSMART

Use logic, acuity and the laws of physics to figure out how to move through the hostile environment, deceive guardians and find your way out, while staying safe.

UPRISE

Remember who you are and fight for your beliefs. Liberate yourself from any system that hinders your humanity. Take advantage of that open door and start your odyssey.

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Positive (17 reviews)
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mlgouyapro
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: December 7, 2014
I highly recomnd this game at this point in devolpment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I2AeAIPt6U
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ѷøłċåʼnøqůăķë
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: November 23, 2014
Boring and stupid. -10
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Paradise Decay
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: September 1, 2014
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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Edelric01
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: August 3, 2014
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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Gamer4Life137
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 11, 2014
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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helnot
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 9, 2014
trash
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Rutgrr
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7, 2014
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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Nokzen
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 5, 2014
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
Helpful? Yes No Funny
sotheysayy
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4, 2014
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
Helpful? Yes No Funny
The-Skull-Will-Conquer
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
60 of 72 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 4, 2014
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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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 5, 2014
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 11, 2014
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7, 2014
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 3, 2014
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 1, 2014
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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 7, 2014
I highly recomnd this game at this point in devolpment
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I2AeAIPt6U
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5 of 67 people (7%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 23, 2014
Boring and stupid. -10
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5 of 98 people (5%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 9, 2014
trash
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