After decades of toil, an old machinist plots his escape from Communism, through manipulation and scheming. Along the road, he befriends the most unlikely creature, an abandoned robot. Could they solve the puzzles and flee this bleak world together?
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May 22

80's Propaganda is 2017's Fake News

One of the key components of the Communist Oppression was the fabricated reality that was pushed forward as news in newspapers, on TV, on national radio, billboards and school handbooks.

On one hand, it was the leader himself who wanted to keep up appearances. One time Ceausescu had taken his hat off for a meeting with another country leader, but in an official picture that would make him look like a weaker person, so he asked that his hat would be photoshopped back on before being published in the newspaper. And it’s not just the things he’d ask for, he’d just expect for his employees to anticipate his quirky needs and avoid putting him in a less than great picture. Smart, I know!

On the other hand, any activity the leader would have was announced. So the institutions would put forward the best rooms, most docile personnel dressed in Sunday clothes, they'd bring forward the best products (even if they were created especially for the occasion). Some say Ceausescu had no clue of what was really happening in the country because everyone kept on putting up a show for him.

(Scott Edelman (an employee of the US State Department and currently an instructor at the US Air Force Academy) took this photo while he was posted in Romania during the mid-1980's.)

Now this looks like a distant crazy past, in a distant Eastern country, but propaganda is a powerful tool that has shapeshifted into fake news, thanks to internet and social media. We used to rely on news to find out about the world we can’t reach for ourselves, and we trusted that. There were fewer outlets and the distribution was under control. But now, anything can be published anywhere and fake news are omnipresent.

But then again, anyone who lives a regular life doesn’t have the time to check any information. So pick your sources wisely, question everything and always keep in mind that for the truth you hold dear right now, there is someone, somewhere, equally in love with their truth.

Never forget about the backfire effect and if this is your first encounter with the concept, here are some resources to on the matter:

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April 24

History's Loop GIF

Some years back, the western civilization was experiencing the cultural, industrial and economic climax. The middle class was expanding, the arts were flourishing and the scientific discoveries were popping like popcorn, significantly improving the quality of life. The traditional was slowly fading away, being replaced by the new, the western, the eccentric, by that which aligns to a new order. It was shallow, I know, the poor continued to be exploited and there was still famine in the world, but at least some of us were moving forward.

Yet the laws of Geo-politics, were not dormant. It was the perfect environment to strike and strive. Bloody actions were inevitable if you looked from the top downwards, yet doubtful if you looked around. These events had made a few people rich, retraced some borders, then left a world in financial decay and emotional ache. The perfect playground for authoritarian leaders to arise and thrive. Visionaries were hoping they’re dealing with isolated cases, yet these sugar-daddies were a growing trend.

Loved by the majority and even supported by some intellectuals, it was high time for the masses to be seduced into the arms of an authoritarian father figure who'd impose rules and would have solutions for a world that seemed to have gone mad.

One by one, some iconic nations elected the leaders they believed in. They voted for a better life, for safety, for common sense, for respect, with all the good intentions.

If right now, you feel like saying Erdogan, Putin, Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, Assad, well, your thoughts, not mine. I was hinting more towards Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, Ceausescu, but you got the picture.

As an indie studio, we assumed a stance against any totalitarian / authoritarian / egalitarian regime by creating Black The Fall: the journey of an old machinist whose only purpose is to survive, by escaping Communism. We find it to be our duty to address our daily concerns through our work. When Black The Fall was just an idea, it was about here are bits and pieces of how we lived . But now it becomes more and more about here are bits and pieces of how we might live again.

And we are not the only ones in the industry standing up. Our brothers here have done a brilliant job at putting indie games in the service of sociopolitical wake-up calls. And this is just to name a few titles:

  • Papers Please - Play as an immigration inspector who controls the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists.
  • Orwell - play as the one and only Big Brother.
  • Beholder - Play as a State-installed Landlord in a totalitarian State.
  • We Happy Few - an action/adventure game set in a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England.
  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday - a choice driven, narrative game that brings players into the brooding world of a nation on the verge of collapse.
  • Kommissar -a political prosecution simulator in a totalitarian regime.
Democracy is a fragile thing, heavily dependent on our everyday actions. It sometimes bothers, as we need to oblige by the voice of the many. I get it: I’m me, you’re you, we’re definitely not the many, but the selected few. Yet, we know from experience, that the most painful regime is to abide not the voice of the many, but that of the one... Could we be trapped in a history-repeating looped GIF?

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“Black is an example of beautiful minimalism in game design.”

“Lovely aesthetic and nails-tough puzzling.”

“It’s a remarkable vision of a destroyed world”

About This Game

After decades of toil, an old machinist plots his escape from the oppressive grasp of the Communist regime. Through hidden passages, shadow and grief, he struggles. Ingenuity, reflexes and deception are his tools. Along the road, he befriends the most unlikely creature, an abandoned little robot. Could they escape this bleak and deadly world, together?

• Unravel the puzzles buried within the oppressive atmosphere of a dystopian dictatorship
• Harness the power of a stolen designator tool to manipulate both man and machine
• Befriend a lonely lost robot and earn its loyal companionship
• Take your shot at overthrowing a Communist State inspired by real world events

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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

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