- Release date: 12/7/2017
- Developer: No Brakes Games
- Publisher: Curve Digital
- Genre: Platform
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: 2 players simultaneous
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Human: Fall Flat
No Brakes Games
Human: Fall Flat Review: Creative Physics-Based Platformer
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Human: Fall Flat is a silly platformer with clumsy gelatinous characters and physics-based puzzles. Download Human: Fall Flat and try to find a creative way for every challenge.
The world of Human: Fall Flat is completely untextured, but properly colored and shaded. It sure looks a little like a work in progress this way, but this visual style fits the sandbox-like gameplay perfectly well. And quite surprisingly, even the lack of detail helps the low-poly levels look decent. This simplistic approach helps you concentrate on the challenges and the realistic physics which are, of course, the main feature of this game.
Human: Fall Flat literally drops you and up to 7 other players on a map which is a series of puzzles you need to solve. All of them are more or less physics-based, so you have to figure out what to do first, and then try to actually do that with the hilariously clumsy hands of your faceless avatar. Although it is funny for a few tries, battling the controls and repeating the same actions until you get lucky can actually feel a bit annoying.
Each map of the game has a distinct theme, ranging from industrial loading docks to a medieval castle, and the puzzles match those maps. For example, on the medieval stage, you can play with a catapult. All in all, puzzles are creative and fun, and solving them with friends is even more satisfying. Only a few of them rely on precise actions and thus require a lot of subsequent tries to get everything right.
The controls are deliberately complex and difficult to learn, and that constitutes a good part of the game’s odd charm. You have an individual button to control each of your hands, and that makes even the most basic action a significant challenge. What is automated in other games, like climbing or holding items, demands quite a lot of effort here, but failing at such tasks is usually hilarious and fun to watch. Still, after a few repetitive failures, you tend to become annoyed by this, even if a little bit.
Replay Value: 3
Although the game encourages creativeness, the maps still consist of a limited number of pre-made puzzles. So after you finish the last of them, and that can happen as soon as in five or six hours into the game, you certainly won’t feel like starting it all over again. Well, at least by yourself, because the multiplayer mode adds a lot to replay value of the game.
To review Human: Fall Flat you might as well finish the game, but that doesn’t mean it is too short. The game just isn’t meant to be finished in one game session, instead, you are supposed to finish one map at a time and enjoy all the possibilities you can imagine. This way you can make the most fun out of it.
Silly platformer with a lot of creative physics-based puzzles. Download Human: Fall Flat and don’t forget to bring your friends with you.
Pros : Advanced physics engine;
Cons : Simplistic graphics;
Replay Value 3.0