Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Bishop Games
- Developer: Bishop Games
- Release Date: March, 2018
- Rating: RP
- Genre: Adventure, Action
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://lightfallgame.com/
Who it Caters to
Are you someone who loves to think of how best to solve a situation in a platforming game? Do you wish a game offered you a level of freedom unseen from most titles in the adventure/action genre? Light Fall by developer Bishop Games gives that experience to the gamer in their recent creation. Light Fall tests players by giving them freedom to solve platforming puzzles and challenges via special powers within the game. Light Fall mixes momentum and quick thinking that already shows promise for what could be an epic gaming title.
What to Expect
Here at Honey’s Anime, we went into Light Fall knowing very little about it. Ironically enough, even when playing Light Fall you aren’t given a full grasp of what’s going on either. You play as a young boy that has awoken in a strange land with no memories of his name or why he’s here. However, that doesn’t stop an elderly being from taking interest in you and thinking you might have what it takes to save this strange twilight world of Numbra. From here forth, your journey begins and boy if the preview told us anything, Light Fall is a journey that we will love when the game fully releases.
The idea of Light Fall is simple. Control the young boy and jump over various hazards and solve simple platforming feats. That is true at least for the first ten minutes of Light Fall. Once Light Fall introduces the power your young character has, things change quite dramatically. Light Fall is all about using a box power called the Shadow Core and the idea is what makes Light Fall quite different than games before it.
The Shadow Core allows players to create up to 4 boxes underneath them when they jump and can even uses boxes as gears to turn dials and make boats move. Light Fall’s Shadow Core mechanic gives players the freedom of movement that many other platformer-like games haven’t done before in the past. You will need to master the Shadow Core quickly though as once Light Fall gets to be about 20 or 30 minutes in, it becomes quite tough. Be prepared to react to quickly to avoid falling or being hit by various flying obstacles as Light Fall doesn’t hold your hand at first but equally is quick to throw you into the fire even faster.
The preview of Light Fall lets us see two chapters of this what we believe to be 4 or 5-chapter game. We had to survive various challenges—which we won’t spoil obviously—that tested our gaming prowess something fierce. We died a lot during some puzzles but never did we think it was Light Fall being too cruel or not working well. Light Fall’s handling with jumps, running and using the Shadow Core is excellent—especially with a controller—and thus, when we did die, we knew it was our faults here at Honey’s Anime HQ. There are a decent number of checkpoints too, so dying won’t anger you too much. Though some areas we felt could have used a bit more checkpoints as death meant a solid minute or two of retrying a puzzle from the beginning over and over again.
Graphically and sound wise, Light Fall is very solid. We loved the narrator—the elder we mentioned earlier—and equally couldn’t help but turn up the music when it began to accelerate. The music is definitely one of the better elements to Light Fall as its soothing during down time and fierce when jumps and platforming are more aggressive. The world of Light Fall also looks stunning with a nice mixture of hues that lean on the twilight focused side to capture the land of Numbra. Light Fall reminded us a lot of LIMBO but with a lot more color to avoid being just black and white. Overall, we loved the designs and aesthetic of Light Fall and we know we won’t be alone in that thought.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Simple but beautiful art
- Wonderful narration and soundtrack
- Unique platformer gameplay
- Solid controls for pinpoint accuracy
- Has a potential to tell a beautiful story
- Becomes very challenging very fast
- Maybe a few more check points here and there