Darkness returns to the Mac with Fall of Light this autumn
School will be out soon, and gamers everywhere are planning how to bask in the light of summer vacation. We’ll have some ideas for that soon, but in the meantime we want to point ahead to a game that’ll be released around the time when the darkness of homework and overbearing bus drivers settles back in.
Publisher 1C (which would be a pretty good grade card, depending upon which side the other grades fall) has announced that RuneHeads’ story-driven dungeon crawler Fall of Light will be available for Mac and Windows this autumn.
Fall of Light takes the player into a dark world, where an old warrior leads his daughter towards the last remnants of sunlight. Only together will they be strong enough to defeat the enemies born from the Shadow. The lack of light in combination with stylized graphics underline the game’s grim atmosphere, both in the world above and the one below—the birthplace of the evil threatening to end the Era of Men.
I’m quite certain the birthplace of the evil threatening to end the Era of Men is New York City, but such themes are much more fun when they’re fictitious.
What I find intriguing about Fall of Light is that the developers acknowledge Dark Souls and Ico as their inspiration for the game. It’s quite an interesting combo with quite a few years and variations between them, but a quick look at the announcement trailer will show you how it comes together.
So, that’s what it looks like and what you do. Here’s what it’s about:
“In the beginning, there was only an excruciating, screaming void, wherein twisted souls writhed about, imprisoned in nothingness. Then the darkness was pierced by Luce, and with her came warmth and order. The time of men had begun, and would last many eras. But the 14th era is one of Darkness…”
As Nyx, an old, retired warrior, evade the Shadows and find your way through the crooked corridors of gloomy dungeons, navigate the treacherous pathways of the darkened overworld and fight emissaries of darkness in long-forgotten temples. Many puzzles and deadly traps stand between you and your goal – to bring your daughter Aether to the last place on the face of Earth that still sees light.
Fall of Light will reward players who “… search through every nook and cranny to unlock hidden secrets and learn more about the history and lore of the somber world around you…” There are odd characters to meet, weapon combos to master, and hordes of crafty enemies to face, all while keeping your daughter from harm. Of course, that doesn’t mean she’s just a package to carry around; Aether is “… the light piercing the darkness and the key to unlocking forbidden passages.”
Fall of Light features:
- 6 different battle stances, including two-handed and dual-wielding
- 7 weapon classes covering both short-range and long-range weaponry
- Shadows, soldiers of darkness, and underworld bosses to defeat
- An overworld, dungeons and temples to explore to gain special powers
- Many secrets to uncover and environmental puzzles to solve.