The Dark Night: Downfall

By Jim Rossignol on May 15th, 2009 at 2:55 pm.


Nothing to do with Downfall, natch. In fact it’s been a while since I’ve seen anything like this. Downfall is a old school point-and-click horror adventure, and has apparently just been released on D2D by tricky-to-pronounce developer, Remigiusz Michalski. The game begins with your character arriving in a rainy town, accompanied by a girlfriend who seems to be having a psychotic breakdown. Needless to say, things get worse from there. There are some rather disturbing scenes from the opening moments, although the effect is offset slightly by the crude and clunky animations of the characters once you get into the game proper. Still, you don’t need to rely on my judgment in this instance, as there’s a demo to be found here. The trailer (below) suggests that it’s not going to have a happy or (stain-free) ending.

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26 Comments »

  1. Dracko says:

    Ah, I caught this trailer yesterday and was very much intrigued by it, but can’t really afford to jump into it just yet. Not until next paycheck at least. Thanks for the demo link.

  2. skizelo says:

    Plus points for the “USE chainsaw ON obese lady” action, minus points for the sentence “No!…”
    Go on, exclaim an ellipsis, I dare you.

  3. James T says:

    Look, it’s Jaz Coleman!

  4. Rich says:

    Not exactly light entertainment, that one.

    Reminds me a bit of Trilby’s notes from the Chzo series; 5 Days a Stranger, 7 Days a something or other etc.
    I suggest giving them a try. Not nearly as disturbing as this thing though.

  5. Heliocentric says:

    Seriously? 3 distressing games in a row? Are you going to change the name of the site to rape, panic, suffering?

    The next post had better be coloured in crayola hues and have a game who has a plot ripped from ‘in the night garden’.

  6. Resin says:

    It has an extremely low tech unpolished art quality and a sense of drama/plot to match – a little Jr. High, but at the same time thats the most appealing thing about it.

  7. Lewis says:

    This looks rather interesting. Will check out the demo tonight, most likely.

  8. Dracko says:

    Actually, now that you mention such things Helios, I’m kind of surprised RPS hasn’t touched Nigoro’s new game yet. That should hit your spot.

  9. Will Tomas says:

    That’s gonna need bucketfuls of Vanish to get those stains out…

  10. Lewis says:

    @skizelo

    Go on, exclaim an ellipsis, I dare you.

    I do a chuckle.

  11. Heliocentric says:

    Pastel clothed wizards, and magic stones, thats what i like.

  12. hydra9 says:

    Weirdly enough, the demo starts with porn music, complete with slap bass. I’m not too impressed after the first few locations – Might go back to it later. I will also be a little mean and say that the author should’ve got someone to proofread this… Then again, it is only a demo, so that might have been fixed for the release version.

  13. Dracko says:

    I am glad you have found your calling, Heliocentric.

  14. graham says:

    That reminds me. I must clean the house when i get home and remove the dead hooker from the boot of my car.

  15. hungSolo says:

    Going up the staircase flashed me back to that old Inscape game, The Dark Eye. But after that, as Rich says, it’s all lo-fi Goya meets Yahtzee. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you.

  16. apnea says:

    Dracko, for an ‘angry troll’, you do provide interesting links. That Nigoro game sure looks strange, though I’m not sure it’s quite my kind of thing. Too japanese for my taste.

  17. Wedge says:

    Oh dear. My cat is overboard.

  18. Bhazor says:

    Reply to Wedge

    Theres a joke there I’m big enough not to make.

  19. Serondal says:

    @Bhazor – You’re lucky, if there is a joke there I’m not even smart enough to make it ; O Or maybe I’m TO smart and I don’t lower myself to the same level to understand it O.o

    Unless you were going to make a blunt joke about female organs.

  20. Bhazor says:

    Reply to Serondal

    Actually I’m not too big I’m just too wet and too much of a pussy to make the joke.

  21. Dominic White says:

    I just played the demo – aside from the clearly low-framerate animations, it seems to be a pretty neat little adventure. The writing made me laugh more than a few times, which is odd, considering the theme of the game.

    So, how long is the full game? And does it keep up the quality? If it’s over two hours and overall good, $10 seems like a very fair price.

  22. ironanno says:

    @Dominic White I’ve played it for a couple of hours now. Didn’t play the demo, but the writing is good what I’ve seen of it so far. Especially enjoyed the appearance of some Norwegian rock-singer. Probably make believe. Also sawed a pig’s brain out:) The game still has quite a lot to do before its finished where I’m at. Been stuck at a few puzzles for quite long though. Took me ages to realize to kill the cat.

    Got an error though now and emailed Remigiu about it as the error report told me to. Got a review copy for the local student newspaper (in Finnish) so might be something to do with that. The man’s testing if I’m actually playing the game. If you speak Finnish you could check some of my reviews here: http://www.uljas.net/ Reviewed Zeno Clash, The Path and Empire so far.

  23. Harvester Games says:

    The singer’s ghost is actually based on a popular rockstar from Finland, I thought I’d add:) He’s been my girlfriends’s favourite musician for ages.

    And as to Dominic White’s comment, the game is definetely longer than 2 hours. It takes me about 3-4 hours to complete it (skipping all dialogues), and I am the guy who made it:)

    Even though there’s few bugs in the game that I’m only now finding about, I hope you will enjoy the game:)

    RM

  24. Bassem B. says:

    Horrible choice of music and sound design in that trailer above. No opinion on the game itself.

  25. ironanno says:

    Ville Valo from HIM? He’s one of the most famous Finnish rock-musicians.

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