A significant amount of the comedy found in modern games comes from exploiting the in-game physics. Goat Simulator and I am Bread are appealing for their bizarre floaty physics that makes your objective almost impossible but hilarious at the same time. And I’m sure we’ve all had Grand Theft Auto sessions where the sole purpose was to try and push the physical boundaries of Liberty City or San Andreas.
Human: Fall Flat captures the spirit of physics based puzzle games and establishes its own identity through its quirky and surreal adventure. You play as Bob, a featureless humanoid in a hat who drunkenly staggers through dreamscapes searching for a means of escape. There are eight fully interactive environments for you to explore. Bob can grab, climb and carry anything to assist him in escaping his dreams.
The gameplay is open-ended in that there are multiple ways to solve each puzzle. The puzzles encourage you to think outside the box which increases the game’s replay value. Human: Fall Flat is an entirely unscripted experience. A local co-op option allows you and a friend to tackle the puzzles together or attempt to push the boundaries of the game. Bob doesn’t have to remain featureless. You can paint him custom colours or import your face via webcam.
Human: Fall Flat is developed by No Brakes Games based in Lithuania. It’s available now on Steam and has received very positive reviews. You can check it out here.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane