Downfall is an old-school adventure game of psychological terror. The demo is set in a dream - it starts off with a Scandinavian rock star appearing to you in your hotel room and ends with you enthusiastically digging up a mystery grave. As you progress the game feels increasingly like it's governed by dream-logic, in a good way.
The art style is unsettling and draws you into the uncertainty of this dream-like world. The world is mostly filled with black and white, letting the bright red of the blood stand out among the monochrome. Color is used to great effect here, setting apart the more terrifying elements from the general unease of the dream world. The music is very effective as well, starting off with a little rock number while you're conversing with the aforementioned rock star and peaking during the more adrenaline filled moments.
The game is based on Adventure Game Studio and is only controlled with a mouse so there's minimal technical complexity. The story is sparse in the demo, but the dialogue hints at some deeper plot and has some great back and forth between our protagonist and the rest of the odd inhabitants of the town.
It all combines into one disturbing horror experience.
Why You Should Check This Out: A fine example of a psychological horror adventure game, Downfall gives off a very strong Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers vibe. Dread increasingly fills the game world as your travels progress to stranger and stranger sights.
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