Human Fall Flat Review

Human Fall Flat is a physics based puzzle platformer, featuring advanced physics and innovative controls as you control Bob through a challenging world. Is Human Fall Flat worth checking out? Read our review below…

  • Dev: No Brakes Games
  • Pub: Curve Digital
  • Release Date: 12/05/17
  • PEGI/ESRB: 3/E
  • Players: 1
  • Size: 1.3 GB
  • Category: Platformer
  • Price: £11.99/£14.99/€14.99
  • Human Fall Flat is a simple concept when you break it down to its bare bones. Get your little guy/gal, whichever you prefer to call them, to the end of the level and enter the door. Sounds simple right? Well yes and no. There first couple of levels break you in gently with easy puzzles to solve and how to use the mechanics. Nothing to hard and you will complete these rather quickly. Once you reach some of the later levels, you won’t become stuck to the point you’re unable to advance further. Sure you may pause and scrutinise your surroundings on what to do next, but you will always find a way to progress. Sometimes you’ll find that you can even choose from more than one route.

    What I found rather unique was that each of your arms are individually controlled by each other triggers when it comes to grabbing items or ledges. Dexterity is a key focal point and you need to become accustomed to this quickly or you will have a tough time. Ragdoll physics are well and truly applied, and can be fun to witness although the slow and clunky feel may cause some level of frustration. Such as using the rowing boat on the Water level which is difficult to say the least.

    Each level offers a unique theme and more obstacles and puzzles to solve as you advance further on your journey. There is no enemy to defeat either, just your own inept skills as you search for the exit. Even if you fall off the level you will just respawn a few seconds later and be allowed to carry on playing. Vehicles are also available to use as well as the aforementioned boats and with a second player involved the fun to be had will make this experience even more enjoyable. Unfortunately, there aren’t many levels in the game which is a minor niggle as the scope for more levels in Human Fall Flat is near limitless. I do believe DLC or even a level editor and share system would drastically expand the life expectancy and give gamers the chance to create their own dastardly puzzle laden levels. Really, this needs to happen.

    As for the music, short piano pieces occasionally pop up to accompany you through certain sections and whilst they don’t last long, they are executed well and are easy on the audible senses. Just a shame they don’t play out for the whole level. Instead, you are left with just sound effects and your own curse words when you fail a section repeatedly.

    Visually it’s not going to win any awards or impress people. A plain white avatar and simple smooth graphics is what’s on offer. But you can dress your avatar up with the edit option from the main menu to your own choosing. Even with the basic approach to visuals, it doesn’t prevent Human Fall Flat from being an enjoyable game and one that can amuse small kids. It really is a case of less is more here.

    I’ve found it hard to find any issues that would make me feel it’s not worth a purchase. If you’re into achievements then there are some fun and challenging ones available to attempt along with the obligatory ‘complete x level’ achievements. An extra dimension to the game that encourages a little exploration and random actions. Some are easy, and some are far more tricky. At its core, Human Fall Flat can be fun, more so with a second player and the physics are good for a bit of a laugh. Character control could be tighter, but this adds to the solution nature of the game.

    In all honesty, Human Fall Flat has been one of my favourite Indie games on 2017, and that’s down to how accessable it is. Climbing up ledges may prove awkward at first, but as soon as you have that nailed down you won’t struggle. Well, not to much anyway. The whole package is quite unique and quirky, allowing you to immerse yourself and play around with the physics and puzzles. No need for narrative here, just enjoy. Except for the yellow and black blocks that once picked up will offer you a short video explaining simple tasks you can perform.

    A download code was provided for this review by the developer/publisher
    Gameplay 7
    Graphics 6
    Audio 8
    Replay Value 7
    Value for Money 9
    Human Fall Flat

    Not a title that needs to be taken seriously at all. Just the right level of difficulty with a generous learning curve that lets you think about each step as you advance through the levels. Nothing is to confusing and will take a bit of thinking, you know, the "outside the box" variety. Every level is vastly different so as not to dull the senses and with some levels offering different ways through if you can find them, you're sure to have fun watching your human fall, fail and ragdoll its way through the game. As mentioned earlier, a level editor would give the game so much more and allow creative geniuses to showcase their talent.

    • Simple fun
    • Music
    • Excellent level design
    • No level editor
    • Not enough levels
    • Clunky controls

    About The Author

    Hi, I'm FullMoonBeaver, and I've been a gamer since 1986. Having played on, or owned nearly every system I thought that I'd start reviewing games. In a non journalistic kind of way, as I'm a gamer through and through. These days, I'm purely Xbox and a huge supporter of Indie games. Opinions are my own or the voices in my head.

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