Human: Fall Flat is a physics-based puzzler featuring Bob, a builder struggling with recurring falling dreams. Like most dreams, Bob’s are based on his life experiences, memories, hopes, and fears. But unlike most dreams, Bob’s are filled with bizarre and dangerous puzzles. Playing as Bob, your goal is to work through this dreamscape and discover the hidden meaning behind these puzzling dreams!
This game stresses its protagonist’s simple humanity: Bob is just a regular dude, and aside from his hands, feet, and environment, he has no tools at his disposal. This may seem odd, since Bob is a builder, but maybe Bob lacks his tools in the way some dreamers lack a voice when they try to scream in a nightmare: since a dream is not real life, something is always awry, and the dreamer must work with their environment (to the best of their ability) to make any kind of progress inside their dream.
Because Bob is your only immediate tool, it’s important that you learn how to control him and understand what he can do. He can climb, grab, pull, push, break, and carry many of the items in his dreamscape. The controls required to perform these tasks are simple enough, but may take some time to master. Just rest assured that helpful and funny tutorials will walk you through the more difficult movements! (Also rest assured that you don’t have to play as a white blob, since Bob’s clothing is customizable.)
Although you’ll have control over Bob’s body, you’ll find that he’s quite clumsy and awkward (at least in his dreams), so you might struggle with getting him to do what you want him to do. This may frustrate some players, but we actually loved Bob’s clumsiness because it adds a layer of challenge and a good dose of hilarity. When playtesting for this review, we loved laughing at each other’s struggles, and this was one of our favorite parts of the game.
We love this game’s graphics: they’re simple, clean, and bright, and they look great on Switch! We would’ve liked to see more color, but overall, the muted tones work well; they add a layer of seriousness to this title while emphasizing the fact that this is a dreamscape rather than a reflection of reality. The music you’ll hear also works well to this end; it fits perfectly as a soundtrack to a dreamscape, and it adds an additional layer of seriousness, perhaps indicating that your quest to solve the mystery of Bob’s recurring dreams is extremely important.
With Human: Fall Flat on Switch, you get gorgeous graphics, immersive sound, customizable characters, an interactive 3D environment, split-screen co-op mode, convenient portability, and endless hours of fun. If you know you’re not into physics-based puzzlers, then this game is likely not for you. But if you have a creative and imaginative mind and this review has piqued your interest, then the sky really is your only limit, and Human: Fall Flat might just become one of your favorite indie titles!
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Curve Digital
Developer – No Brakes Games
Price – $14.99
Genre – Platformer
Size – 1.2GB
Nick and Sarah are the ultimate gaming couple. Nick is a Super Mario Maker 2 enthusiast, but working with Nintendeal has fostered a love for tough-as-nails indies such as Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, and Cuphead. Sarah prefers sim games like Animal Crossing, Don’t Starve, and Stardew Valley, but she challenges herself by grinding Slay the Spire from time to time.