Are you afraid of the shadows? Do you know what happens when you go into them? The main character is a shadow character, and he utilizes the shadow to move quickly through the map. Using the Shadow Core allows him to make his own path across the map, over gaps and obstacles, way up into the air, and even to block dangerous laser beams. Will you explore the land of Numbra with us? This is our review of Light Fall for Nintendo Switch.
Developed and published by Bishop Games, Light Fall on Nintendo Switch breaks into the platform gaming scene with its immersive story, a vast world to explore, and the ultimate freedom to control your character like never before.
As you travel through the world of Numbra you will face many obstacles that come across your path. There are crystals that are laid out on the ground that if you touch them your character will lose his life. There are also areas that have normal pitfalls where there is no ground below you, if you fall into these pitfalls you will also lose. As you traverse through the levels, you will see progressively harder beings of light or other manifestations that will try and hit you causing you to lose your life. Thankfully in this game, you can continue from the last checkpoint without worrying about too much.
Your journey starts as an Owl named Stryx walks you through the prologue of the story. You learn about the mystical gods of Numbra and how you have to find them. Stryx is a bit of a grouch sometimes so be careful, he will either give you helpful hints or mock the fact that you failed to accomplish your goals again. He is a side character that doesn’t give any in-game change for your character, but he does act as the in-game narrator of the story. He will give you information about this weird world where darkness prevails over the light.
While you are jumping and running across the map there will come a time when you just can’t move any further without assistance. This is where the Shadow Core comes into play for you. The Shadow Core is a block that you are able to use in succession to jump and move further into the map. It lets you create four or five of them in a row to move into the air, or across giant gaps that you would normally perish by falling into them. The core also gives you the ability to control certain machines in the game. At points, you will find a boat that you can use and the core becomes like a steamboat wheel, and there are spots where you can’t pass without turning a device almost like a water wheel to be able to pass through. One last feature of the Shadow Core is the ability to block the random laser beam obstacles you will find throughout the game.
This game performs well as a 2D platformer. It feels like a mix of Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog with the Shadow Core feature added into it. With your friend Stryx, you will attempt to save the dark world of Numbra from whatever comes your way. You will lose yourself in hours of gameplay and platformer fun. Light Fall is available now for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Macintosh operating systems. The game comes in at the low price of $14.99 USD or its equivalent elsewhere.
Note: Our copy was reviewed on Nintendo Switch with a code provided by PR.