2D platformers with a good sense of humor aren’t very common, but FiolaSoft Studio‘s sci-fi romp BLACKHOLE changes this in the DRM-free GOG version.
Indie games are known for the punishing difficulty when it comes to jumping from one platform to another without getting crushed or pierced through in the process, something that was constantly part of Super Meat Boy. But they’re rarely known for telling an engaging story with memorable characters. This is something that BLACKHOLE proves to be actually working in its story about a spaceship’s coffeemaker and an A.I. trying to find a way off the planet Entity where the whole crew crash-landed, but decided to rather stay indoors than face the dangers outside.
Usually one gets a rather non-existent story in platformers if they don’t rely on cutscenes as in so many 3D examples from Naughty Dog or Rare fame. So it’s a surprise to see so much dialogue in a game that is all about precision and getting safely from one level to the next with ever-changing gravity. It’s genuinely funny with some great voice acting in addition to lovely hand-drawn characters and varied alien backgrounds, the A.I. with its sarcastic remarks being a highlight, as it’s very reminiscent of GLaDOS from the Portal series, which is never a bad thing. Maybe it’s too much talk with many jokes being missed due to the high difficulty, but at least one experiences a narrative that is different from the standard jump and die fare.
The game has been out for over a year, but it’s now available for the first time on GOG in its standard or complete edition, the latter featuring lots of cool extras, like 3 DLCs, an artbook, the soundtrack, developer diaries, a playable prototype of the game, printable artwork, wallpapers, and collector cards. The game is also on offer with a 70% discount that will last until November 24, 1:59 PM UTC.
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