Falling Forever

“Two thumbs up! Props for killing the main character!”

Heh.

How about a delightful little time killer in the form of Falling Forever?

As the name would imply, in Falling Forever, you are, well, forever falling down a chamber.  You don’t get to fall free, though.  Of course not, what would be the fun in that?  No, it would probably be wise of you to kind of avoid the deadly laser at the bottom of the chamber.  Also, while we’re at it, let’s try to steer clear of the deadly laser at the TOP of the chamber as well.

The only way to do this, though, is to temporarily land on one of the bubbles that drift continuously upwards (they, unlike you, are impervious to the deadly lasers).  But don’t get too comfortable; the bubbles only last for so long.

There’s hardly a beginning, and no end–your goal is to simply stay alive as long as possible.  One expects that you would have to eat, drink, and go to the bathroom at some point, and sleep, I suppose, but trust me, none of these will become pressing before the deadly lasers eventually become MORE pressing.

In other words, this game is about deadly lasers, and doing everything you can to avoid them.

Simple as all get out, you steer your guy with the WASD keys.  A and D steer you left and right as you free fall.  S speeds up your descent, just in case, you know, you’re REALLY in a rush to meet with the previously mentioned deadly lasers.  And W lets you jump from one bubble to the next.

Like all quality casual games, Falling Forever is simple, but enjoys a layer of complexity beneath the simplicity.  As a quick five minute endeavor, it’s left, right, and jump, when until the deadly lasers consume you, and they will… often.

But as you get more practiced you will find that the control over your character is rather tight, and the physics, while nothing particularly special, are solid enough for you to start mapping out strategies.  Wall slides are thrown in, and once I used a wall slide to shoot me across the room much faster and farther than I expected (and, as a result, straight into the deadly lasers).

Finally, how long you stay on the bubbles also becomes a matter of control.  A white ring forms within the bubbles, and the more it shrinks, the higher you can jump.  This requires timing, and waiting too long will result in dumping you straight down, more often than not straight into the deadly lasers.

One of the funnest parts of the game, though, is its sense of humor.  If you stopped reading a few paragraphs ago, you’ll probably miss it the first few dozen times you play (which should take all of five minutes).  But you’ll eventually notice that not only does the game kill you repeatedly with deadly lasers, it MOCKS you as it does it via dialogue down below.

The obvious catch is that while the mocking is part of what makes the game so fun, it is also highly distracting, and while you’re reading about how you should just go ahead and jump into the deadly lasers because you can do anything you put your mind to, you probably just missed the bubble you were shooting for, and landed in those very same deadly lasers.

Don’t worry, the little dialogue box will inform you of your fate a split second after it happened though.

Not exactly an epic game, Falling Forever is definitely fun and worth your time.

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