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Downfall – Review

Downfall – Review


Some years ago, I saw screenshots of a point and click game that caught my attention. Its name was Downfall, it had a grim atmosphere and it looked scary. So I played it and I found what was one of the most f*cked up games I had ever played.

The original Downfall was published in 2009, in 2012 Rem Michalski from Harvester Games followed suit with The Cat Lady. The Cat Lady proved to be such a huge success to him, to the point that it allowed him to move back to Poland with his family (after having lived in England for 12 years) and work on his games full time. The Cat Lady also showed some degree of connection with Downfall and a bit later it was confirmed to be part of a trilogy (possibly called Devil Came Through Here, a recurring phrase in both games) announcing also that the last game would be called Lorelai and that he had the immediate plan of remaking Downfall before releasing Lorelai.


Remaking a game that’s not so old feels a bit weird, but he had his reasons. Mostly, as he points out in this interview, he thought the original game was sh*t. There were some uneven parts in that game and his art style had improved a lot so he brought it closer in style to what The Cat Lady was, and it was a great decision. This new style fits better to the game as everything is mostly black and white, with certain exceptions, especially the colour red and trust me when I say you’ll be seeing a lot of that.

The game starts when Joe Davies and his wife Ivy arrive at the Quiet Haven hotel for a romantic getaway because they’re going through a rough patch. After an argument between them, Ivy goes missing and Joe ends up going through a lot of strange things to try to get her back.The story remains more or less the same, although the aspects that didn’t work out well in the original have been removed, some things have been expanded upon and others are brand new but they fit like a glove, and there’s also an element of choice, depending on things we do or say we will get three different endings.

It’s obvious that this is not a game for everyone, but I still felt like I should say it anyway. It’s not only because of the amount of gore you might see in this game, but just because of the topics this game deals with. I mentioned at the start how the original Downfall was one of the most f*cked up games I’ve encountered but this game takes it several notches up. If you liked The Cat Lady or enjoy this kind of games, then go for it.

Downfall is available on Steam right now.