The Fog Fall 2
New from Pastel Games and Mateusz Skutnik, creator of Covert Front, the Submachine series, and The Great Escape series, comes a sequel to last year's desolate adventure, The Fog Fall. After escaping the shelter in the previous game, The Fog Fall 2 begins right where you left off, standing victorious on the grassy ground above. Apocalyptic war zones are never a place to hang around and celebrate, however, and so your quest continues with a broken-down truck, a few well-dressed soldiers, and some mutants hiding in the fields.
Item and inventory puzzles are the name of the game in The Fog Fall 2, so prepare to click every corner and examine every object you see. Items you collect are stored at the bottom of the screen, and to use them simply click on an item followed by the area you wish to use it on. It's also a good idea to think of logical uses for objects you gather, then aim your cursor at spots you think they could be used, just in case you can take a closer look at things...
As you investigate the town you'll find a number of items useful to your quest. A townsfolk or two provide a helping hand, though if you ask me, they'd be a lot more helpful if they'd just give up their items without asking me to rummage through every house on the block. But that's not much of a game, is it?
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Analysis: The artwork in all of Pastel Games' titles has this smooth, graphic novel feel to it, and the look fits perfectly into the world of browser gaming. The Fog Fall 2, much like Covert Front and Submachine, conveys a desolate world using pastel colors, dull tones, and sparse but chilling ambient sound effects. It's the sort of bleakness that's palpable, but not overwhelming, which pulls you into the game world without burying you in it. In other words, the exact level of investment you want in a casual browser game.
The Fog Fall 2 seemed a bit easier than its predecessor, and you can probably charge through in half an hour or so, depending on your adventuring skills. It was interesting to be able to roam freely in the shelter where the first Fog Fall game took place. Not only did this heighten the story's sense of progression, it also gave you a little ego boost right from the start. "Remember this place? Yeah, you broke out of there! Good job!"
The Fog Fall 2 is a great game to get tangled up with for half an hour. Let's hope we don't have to wait another year for the next installment!