Man meets woman (or man meets man or woman meets woman – the game leaves you with the gender constellation), they fall in love, are happy, but their relationship is put to the test by a year-long breakup. The reason for this is a prestigious job in a distant city that part of the duo is taking on.
Both decide to continue their partnership as a long-distance relationship during this time. But despite modern means of communication, this is not so easy!
The theme of A Fold Apart is love at a distance. In about three hours you will witness moments in the life of the two protagonists, how they write text messages (sometimes the choice of words is up to you), misunderstand each other and then fall into brooding and doubt. This is not necessarily earth-shattering and at first it is not overly interesting to read. But after the first chapter the two grow dear to you and you want to know how things are going with them.
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The simple but charming story is embedded in an unusual puzzle mechanism. As the title suggests, it's about folding! In order to get out of the negative carousel of thoughts and advance in the relationship, the two heroes must get hold of stars. In addition, the entire area consists of painted paper sheets. When a character runs into the next screen, another leaf is created. Whenever you have to get a star in a level, you can fold the paper. Only right and left, later up and down and diagonally at the corners, and you can turn it in the last chapter too. By flipping the back forwards, you connect paths, for example, if you fold from the top back to the front, an annoying block falls down.
Difficult to explain and difficult to internalize at first, but always creative and after a while actually motivating and fun. Especially since you have the opportunity to let the game solve itself if you are really completely on the tube or are only interested in the story. The tips function is extremely generous and solves the puzzles in your place if desired.
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Technically, A Fold Apart offers what you can expect from a small indie studio. Colorful but simple cartoon look, rippling music and a control that works well on the whole. Only turning the corners is fiddly – often you instead accidentally fold vertically or horizontally. A big praise goes to the intelligent interlocking of the game principle with the topic of the story: Everything has two sides and viewing from different angles helps from supposedly hopeless situations. And that is exactly what you do in the game: You literally turn the page, look at messages from the partner from a different perspective and also alternate chapter by chapter, so experience the moments of crisis from two perspectives.
A good concept and a nice message – if you are currently in a long-distance relationship, you will definitely find yourself in one or the other moment of the short story. However, you should pay attention to the "short" – around 18 euros is a steep price for A Fold Apart, which has no replayability and has no further content apart from the story mode – as beautiful as it is. It would have been a good idea to integrate an online co-op part for couples living separately!
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If you have a good knowledge of English, you can and should select this language in the options. Because the thoughts of the protagonists are embedded in the environment as texts in English, graphic aids clarify the emotions behind them. In the case of anger, individual words are large, threatening and red, particularly important terms take on huge dimensions and the like. In German, nothing changes in the English texts, which are so nicely integrated into the game world, instead you also read the German translation as a separate display at the top of the screen. That distracts, on the other hand, it is of course to be welcomed that the port was also designed for players who prefer to experience A Fold Apart in German. No matter what language you start the puzzle adventure in – the message and story are universal and the puzzle mechanics are convincing! You have to decide whether you want to part with about 18 euros for the few hours of play forever.
A Fold Apart has been available for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One since April 17th.
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