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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

As Dusk Falls is an interactive Drama following two families that intertwine with each other over thirty years, set in Arizona. You can play on your own, but it's best in a group of up to 8 players who use a smartphone app to make choices, like PlayLink games on PlayStation.

You choose how characters interact and talk to each other and the choices they make. It's made from some of the team behind Detroit: Become Human and reflects similar aspects in storytelling. Ultimately, these decisions have an impact on the future of the story and shape what happens.

The game has a visual style similar to Heaven's vault, which resembles a stop-motion graphic novel but in a cinematic animated world. All dialogue is spoken and builds a mature narrative. With very few games like this it's a new and unique style that may develop in the future of popular narrative games.

It's a story that starts in the middle and then spirals out to encompass multiple points of view over a thirty year span. It explores the past, present and future of a single dramatic night. It asks questions about the influence of a toxic, but loving, family. Questions our power to really start over by moving home or changing jobs. And offers a chance to reflect on overcoming the past.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/07/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Int Night (@Int_Night)

 

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DurationDuration

We haven't documented duration data for this game yet.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game. You can play with up to 8 people co-operatively by using your phone to work with other players on decisions that impact your shared game. Throughout the story you make decisions that impact the outcome of the storyline. All players share the same point of view and vote for what decision they’d like to see play out.

Each additional player needs either the free As Dusk Falls companion app on their Android or iOS phone or a copy of the game if they are also on Xbox or PC. Just one person needs the game on the Xbox or PC.

Cross-Play: Play between console, PC and companion app (at least one person on console or PC).

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence, use of illegal drugs, strong language and prominent use of alcohol and tobacco. Violence is realistically presented, with several scenes showing characters being hit or shot with guns. In one scene, a character is struck with the butt of a gun, which knocks him to the ground. There is sight of illegal drugs being used, with characters shown taking ecstasy and smoking marijuana. In addition, there is a scene in which two characters inhale lighter fluid.

There are several scenes in which the player is given the opportunity to drink alcohol, and many characters are depicted smoking. This game contains use of strong language ('*!@?*'), as well as milder terms including '*!@?*', 'pussy', '*!@?*' and '*!@?*'. There is a scene in which a character is executed by lethal injection. The player only sees the character strapped down and a button being pressed to administer the first injection, rather than the full execution.
In another scene, it is implied that a couple are having sex. However, the sexual activity occurs off screen, with noises of creaking and moaning heard from the next room. Once the sex is finished, the scene moves to the bedroom, where the woman is seen getting off the man and going to sleep.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
 

CostsCosts

As Dusk Falls usually costs £24.99.
 

As Dusk Falls

Steam Store PC £24.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our As Dusk Falls Accessibility Report documents 23 accessibility features:
There's quite a bit of reading. As well as Text-to-Speech and Speech-to-Text for player-to-player communication, the game supports a screen reader:
  • Menu Narration: Enables menu UI to be read aloud by the screen reader.
  • Gameplay Narration: Enables in-game UI and important gameplay elements to be read aloud by the screen reader.

You can adjust the gameplay to ease cognitive load:
  • Hotspot Display Type: Allows the player to have all the hotspots stay on screen after being discovered, or to have them all appear from the beginning of the scene.
  • Quick Action Types: Allows the player to remove mashing interactions, or to set all interactions to require a single button tap or a hold.
  • Extended QTE Timer: All Quick Time Events (QTE) have a 10-second timer to finish. With this setting, for the Mash, you have a longer amount of time to do the same amount of mash but are still against the clock.
  • Choice Timer: Allows the player to disable timers in all choice scenes and Timed Hotspots.
  • Extended Override Timer: Extends the override timer (how long you get to override another player's choices) from 10 seconds to 20 seconds.

The game has an autosave which saves the game after a scene change or a big decision is made.

The background occasionally has flashing lights, such as the lights on top of a police car, and during decisions, the game also adds visual distortion to the background that can't be disabled. The game can also be dark and low-contrast at times.

Text that appears on in-game objects that is important to the plot, such as writing on a notepad, can also be displayed as subtitle-stye text at the bottom of the screen. The game's subtitles include the name of the speaker, but not their tone. Environmental sounds, such as a dog barking or a car skidding, are also shown.

When playing along using the smartphone app, you only need to use a single finger but could be asked to hold or swipe the screen, mirroring the console/PC action.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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