Fade Away: Overview and Review

A boy meets a girl, they fall in love, and they spend the rest of their lives in happiness together.


Sounds perfect doesn’t it?


But what happens when you wake up one morning to find that the love of your life is missing?

Welcome to Fade Away!

When I saw this trailer it made me cry! I couldn’t wait to play the game!

What is Fade Away?

Fade Away began as a school project for six students at JAMK. The team consists of three programmers and three content creators.

I actually spoke with one member of the team via email and learned that the game was originally planned to be in black and white. But, during a brainstorming coffee break the guys noticed a red leaf on the ground and inspiration stuck.

The team began working on the project under the working title, Inverse, in September 2016.


The first plan was to use the Phaser framework, but they decided to go with the Unity 3D game engine to give the moody, 2D platformer a better look and feel.

They worked for a year and published their project in September 2017, right on schedule.

Fade Away is available on Steam for $5 (USD).

The Game

Ok, so you’ve woken up and your partner is gone.

What do you do?

Go find her!


Immediately the red leaves come into play. As you pick them up you’ll see the stack of them building in the upper left corner.

What do the leaves do?

Press spacebar and:



You’re in another dimension and you can jump a lot higher and farther than you could before.

That’s the main component to Fade Away.

You have to switch back and forth between the dimensions (sometimes in mid-air) to complete each level.

Pick up leaves along the way.

If you run out of leaves you die!


This is a puzzle game in the truest sense of the word.


Each level has puzzles that you have to solve to get through, and the difficulty increases as you move along. You may have to push a box or roll a boulder.

Pro Tip: You may need to switch dimensions several times to solve the puzzle and get past the obstacle.


The Verdict

Overall, I was really impressed with Fade Away!

The soundtrack really sets the mood and draws you into the journey.

The graphics are very cool. These guys kept it simple in a great way. I love the black and white with the red spots of color to give a little pop!

The puzzles are challenging but not so difficult that you want to give up.

This is an emotional indie game that pulls you into the character and you really feel for this little guy and want him to find his companion.

Rating: 9/10

I have not been compensated in any way for this review. This is just me sharing my experiences and opinions.


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