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Fatale

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Fatale is dubbed an interactive vignette by the authors and tells the story of the biblical character Salome. Young and naive, she is said to have pleased her stepfather with a seductive dance, acting as a proxy for her mother Herodias, to have John the Baptist killed. It is said Herodias bore a grudge against John for claiming her new marriage was unlawful. Salome is granted a favour because of her dance and asks for John's head as per her mother's instructions. Rather than retelling the story directly, this project also uses the loose drama interpretation by Oscar Wilde and presents various aspects of the story in three very different acts, without providing direct or linear answers.

In the first act, the player controls John the Baptist from a first-person perspective in the cistern where he has been locked up. Through a game mechanic based on veils, his thoughts are made clear and he can also get a hint of Salome's dance. The second act is the largest one and has an unknown protagonist. The player is able to float over and through the terrace where the dance took place. Much like the aftermath of a battle, all clues of the events are present and left for the player to explore, piece by, piece, using a puzzle mechanic. There are a few characters around, but these cannot be interacted with. Instead, the environment is presented as a living painting where the many aspects of the story are hinted at.

The third act is the least interactive one and requires the player to restart the game. It shows Salome's dance from a distance, with the option to zoom in according to a certain rule. The game is largely controlled through the mouse, along with a number of keys.

The concept of Fatale is more reminiscent to The Graveyard than Tale of Tales' previous project The Path, which takes much longer to complete. Some stylistic effects are inherited however, such as a dramatic zoom view, whispered words in the soundtrack, graphics with grain, and distorted colour effects.

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Fatale Windows Another light source
Fatale Windows Salome's dance
Fatale Windows A snapshot
Fatale Windows The guard stubbornly remains silent, though you can hear his heart race.

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The Press Says

The A.V. Club Windows Oct 12, 2009 B+ 83
The A.V. Club Macintosh Oct 12, 2009 B+ 83
GamersNET Windows Nov 16, 2009 7.3 out of 10 73
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 22, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Games Radar Windows Nov 05, 2009 7 out of 10 70
GameZebo Windows Jul 12, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Bit-Tech Windows Oct 11, 2009 5 out of 10 50
A Hardy Developer's Journal Windows Mar 25, 2010 1 out of 5 20

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