Fast Familiar: Bad Altitude

The perfect blend of storytelling and puzzles for an entertaining hour of hilarity

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

From the creators of the hit adventure National Elf Service, Bad Altitude is a Part interactive audio story, part puzzle game located 40,000 feet in the air.

It’s our first flight with AI Air, and we’ve been paired with the brilliant Rhys to ensure it runs smoothly. Spoiler…it doesn’t!

Think of the most bizarre incidents you can imagine happening on a commercial flight and you’ll not be far off the escapades we have to deal with to keep our passengers happy. Each situation is introduced by a bunch of vibrant characters who lure you so far into the story that you truly get invested. The thread below flaunts some of the brilliant, diverse team behind the voices and artwork:

In order to resolve each predicament you must complete a puzzle, only then can you progress to the next step of the story. There’s a mix of cyphers, math, deduction and internet sleuthing with difficulty levels suitable for a range of abilities.

The writing is hilarious and we were laughing throughout, as well as rooting for our pal Rhys. I’m always a sucker for a strong narrative and this was a great balance between puzzle solving and storytelling.

There’s even points in the game where you can choose where the story goes, and although we were all extremely happy with the direction our story followed I’m still intrigued to know what would have happened if we’d followed another route.

Fast Familiar have put a lot of effort into making sure the game is accessible, incorporating a chat box for those who aren’t using platforms such as Zoom and a transcript of the audio scenes clearly displayed as part of the interface.

Speaking of the interface, it’s beautiful.

The PDF files are easily accessible on the right, and solutions are entered into the work terminal. This is also where you can ask for a clue if you need one, or even skip a puzzle.

The game ends with a reminder to never leak the secrets of AI Air, so I’ve tried to keep this review as spoiler free as possible. All I can say is I highly recommend you virtually gather your friends and take a flight to see where the story takes you. You’ll have a laugh, get your puzzle solving fix and unravel a some hilarious anecdotes along the way.

Disclaimer: I wasn’t charged for this game, but this has in no way influenced my review.

Published by Rebecca

Rebecca writes about Board Games and Escape Rooms covering Scotland

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