Tomorrow marks the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, which began on 9 November 1989. All Walls Must Fall is a game about a future Berlin where the wall never fell, developed by the Berlin studio inbetweengames, and to celebrate the date is half price for a week (making it £5.49 on Steam).
Now, I don't get out of bed to write about discounts on just any old game. All Walls Must Fall has ideas, style, and the excellent Matt Wales loved his time with it:
All Walls Must Fall unfolds in an alternate-timeline version of future Berlin, caught in an endless temporal loop of nocturnal Cold War espionage and bohemian dance floor decadence. It’s a time-shifting tactical shooter with a fascinating core premise that, despite surface similarities to other titles, is quite unlike anything I’ve played in recent times.
I have another motive. Naturally, the first thing anyone thinks of with the Berlin Wall is David Hasselhoff. Is it true, did he end the Cold War? Last year we attended a bizarre Call of Duty press conference starring the Hoff, and below is the bit where he talks about East Germany as his 'Elvis period.' Really.
Journalist: I'm from Germany and, obviously you know everyone in Germany loves the Hoff [...] would you like to be the German president?
David Hasselhoff: I'd probably win. It's bizarre. I don't want to be president Hoff. Right now, I'd rather run for president of the United States. I've no idea what's going on in our country. I don't know if anyone does. Even now, eight or nine days from the election.
The best thing about being in Germany is the fans are amazing. [...] It's been an amazing ride over there. Especially with the Berlin Wall: being asked by National Geographic to do a special – it's really a cool special, if you ever get a chance and you like National Geographic, you'll love this – it really tells the story of the Berlin Wall and tells what everyone went through. I was honoured because I could go into East Germany before the wall came down. That was what I call my Elvis period, I could go wherever I wanted. I went down to Soweto and they said 'We're going to put you on the blacklist because you're stirring apartheid.' So I said 'Put me at the top because I'm going in to see the people' and I did and it was awesome.
Words to live by.