Freedom Fall is a diabolical down-scrolling platformer set in a prison tower so tall it touches the clouds. Presented with hand painted art, its old school vibe mixes with fast-paced free falling action and a story with both dark wit and heart.
User reviews: Very Positive (191 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 10, 2014
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June 18

Freedom Fall Update: Hard Mode + 2 new levels

Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to let you all know that an update for the game should be out soon! The update will include the following:

- Two new levels - Bombard and Chainmoor
- Hard mode available
- Extra posters from the princess to find in secret areas
- New Princess chase area in Electrified
- Improved performance in Garden and Sharkie levels
- More traps are destroyable or responsive to bombs
- New achievements

If you have any issues with the update please let us know!

- The Stirfire Team

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“Freedom Fall is an absolute joy to play.”
10 – Impulse Gamer

About This Game

Freedom Fall is a diabolical down-scrolling platformer set in a prison tower so tall it touches the clouds. Presented with hand painted art, its old school vibe mixes with fast-paced free falling action and a story with both dark wit and heart. With the promise of freedom for those who escape, find your way through the traps and mechanical monstrosities set up by a twisted princess who you'll wish was in another castle. As your bid for freedom continues you start to see that things aren't quite as they seem. In the end you'll determine who is guilty and who is innocent … but until then there are lots of deathtraps to avoid, killer balloons to bounce off, jetboards to ride and even a dragon to fight!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Atom 1.33Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 945 Express
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.6Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 945 Express
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game was awesome but I died alot and it was because I kept reading what the princess put on the wall that B**** is crazy lol
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I diecide to spend some money on this game. I spend only 1,5 hour. But... GOD IT WAS WORTH.
Beautyfully graphic, really nice gameplay and only minus is lenght. Yet it make no problem. Soon i ll back to that game, find second ending, gain some achievments and probbably take more fun.

It's worth spending money on this game ;)
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Similar to BotW in design and frustration/boredom; you are required to re-do levels 3 times, one for each achievement category... the achievements are the only thing keeping me playing.

7/10
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18.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
A very basic, yet fun platformer that is fun and challenging enough to not pull your hair out for pixel perfect platforming. Although the game is rather short, the controls are solid and there is a amusing story being told here. Definitely a game for those who like platforming, but not as serious as other famous platformers.

For achievement hunters, with some effort, 100% achievement is definitely doable for easy stats.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This might be my favorite platformer ever. I love how easy it is to restart right back where you were if you mess up, and how cool the "go down" mechanic is, and the way the story is told through paint on the wall is THE BEST. Please play this game.
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Remove the portal gun from Portal, halve the budget, but retain the fun, speed, puzzles, and wit, and you have Freedom Fall. It's a 2-d platformer that has you going down an impossibly large tower, run by a rather psychotic, but humorous, mute princess. The puzzles and platforming are fun, often requiring good timeing and speed, but what will keep people playing is the hilarious and often dark commentary. See, nothing is voiced in game, but the princess who runs the tower loves to write on the walls. She will reveal her past, tease you, lie to you, or even joke and admire you, like in Portal, and the writing is often quite funny...and grim...but still funny. They also do some intersting things with the idea of respawns and how it plays into the narrative.

Overall, a fun game. It's only about 2-3 hours long if you just run through it without trying to get high scores, but still, I enjoyed it. Fun and funny little title.
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1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Fun game, good writing and humor. Beat it in an hour and 20m .. Unless you're a completionist there isn't much gameplay, but what there is is damn good. Pick it up on sale or in a bundle on the cheap.
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2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I've completed the game and glad to see the girl not dead. ;)

This game has crazy story and very funny.
Controls are very smooth. Graphic is nice. Very addictive.

9/10 - It's another good platformer game. Try this out.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great take on the classical platformer tropes and awesome writing. The princess who perfectly fits into the uncanny valley between "Insane" and "A total nutjob" won my heart.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Short but sweet. Would not recommend trying to get all acheivements on this one.
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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Here is another game i found myself enjoying and yet got to the end and thought "IS THAT IT".
The game itself is great,good graphics (cartoon anyone),good music and addictive gameplay and then when you realise all this its over.
Its a great free running game (you start at the top of a tower imprisoned and must get to the bottom) and you also gain new gear as you play (esential on some later levels-but there is an acheivement you can get for not getting any gear so it must be possible to get to the bottom without using any).
A lot of levels are just making your way down and are quite easy and then comes some of the levels where you actually have to think about how to progress (avoid this trap and avoid that gust of wind) but its not really that hard or that challenging (will say though that some acheivements wont be easy to get).
So why reccomend it then,well its still a great game and worth your time but i would pick it up in a sale or wait for it to be bundled (will happen at some point),as its over far to quick and i did feel a little short changed.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
I didn´t expect much going into this game. Another platformer in my library, but i wanted to give this game at least fair chance to show up.

And oh boy, it delivers.

I really get hooked from first moment. Not by gameplay mechanics, cute visuals, or perfectly fitted music.
Writings on the walls really sucked me in. I wanted to know more about what is going on, who is this spoiled bats**t crazy little princess, what my convicted felon character did and how to to get out.
It was pleasant, fairly challenging also really hard journey at some stages (my lack of patience really didn't help tho).

I can't recommend this more. If you want to spend couple hours tilting and having fun, Freedom Fall will do the service.

8.5/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Freedom Fall is a platformer that will test your reflexes.

Set in a beautiful steampunk world, the game rewards patience. It starts pretty easy, but the later levels are brutal. You'll die a lot, and you know what? You don't feel discouraged. The soundtrack is so relaxing that will keep you zen all the time. Also, the controls are very responsive, so you'll never be bothered by silly mistakes.

All in all, I recommend this game for every platformer lover. You can finish the game with less than two hours, but if you are an achievement hunter, you'll have a lot of fun post-ending with hard but rewarding tasks.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I just finished (but not 100% completed) this game and would recommend it. The plot is amusing (sort of like Portal if GladOS was a traditional RPG Princess and Chell had a hang glider, bombs and a ridiculous jump height instead of a portal gun), the soundtrack atmospheric and the ending is epic. It is too short, as a lot of reviewers have said, but I think the difficulty of the game and the replayability through the different challenges makes up for it. The only major flaws are that some of the achievements are still faulty and it won't run on computers that don't support DirectX 11.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
A nifty little platformer. It's got a nice sense of whimsy, and most of it being downward instead of sideways is a neat touch.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Freedom Fall is a short but extremely fun 2D action platformer where you play as Marsh, a prisoner in an enormously high tower. Your only chance to see the light of day again is to make your way down the tower while avoiding to die by the loads of flaming, spiking, buzzing and exploding traps and machineries, that the slightly crazy Princess has decorated the tower with.

STORY
The story is presented in a pretty cool way: There aren't any actual dialogues that distract you from the actual gameplay but instead the Princess communicates with you through writings on the tower walls (she is mute, anyway :p). The press describes it as a "reverse Rapunzel story" because you actually have to get away from the Princess instead of saving her. While fitting, there's also an inarguable similarity to Portal - if GlaDOS would be a medieval Princess who likes dragons. The basic idea of the "Escape-to-Freedom"-theme also reminded me a bit of the movie Running Man.

HUMOR
The game has an absolutely great sense of humour, which is both cute and cynical. It's subtle enough to not make you feel like you NEED to laugh or chuckle now - you just do because it's genuinely funny without trying to hard. Charming all the way through.

VISUALS
Visually, the game looks great and thankfully isn't another wannabe-retro 8-bit mess. All the art in the game is hand-drawn by concept artist Lisa Rye and has a colorful and vibrant feel to it. Especially Marsh and the Princess look absolutely awesome.

GAMEPLAY
As a nice change from the typical sidescrolling platformers, the gameplay is all about getting to the bottom of the tower. To do so, you have to utilize gadgets like bombs, gliders, double jumps or hover boards, which you can unlock by purchasing them for cogs and bolts that you have to collect throughout the levels. Unfortunately, the levels don't really vary in terms of gadget utilization, so you can effectively beat the game with the glider gadget only without ever touching the double jump or hover board gadget. A missed opportunity.

It's also sort of a precision platformer but due the relatively slow pace of the game (there aren't any visible timers or such that put you under pressure), it's not even remotely as stressful as, say, Super Meat Boy, so you can actually take your time and plan out the safest or most rewarding path downwards. There also are a few "racing" sections where you need to be fast, but they never get to the point where you feel like you need to be inhuman to beat them.

Dying is part of the game (I did so 206 times during my playthrough), so you will definitely get squashed, smashed, sliced, spiked, burned, bombed and electrocuted a lot, but thanks to the frequently placed checkpoints, it's not much of an annoyance and instead actually motivates you to just be better on your next try.

PLAYTIME & REPLAYABILITY
With roughly 2 hours for my first playthrough, the game definitely is rather short and can be beaten in one sitting if you wish to do so. However, the game features multiple endings and while I don't know how much the story varies after the split points, this definitely adds quite a bit to the replayability because it gets you intrigued as to how the story unfolds towards another ending.

Additionally, if you're a fan of leaderboards, you can try to make it to the top by finishing levels under death/time or over cog par and unlock their respective achievements. A hard mode is also available, but I have yet to try it, so right now I can't really say what the difference between normal and hard is.

CONCLUSION
I've gotten this game through a bundle and while it didn't look like a must-play-right-now type of game to me, I went on and actually tried it - and I'm absolutely glad I did. It's refreshing, fun and fairly casual, yet challenging enough to not get boring, but ultimately it's the humour and the writings and drawings that kept me going on until the end.

At it's regular non-sale price (8,99€/£6.99/$9.99) some people might consider the game overpriced for what few content it has to offer, so those people are probably better off waiting for a sale or until the game pops up in another bundle, but if you're looking for ~2 hours of great humour and fun action platforming right now, Freedom Fall should be the game of your choice!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
This game is short, but it's a fairly difficult platformer with a dark sense of humour that I often smiled at.

You do have to play through the entire game a few times to get all the achievements, but the branching paths (with at least three different endings) and the writing make me look forward to it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
A fun and short, likely 2 hours tops on first playthrough, vertical-oriented platformer. You pretty much start at the top of a level and make your way down through various obstacles. There are no enemies to contend with. You get a couple of upgrades like a double-jump and the ability to glide but the game can be beat without them. Dying results in an instant respawn and checkpoints are plentiful so this is the big reason the game is so short, as you'll never have to replay large chunks of levels, you're always moving forward and progressing. Controls are solid, though the gameplay can be rather simple at times, especially early on.

The art is nice, but the one thing that separates the game from other similar titles is the princess's use of painted messages throughout the levels. They're frequent and usually amusing and charming. I had as much fun reading them as I did from making my way through the level themselves.

I place a lot of value on amount of fun had from a game rather than the length, and I always prefer a shorter experience that I enjoyed throughout than playing a game that's 20 hours long and just okay or average, so Freedom Fall's short length didn't bother me in the slightest and I can see myself revisiting it in the future. I'm certainly interested in whatever title this developer comes up with next as they made a rather simple game a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
10/10. Precise mechanics. No arbitrary BS. Nice artwork. Awesome storytelling ( i can actually hear the girl's voice in my head as i read those scribblings on the wall).

Worth.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Freedom Fall is a beautiful down scrolling platformer that honors the games of yesteryear while feeling surprisingly fresh. The visuals are fantastic and the sly humor adds a nice touch. This game is, however, quite short, and most of the music just sort of faded into the background for me which is a huge missed opportunity. I would rate it a solid 7 out of 10. Surely worth a playthrough.
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