fault is a series of Science Fantasy Cinematic Novels using a unique 3D Camera system for a visually immersive reading experience. Follow Selphine, the bubbly, happy-go-lucky Princess and her sharp-witted, but slightly misanthropic Royal Guardian Ritona, on their journey of a lifetime back to their homeland of Rughzenhaide.
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Release Date: Aug 9, 2013

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August 2

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July 13

fault - milestone one; Revised

Hi folks.

This is a HUGE update. Probably biggest and most significant of them all so far.

Some of you already know but we and Sekai Project have been working on a second set of translations for milestone one that is 100% faithful to the original Japanese text. It is consistent with the tone of ms2a as well because they are both done now by the same person. This update has been in the works for a very long time now and we hope you all enjoy either a second read or the first more accurate dive into the world of fault.

Also very importantly, the original version is not gone! It will be forever saved on a branch where you can always revert to if you liked the first version. But from this point on, the author of the series, Munisix, considers the second version (the one that will be automatically downloaded when purchased by default) canon.

Thanks again!

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About This Game

This version on Steam is the Director's Cut version that has additional content and features from the original Japanese release, all thanks to our Kickstarter backers. You can switch to Japanese by pressing the J key on your keyboard, or back to English with the E key.

fault is a series of Science Fantasy Cinematic Novels using a unique 3D Camera system for a visually immersive reading experience, which follow the story of a princess named Selphine and her Royal Guardian Ritona. When a sudden assault devastates their homeland of Rughzenhaide, the two are forced to escape… but somehow end up teleported into an unknown forest full of vegetation they don’t recognize. The atmosphere is thick and heavy. There is no sign of life, which is very unusual for such a lush forest. Something is wrong about the land… But they are too startled to notice what.

Who were the attackers and what was their goal?
Where did Selphine and Ritona end up?
Will the two make it home safely?
And more importantly, what has happened to their homeland?

Follow Selphine, the bubbly, happy-go-lucky Princess and her sharp-witted but slightly misanthropic Royal Guardian Ritona, on their journey of a lifetime back to their homeland of Rughzenhaide.

fault's episodes are called "milestones" and scheduled to be released periodically, created by ALICE IN DISSONANCE, brought to you by Sekai Project.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: x86/x86_64
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Tyler
6.5 hrs
Posted: August 24
Purchased this ages ago on sale and forgot about it. So, one day, I decide to play it and realised that all this time I've had a gem of a VN just waiting in my Steam library. It's quite short so I finished it in a day but the superb: writing, story, characters and art easily makes up for it. Honestly a brilliant gem of a game.

TL;DR I would HIGHLY recomend picking this game up.

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Admiral
8.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
Art, music, and story are tip top.
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Ness1228
5.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
The last Visual Novel that evoked a wide range of emotions from me - ranging from exhiliration, anticipation, excitement, happiness, and even fear - was Fate/Stay Night.

Fault - Milestone One is beautifully written and executed in such an elegant manner that it honestly feels like you're part of the adventure as it unfolds. What amazed me the most was how they integrated fantasy elements (e.g. mana and magics) with the development of real-world appliances and devices with very believable in-universe justifications. I think this serves to only amplify the immersion even further.

The music is absolutely fantastic and fits each setting, and the use of dynamic camera shifts and CGs serves to emphasize the story.

As for length, Fault Milestone One took me about 5 hours to comfortably read from start to finish. There's one 'choice' you can make early on (if you can even call it a choice), but all it changes is a few lines of dialogue that take place after; the rest of the story is a kinetic novel, so sit back and enjoy the wild ride.

Minor spoiler: It ends with a very abrupt plot twist followed immediately by a cliffhanger that hit me like a truck. I look forward to diving headfirst into Fault Milestone Two.
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sseviyyx
32.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
erm... look like plot twist...
why did you guys telling the side story first...
but its amazing... having the feels from this story of the family..
for the character... amazing pretty gurl ..
the heroine nor the villain all very extremly cute...
it is increased my amount number of waifu lawl...


well..
8.5
for this game.. nice game nice story i thought

regards
sennank aka sseviyyx :D
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lloegyryo
13.0 hrs
Posted: August 14
I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story. The suspense compelled me to keep reading and made me miss some sleep time.
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UltimateTrifecta
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
Great art and sound albeit a bit short. Part of a trilogy but the plot for part one is self-contained and interesting enough to tell a great story.
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Lightsaak
6.8 hrs
Posted: August 11
A great emotional VN, my only regret is that i didnt start this earlier.
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maliksusanto
8.4 hrs
Posted: August 9
==UPDATED==

I decide to update the review or perhaps fully rewrite it all from the beginning.

==========================================
Story : 9/10
==========================================
Fault Milestone one is a visual novel that present an interesting world and story to the reader, we will be following the adventure of Selphine Rughzenhaide and her royal guard, Ritona Reighnvhasta, trying to get back to their (destroyed) empire after having an unexpected problem during teleportation, they teleported to unknown land but after little investigation they found themself teleported to the other side of the planet (Land of Science, our character live in Land of Magic).
During their travel, they meet with several unique character, one of them will be joining the travel at the late game, it's about adventure and friendship.......... but don't you ever think that this visual novel is about adventure and friendship, there's a twist that going to turn this visual novel into one of hell a f*cked up story, it become "race against time" and "friendship or life".
The world in this Visual Novel is really interesting, The world is divided into two, Place where people believe in Science and People that believe in Magic(It almost like Western and Eastern). Our character is from Magic World and they teleported to Sceience World, there's a lot of the scene revolve in Culture Shock Topic and many of the conversation is about difference between science and magic socienty.

Character : 8/10
==========================================
Character in this Visual Novel is interesting and Likeable, every character is developed really well and they always have something unexpected that we cannot predict (like the ending where Selphine is..... ah spoiler :^) )
Just be prepared for mind blowing reveal about the character.
the only bad part in fault is not all introduced character is presented in the story especially the antagonist, the one who invade the castle at the prologue
*Melano best grill

==========================================
Art/Grapich : 10/10
==========================================
Stunning and Beautiful, the UI is minimalist but it doesn't mean it's bad, in fact, it's really good and fit the game.
Character design is really good, Charaters sprites and CG is drawn pretty well (oh~ waifus!!!).
This Visual Novel use unique 3D Camera system for immersive reading experience, to be honest it's not really immersive but it does give interesting reading experience and give more cinematic feel to the novel.

==========================================
Music/Sound : 10/10
==========================================
4 words : Absolutely.beautiful.worth.buy
It just f*ckin good to listen.
too bad the game is not voiced (yes, it's not voiced)

==========================================
Enjoyment : 10/10
==========================================
I really enjoy this visual novel, honestly i'm not fans of fantasy genre but this one is exception for me because the story is really good. Well, maybe this Visual Novel is fulfill my need for fanfic about fantasy and sci-fi world.


==========================================
CONCLUSION
==========================================
I recommended this Visual Novel, especially.... when you're into To Aru series (Index/Railgun), the premise is little bit similar except the time setting is different (To Aru = Modern Age, fault = Medieval age, or Late Medieval).
Story : Check
Twist : Check
Music : Check
Art : Check
Character : Check
Enjoyment : Check
What are you waiting for, READ IT!!
Also, don't forget to grab the sequel because the ending is so f*cking horrible that i really like it and wanted to read the second game right away.
Pardon my english, it's not my first language but what important from this review is the score and i recommended it
*Melano best girl
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demanrisu
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 8
I made it about two minutes in before quitting for good. The writing is an absolute mess - it's like it hasn't even had an editor look at it. The tense randomly changes between sentences, the prose is purple, and it's just... so... frustrating... to read.

I'm sure the story is nice, right? I'd love to learn more about the setting. But I can't get past the writing.
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Viper
13.2 hrs
Posted: August 6
Good VN. Good Story. Nice Art. Although there was a part where the events unfold too fast. No voice over so a bit disappointing in that as well. Overall a good game. This is about a 6/10 game for me.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
A great emotional VN, my only regret is that i didnt start this earlier.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Great art and sound albeit a bit short. Part of a trilogy but the plot for part one is self-contained and interesting enough to tell a great story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story. The suspense compelled me to keep reading and made me miss some sleep time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
==UPDATED==

I decide to update the review or perhaps fully rewrite it all from the beginning.

==========================================
Story : 9/10
==========================================
Fault Milestone one is a visual novel that present an interesting world and story to the reader, we will be following the adventure of Selphine Rughzenhaide and her royal guard, Ritona Reighnvhasta, trying to get back to their (destroyed) empire after having an unexpected problem during teleportation, they teleported to unknown land but after little investigation they found themself teleported to the other side of the planet (Land of Science, our character live in Land of Magic).
During their travel, they meet with several unique character, one of them will be joining the travel at the late game, it's about adventure and friendship.......... but don't you ever think that this visual novel is about adventure and friendship, there's a twist that going to turn this visual novel into one of hell a f*cked up story, it become "race against time" and "friendship or life".
The world in this Visual Novel is really interesting, The world is divided into two, Place where people believe in Science and People that believe in Magic(It almost like Western and Eastern). Our character is from Magic World and they teleported to Sceience World, there's a lot of the scene revolve in Culture Shock Topic and many of the conversation is about difference between science and magic socienty.

Character : 8/10
==========================================
Character in this Visual Novel is interesting and Likeable, every character is developed really well and they always have something unexpected that we cannot predict (like the ending where Selphine is..... ah spoiler :^) )
Just be prepared for mind blowing reveal about the character.
the only bad part in fault is not all introduced character is presented in the story especially the antagonist, the one who invade the castle at the prologue
*Melano best grill

==========================================
Art/Grapich : 10/10
==========================================
Stunning and Beautiful, the UI is minimalist but it doesn't mean it's bad, in fact, it's really good and fit the game.
Character design is really good, Charaters sprites and CG is drawn pretty well (oh~ waifus!!!).
This Visual Novel use unique 3D Camera system for immersive reading experience, to be honest it's not really immersive but it does give interesting reading experience and give more cinematic feel to the novel.

==========================================
Music/Sound : 10/10
==========================================
4 words : Absolutely.beautiful.worth.buy
It just f*ckin good to listen.
too bad the game is not voiced (yes, it's not voiced)

==========================================
Enjoyment : 10/10
==========================================
I really enjoy this visual novel, honestly i'm not fans of fantasy genre but this one is exception for me because the story is really good. Well, maybe this Visual Novel is fulfill my need for fanfic about fantasy and sci-fi world.


==========================================
CONCLUSION
==========================================
I recommended this Visual Novel, especially.... when you're into To Aru series (Index/Railgun), the premise is little bit similar except the time setting is different (To Aru = Modern Age, fault = Medieval age, or Late Medieval).
Story : Check
Twist : Check
Music : Check
Art : Check
Character : Check
Enjoyment : Check
What are you waiting for, READ IT!!
Also, don't forget to grab the sequel because the ending is so f*cking horrible that i really like it and wanted to read the second game right away.
Pardon my english, it's not my first language but what important from this review is the score and i recommended it
*Melano best girl
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
The last Visual Novel that evoked a wide range of emotions from me - ranging from exhiliration, anticipation, excitement, happiness, and even fear - was Fate/Stay Night.

Fault - Milestone One is beautifully written and executed in such an elegant manner that it honestly feels like you're part of the adventure as it unfolds. What amazed me the most was how they integrated fantasy elements (e.g. mana and magics) with the development of real-world appliances and devices with very believable in-universe justifications. I think this serves to only amplify the immersion even further.

The music is absolutely fantastic and fits each setting, and the use of dynamic camera shifts and CGs serves to emphasize the story.

As for length, Fault Milestone One took me about 5 hours to comfortably read from start to finish. There's one 'choice' you can make early on (if you can even call it a choice), but all it changes is a few lines of dialogue that take place after; the rest of the story is a kinetic novel, so sit back and enjoy the wild ride.

Minor spoiler: It ends with a very abrupt plot twist followed immediately by a cliffhanger that hit me like a truck. I look forward to diving headfirst into Fault Milestone Two.
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226 of 250 people (90%) found this review helpful
144 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23, 2015
Fault Milestone One is about a communist pacifist equal-sex magical monarchy where our main chracters, anime Alice in wonderlands and anime Corvo Attano live in. A malliciou Chinese warlord blitzkriegs it with an Ethopian army of child soldiers and african- I mean Shadow Warriors. Using Aurora Borealis. our heroes teleport themselves themselves away and end up landing in a different continent in the city of Kardia, where capitalism. misogyny. and science exist. (I swear it's not America)

Trapped in these new lands, without their magical universal healthcare, they must find a way back home before they die of mana-deprivation. Along the way, you get to experience the sociological analyzation of societal and culture developement as a result of resouce scarcity, AI and human morality defining what is 'human', environmental psychology, philanthropy vs patronage and a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ of other things I wouldn't have expected from a what I thought was going to be a $15 lucky star. Now they must journey back, gain experience and retake their capitol before the enemy scores a domination victory on the other civilizations.

I bought this game because I thought "This art looks pretty, if this was an anime I was watch it."
Secretly this VN contained Mozart level music and was so indepth with it's discussion of politics and culture that I had to look and see if this was a Paradox Interactive game. The writing is fluid, detailed and never dull, and the characters alongside their stories are livid. It contains alot, ALOT of feels pertaining to loss, repentance, forgiveness.
It has Clannad level emotional scenes. It's an extraordinary story and I will be buying the second milestone.
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100 of 103 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2015
What I played: fault milestone one

What I expected: a story in a JRPG-style fantasy setting with reportedly good writing

What I got: a thought-provoking and at times intensely emotional story, very rich in characterization, set in a very detailedly-developed world, and exploring philosophical issues of culture and technology and much more.

Yes, I do indeed recommend this.

(Disclosure: I acquired this visual novel by preordering it during (though not directly through) its Kickstarter, at near full price.)
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87 of 93 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
fault -milestone one- is the first episode of the fault series that tells the story of Princess Selphine Rughzenhaide and her Guardian Ritona Reighnvhasta as they run away from an assault that is lead by Melano. As the duo managed to escape from the Melano's party, they got teleported (shift) to the other side of the world. Their journey began as they want to return to Ruzenheid and confront the opposing mysterious party that is supposingly lead by Melano.

Trying not to spoiling much on this review, -milestone one- is mostly focused on the mysterious character named Rune/Sara and "her" dark pastime. The story started light-hearted but more and more mystery comes up later on and the duo is determined to solve this problem regarding Rune/Sara despite the limitation that is imposed to their body because they are running out of natural mana to supplement their body. Do note that the ending of this VN is quite sad (like CLANNAD-ish sad) and twisted (how twisted? Just play the game :^)

There is only one choice in the VN which serves as turning point of the story. The characters are likeable and the story gets darker and more interesting starting from Chapter 5 as more foreshadowing are created that will pique your interest to finish the story until the end. Lots of action in the beginning of the chapter but it might get a little bit information crunch towards the end and a big plot twist at the ending.

The UI for this game is very fluid and vivid. I was amazed that this was actually done on Ren'py (props to Sekai Project for porting it I guess) but it's kinda feel too bad that this amazing VN is not voiced. The art is well done ESPECIALLY the main menu artwork, I kinda wish that they have some 1920x1080 artwork but all of them are 1280x720, it's not a bad thing but it leaves me wants more of this epic art. The soundtrack that plays along with the scene are reaaaaallly well done, it helps build up the atmosphere for the situation pretty well especially that one time on Rune's madness scene!

8.8/10 a must buy Visual Novel, some of my interpretation of the story might be wrong because my Japanese is not perfect (since I play the beta build) but it's enough to make me immerse myself in the story (it actually have some hard kanji too so yeah :^))
It would be a 9.3/10 if it was voiced but it's already great in its current state. Definitely recommended if you like the classic Sci-Fi theme that mixes kingdom with magic and stuff.

Note: I was asked to put spoiler tag for the screenshot I upload because I finished the game on the beta while everyone still waiting for the english translation. Yes, that's how interesting and eager I was on reading this VN ~

Also, Melano & Mharo are qt3.14 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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49 of 50 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
At first I was expecting this to be a "coming of age" tale about 2 girls on a journey back home- but oh man I'm so glad I was wrong. What I got out of this VN was a great tale about family and what it really means to BE part of said family, cultural differences between regions, and a bit of science and a dash of religion/fantasy. I'd definitely recommend this game to people who enjoy a story about family but also about how we as humans can be oh so different in where we grew up but at the same time be oh so similar to one another. I rate this a 9/10!

Here's a pros and cons list for those interested.

Pros:
+Great art
+Awesome soundtrack
+Transitions are neat
+LOVE the characters
+The tone and pacing of the story is great
+Great storytelling by the writer
+Great story
+Great theme about family and friends

Cons:
-No Voice Acting (this may be personal preference but Voice Acting adds a whole 'nother dynamic to the tone, storytelling and how it can add auditory stimuli to help immerse us as readers into the story even further.)
-Few grammatical issues (not too problematic but they are there at times)
-A little bit too technical on the terminology at times (there are a few instances where they go a little TOO much into the science/mana bits and how things work but I believe this is a subjective issue.)
-Only Part 1 ):
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47 of 49 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
What essentially gave the premise of a run-of-the-mill fantasy VN with cute young girls eventually formed into a depressing story dealing with a foreign culture and corporate business, family matters inside and outside of those corporate businesses and redemption coupled with some of the best presentation a visual novel has ever had the privilege of possessing, a cast of very memorable and human characters, atmospheric yet subtle music and well-detailed lore.

Totally defied all of my expectations.
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