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 Princess and her sharp-witted 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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October 7

October maintenance update

Hello again! It's the usual maintenance update. (Re-released just now to remove something unfinished that sneaked in.)

Changes from the last update are below. As always, the complete changelog is on the forums.

  • The artbook can now be opened in-game via the gallery.
  • The engine doesn't recompile itself on first run for fun anymore. This was why 100 files were always redownloaded when verifying integrity.
  • Fixed the skip after choice preferences being reversed.
  • Fixed a few misnamed tracks in the music room.
  • Achievement progress isn't cached in save data anymore.

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August 26

Simplified Chinese Aeroratum Update

Great news! fault - milestone one is now available in Simplified Chinese! The Chinese translation team have worked extremely hard to bring you the best quality translation possible! Please give a major round of applause in front of your monitor to the Chinese Aerolinguistics Team!

A huge thank you from the ALICE IN DISSONANCE team to ST, hatorishiro, PurpleLight & SY!!

These folks have also translated the artbook!

A new language wheel has been added so you can easily switch to any language at any time! Press Shift+A while in-game to open it.

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX or OpenGL compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: x86/x86_64
    • Processor: 1Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Best visual novel I've read.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Definetly stands out among many other visual novels. Although not as animation rich like some high budget VNs like fate/stay night. It compensates for it with very good artwork & soundtrack. And the probably the best english translation of any VN ever. You really gotta give credit where credit is due.. the developers were small hobbyists in japan & mostly raised/still raise money by kickstarter or patreon donations.They used the freely available RenPy VN game engine to make it and then they delivered such quality content.

As for the story, I wont spoil anything, the desciption is good enough.. and I recommending getting fault 2 and more that might come in the future(because fault 2 has no closure either) as the story seems episodic.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
A great read
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Let me start by saying that I was so excited to play this game. The visuals looked great, there was a cool female protagonist and seemingly many other interesting and strong female characters...

But it really fell flat in several ways.

Without spoiling the plot, I can say that some important elements contained within it are very polarizing. Some people probably find them great, surprising, additions. I did not. In particular, the mature bits are not, to me, handled responsibly or even interestingly. Regarding Rune, I felt that much of the "true story" was mostly shock value with little substance or consideration. I kept waiting and waiting for the great writing to come into play, but sadly it never came.

The characters are not very well fleshed out or interesting, and the music is fairly average. I understand this is a series, so there may be more development later, but I don't really care about it after playing this game. The characters and plot just aren't compelling, despite being drawn and colored beautifully.

I tried to like this game until the very end. Some may not be bothered by the things I was.
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106 of 109 people (97%) found this review helpful
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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140 of 163 people (86%) found this review helpful
151 people found this review funny
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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83 of 89 people (93%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
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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50 of 51 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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.

+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

-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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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
This is my first review on Steam, and I'll make it simple.

ART: Manga style. Gorgeous and emotional.

CHARACTER: Adorable, charming and full of personality.(Which is also a typical manga style.)

STORY: I spent my whole day reading it without resting and eating. So you tell me?

WORDING: The wording is featured in mutiple types, elegant, preciseness and with distinctive styles. The accent is adorable xD.
However, it might not be the standard writing nowadays, the sentences seems a bit obscurely and contrived.
(I mean only the English version, I cannot read Japanese. Well done the translations.)

SOUNDTRACK: Outstanding, most of the times. Sometimes I sence the background music inappropiate for the scene and by the way, the OP is awful. But most of the BGM were good and sometimes the BGM-Swap makes the story incredibly dramatic and thrilling.

UI: Serves perfect, smooth and pretty. The encyclopedia made this VN easier to comprehend.

In conclusion.
I would give a 9.5/10.
The -0.5 comes from the awful OP (the one after the teleportation to the unknown forest).
I'm planning on making a OP myself already (perhaps xD).

At last, the best VN on steam with no doubt and the most expensive VN I've ever bought (15€).
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7.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
As a person who reads a metric crapton of visual novels, this series is really growing on me.

Fault is a series of kinetic visual novels, meaning there are no choices or routes to go down unlike a dating sim. It's short, it's not as flashy or as big-budget as some of the VNs being released on steam these days. But you know what it does have? Good art, good music, great storytelling and atmosphere. I read through this and fault milestone one over a few weeks, and I'm very impressed by it.

If you love visual novels do yourself a favor. Heck, even if visual novel's aren't normally your thing this one is told uniquely enough that even someone who's not a fan of the genre could enjoy it.
Two thumbs way up, Fault Milestone
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11.3 hrs
Posted: October 18
very nice .it's awesome
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7.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
This story is slow but absorbing, the art is high quality and very clean, the music has good taste and the characters are fleshed out very well. Previous typographical errors have been corrected in updates. I give Fault Ms1 a high recommendation.
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David Cameron
1.3 hrs
Posted: October 15
The first one proved that they are capable, the second one proved that they are worthy...no wait, actually the first one allready proved that they are worthy, toss that. :erune:
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8.2 hrs
Posted: October 15
Definitely worth the time!!!
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4.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
10/10 Cried manly tears :(
Definitely buying the 2nd one.
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4.6 hrs
Posted: October 1
This game is probably one of the best visual novels around!
although it doesn't have any important choices, the story, art and music are the best around, i would highly reccomend picking this up as soon as possible, especially if you are new to visual novels!
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11.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
I waited till I read the whole story before giving a review... AND I LOVED IT! I was entering the VN world and this was my first one on the computer and it is an awesome tale! The world and characters come alive and you have big feels! I'm glad this was the first VN I have read on Steam because it gives me hope! :D Everyone should have some Fault in them! DL TODAY!
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