This game tells the extremely interesting story of a Artificial Intelligence trying to fulfill its directives.
The very detailed 2D environment surprised me, since I had only heard of this game prior to buying it, and as 2D indie games go, I expected bland and low fidelity visuals. Instead, I got a mostly dark atmosphere, which only gets disrupted by bright and colorful accents, like glowing mushrooms. This does not devalue the colors, but rather, through rarity, makes them all the more special.
If the game were to even try and mimic human motion in perfection (which it is not), then it would have failed in the animations department. But since the protagonist is an AI called ARID, the slightly wooden animations fit like a key in a lock. A key that was made for said lock, that is.
The already mentioned dark atmosphere gets complimented by the sounds and music, which are very subtle most of the time. Walking down an empty corridor with that background noise would be very unnerving to me.
Voice acting is impeccable, and it is a joy listening to the robotic voices of AIs.
I wish I could tell you all of it, but I do NOT
want to ruin the game for you. The Story makes me shiver with anticipation of the next parts. You, the player, will enjoy the dilemma between following rules and following rules
"The Fall" does a lot new to the table, but both the new and the old are executed neatly. Most of the game is a side scroller adventure game, with puzzles to solve that do take either some intelligence or trial and error. You look around by illuminating your surroundings with a torch attached to a gun, which brings us to the slightly clunkier mechanic: Shooting in the same 2D side scroller environment. Firing your weapon works fine, but the cover system is a bit confusing. At the beginning of the game it is not 100% clear behind what objects you can take cover, but it is pretty easy to figure out. Finding the exact right spot to press the "take cover" button, whatever that may be with you, is a lot more difficult. It happened to me more than once, that I wanted to hide behind cover, just to be slightly off and just start leaning against a wall. The final part of the gameplay is the Dialogue box, where you can choose different questions to ask, or different "buttons" to press. Worked perfectly, which is to be expected of a story driven game.
Conclusively, I would recommend you buy this game, if you love thinking about the morality of artificial Intelligence or love relatively short ( I played 3.2 hours, but I am quite daft from time to time) and relatively easy ( I got stuck once, and I got a hint: Take a look at the ceiling if you don't know what to do) adventure games, or just love compelling stories. ADDITION
Some people in the comments/recommendations complain that this game is part of a trilogy. That is literally the first sentence of the Description. "Experience the first story in a mind bending trilogy! " is rather unambigious in my mind. This game, right now is only part 1. Others are complaining that this is *obviously* a moneygrab by the devs, but they only raised enough money for part 1 over kickstarter, and are as far as I know currently working on part 2, which they said will be done in about april, but that is just an estimate.