Take the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence within a high-tech combat suit. The Fall is a unique combination of adventure-game puzzle solving and side-scroller action, all set within a dark and atmospheric story. Get ready for a disturbing journey as you explore the world of The Fall.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,773 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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"Dark, atmospheric and thought provoking. Think Metroid meets a point and click. An interesting narrative completes this unique and absorbing package."

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February 9

The Fall 1.52 - new stuff!

We're still hard at work updating The Fall with new additions. In case you didn't hear, we recently added Trading cards, a sound track, controller support upgrades, and bug fixes.

This update, we've been working with our friends over at wordsofmagic.com , who did a fantastic job completely re-doing our French translation. It is now much better at providing an authentic The-Fall-y experience for native French speakers. Additionally, several language related bug fixes are in as well, mostly to do with text formatting, but a few general gameplay bugs have also been fixed.

I wanted to take a minute to thank the community (probably you, if you're reading this) for being so awesome at sharing your opinions about the game and reporting any issues when you find them. Believe it or not, this will be the first update that will be launched publicly - as to appear in the "updated games" section (which is why I re-mentioned trading cards at the top of this update). It's caused me to look back on how far we've come. The Fall has improved leaps and bounds since it was released last May 30th, and we've got you to thank!

That's all for now, but we hope to have another interesting update coming before too long (for everyone, not just French speakers :) ). I wish I could show you guys the stuff we've got cooking for Part 2... I'm so excited about it and I know you'll love it. But..... all in good time!

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Reviews

“Hands down, The Fall is one of the best games I have played.”
Indie Game Mag

“A Modern Classic.”
9/10 – That Nerd Show

“The Fall has proven that innovation is still possible in the genre”
8/10 – RestartReplay

About This Game

Experience the first story in a mind bending trilogy! The Fall was recently awarded Game of the Year for Best Story from Giant Bomb.

Take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence onboard a high-tech combat suit. ARID's program activates after crashing on an unknown planet. The human pilot within the combat suit is unconscious, and it is ARID's duty to protect him at all costs! As she progresses into her twisted and hostile surroundings, driven to find medical aid before it is too late, the realities of what transpired on this planet force ARID to reflect upon her own protocols. ARID's journey to save her pilot ultimately challenges the very rules that are driving her.

The Fall is a unique combination of adventure-game puzzle solving, and side-scroller action, all set within a dark and atmospheric story. Exploration will be paramount to surviving your adventure. Utilize ARID's flashlight to uncover a myriad of interactive objects. If what you uncover is hostile, switch on your laser sight and kick some metal! Get ready for a disturbing journey as you fight, explore, and think your way forward, expanding ARID's world, in spite of her protocols.

The Fall features:
  • A compelling story - Crafted over the course of two years, The Fall's story is a cut above standard gaming fare.
  • Story/Gameplay integration - Players encounter challenges that force them to think in ways congruent with the game's story.
  • Thick atmosphere - A very well polished visual style is complemented with The Fall's full voice cast.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600 or equivalent, 256 MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 530 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6 Snow Leopard or above.
    • Processor: Dual core 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or better
    • Hard Drive: 530 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a mouse with two buttons.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600 or equivalent, 256 MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 530 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
122 of 167 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
The developers of this game should have just made a webseries. The story is intriguing if not actually compelling, the graphics and animation are excellent if not bleeding edge, and the voice acting is some of the best I've heard.

Unfortunately, as a game, The Fall lands short of the mark. It is guilty of most of the usual adventure game failings. The solutions to its puzzles usually make logical sense within the universe, but they oscillate between requiring no thought ("I have only one item in my inventory, so it must be the solution,") to requiring impossible intuition ("How could I possibly have known using this item on that piece of scenery would have that effect?") and are very rarely satisfying. There are no "a ha!" moments in this game.

The Fall is also terrible at making the path forward clear to the player -- the dark graphics and 2.5D side-scrolling style conspire to make passable obstacles look like walls and walls look like passable obstacles, and the game really embraces backtracking as a mechanic. Perhaps most damningly, the game forgets it's not an action game, which is something I cannot and do not forgive in any video game. If you are going to subject me to reflex-based combat you had better give me a system that supports it, and The Fall does not. It may resemble Shadow Complex visually, but it has none of that game's graceful fluidity.

Finally, the game is buggy and incomplete, ending on a cliffhanger after a final boss fight against an enemy simultaneously attacking you on the ground and stuck wriggling in the rafters, but these are the least of The Fall's worries. Right now the game is on sale for $4 -- it's probably worth that much if you really love adventure games or science fiction mysteries. But if you don't already own Gemini Rue, get that instead.

Oh, and don't buy the soundtrack. I can't believe it's 17 tracks. I felt like the same four bars were blaring in my ears for the whole game (there are no audio controls).
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
The Fall is a kickstarted side-scrolling sci-fi adventure. The game is the very first release for Vancouver-based studio Over the Moon. It melds tense exploration of an alien world with devious puzzles and occasional action sequences, all tied together by a genuinely interesting and original story. Players take on the role of ARID – an artificial intelligence embedded in a combat suit, intended for use by a human pilot. As the game begins, ARID's pilot is mortally wounded, and her systems are damaged. You don't know where you are, having crash-landed on an unknown planet, but you must do everything you can to keep your pilot alive. It's not often that game stories examine AI personalities. There's the classic Planetfall by Infocom, and Wadjet Eye Games' recent Primordia, but it's surprising how few other games touch on a topic so intertwined with the computer technology that they're based on. By raising questions about forced obedience and the legitimacy of artificial life, The Fall is a worthwhile, if short, addition to these efforts.The game focuses mainly on exploration, which makes for a refreshing change of pace when compared to other side-scrollers. More importantly, it allows players room to breathe; there's no relentless push to the next objective, and you can really soak up the atmosphere on offer. While the default running speed is adequate, I actually felt compelled to walk for much of the game, because I wanted to spend more time enjoying the sense of exploration and suspense.It's a shame that the story, as compelling as it may be, is told almost exclusively through dialogue. Given the strong atmosphere and fascinating setting, I would've loved to see more environmental story-telling a la Fallout 3.Occasionally, The Fall dips its toes into the action-platformer pool by throwing a handful of enemies your way. There's a rudimentary cover system on offer, but the combat feels pretty clunky.In an interesting design decision, the exploration and combat modes of gameplay are separated by way of a toggle switch. When inspecting the world, ARID can use a broad torch beam to highlight interactive objects, but it switches to a laser targeting sight at the press of a button.Graphically, The Fall looks great thanks to its brooding minimalism. The focus on silhouettes draws obvious comparisons to Limbo and the many games released afterwards that tried to ape its art style, but it's done well enough here that I really can't fault it.The audio, too, is excellent throughout. The game is fully and ably voiced, with no noticeably flubbed dialogue. I was also very impressed with the soundtrack, which makes several dynamic changes based on location and fits well with the visuals. Sadly, with no difficulty settings or branching paths, I suspect most people will find replayability limited. This wouldn't be an issue at all if the story were longer, but even the most puzzle-averse gamer is likely to complete the game in few hours. Still, this isn't unreasonable for a quality title, and The Fall fits firmly in the same realm as games like To the Moon and Botanicula, price point included.If you're looking for your next action-packed side-scroller, you'll probably find this game unsatisfying and a little long-winded. For everyone else, especially fans of adventure games and sci-fi, you won't want to miss this one. The Fall is a great story, well told, and it's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
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80 of 129 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
My ship was destroyed and I fall. This is not what I call the good landing, but hopefully I am still working. Wait, something is malfunctoning... reboot. The pilot - seems to be unconscious and need medical assistance. First statement I have no idea where am I. Grim atmosphere, dark and mysterious place, it looks like some kind of industrial complex. My name is A.R.I.D and my main objective is to keep the pilot inside ME alive. Many obstacles keep slowing me down and the time is running out...
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This was an interesting point and click style adventure with some actual 2D gunplay mixed in. The story was kind of a sardonic Terminator/2001-ish tale. The puzzles were mostly fair challenges with one exception which was notably difficult with no real obvious solutions even with trial and error.
The graphics looked nice and did a great job of helping to create a hopeless and yet, as mentioned before, wry and sardonic tongue in cheek sort of atmosphere.

The gameplay itself was fairly seamless, and I found no real issues with hit detection and the like.

All in all a very well crafted and fun game. The ending itself was a genuine laugh out loud moment for me. I will be curious to see how the follow up plays out and hope the developers are successful in getting it released.

All told, a solid 7 out of 10.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
It's hard to review The Fall, it have great concepts and ideas with poor gameplay mechanics.

Good:
- Excellent, Outstanding Voice Acting, I still wonder how could the dialogue is presented so well in this game
- Great background sound effect for the mysterious dark place
- Good lights effects
- Some scary and some hilarious moment mixed together well

Bad:
- Game is too short, I completed it in 2.5 hours with walkthough assist, even still have one trading cards left to drop
- Complete linear story and single ending, No collectibles or easter eggs for you
- Gun fight is poorly executed, sometimes nearly not working
- The object is all in dark and black, have to read the descripion and guess what it is
- Puzzle solving is too hard, sometimes unfair. I don't think I can combine and make the solution by myself without walkthough help
- Controller scheme is strange with hold R3 sticks to aim the object and hold RS button to choose action, release RS button to comply the action. If you click the R3 stick by mistakes, you have to do it all over again.

Suggestion:
- Just combine Network and Interact button as Interact. Network function distracted and wasted a lot of time for puzzle trial and errors
- Auto Aim in Gun fight, it's not shooting game such as counter strike or call of duty, no need to requires players to aim for the headshot

Score: 55/100
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