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.
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Release Date: May 30, 2014

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“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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600 or equivalent, 256 MB memory
    • Storage: 530 MB available space
    • OS: 10.6 Snow Leopard or above.
    • Processor: Dual core 2.3 GHz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 3000 or better
    • Storage: 530 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a mouse with two buttons.
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600 or equivalent, 256 MB memory
    • Storage: 530 MB available space
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Costing 9.99€ I was expecting a full game. Sadly this is not a full game, but just the first, very short, part of a game -- there is no real conclusion to the end at all.

The game itself, mechanics wise, is nothing new. Perhaps it's been a long time since the gameplay was common, but there is nothing new -- all the mechanics have been around since, at least, the mid 1990's. I'm making a point out of this, since it appears that a lot of reviews think the game has a lof of new mechanics. In fact, the controls, if anything, a a bit clumpsy and can sometimes feel more like a hinderance, than a help.

The story, is quite interesting, but there is simply not enough of it. It's not so much a story, as it's a computer complaining that it can't get it's job done because it's pilot isn't responding. It has potential, but at the moment, it's a bit below par.

The graphics seem pretty -- too bad it's so dark you can't see a whole lot.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Would not recommend. The total play time is something like 3.5 hours. The clunky game inferface is designed on purpose to function like you're playing it on a 1980s analog computer. There is no mouse in this game though your character's aim is controlled by the mouse - you just dont see the cursor. Interacting with objects is a chore. Always use shift and then fiddle around with the movement keys to try out different inventory items on them. This is a puzzle game, and chances are slim you will be able to play it without the help of a walkthrough. Story is meh. Opponents are meh. Overall, not recommended.

Spoilers: This game is virtually devoid of story. We leave with more questions than we begin the game with. Why was A.R.I.D. even sent to this planet? What is this planet? What exactly happened to the facility that killed everyone? I am aware of the mushrooms and the slugs, but I can't imagine they were responsible for everything. And why were there so many bots in stasis? I felt like they all contained a human and by shutting them off I was basically doing genocide but that question never came up later. It just...all of it...makes no sense. Also, this game came out in 2014 but we're still waiting for the next episode 2 years on, given that the game ends with "to be continued". I felt sorry for the long list of people who kickstarted this game. They got one evening's worth of shoddy entertainment and thats it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
This is a really promising game.
Game? I mean, first chapter of "maybe" a full game.
All the ingredients for a great game are there but i beat this in one sitting (2 hours)
Nowhere is it written that this is only chapter 1
And they charge people 10€!!!
I mean, are you ♥♥♥♥ing kidding me? Unless chapter 2 comes for free, I will consider this game a cash grab, a scam.
Oh! and look at the critics' statements on the game's store page:

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

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

That's hilarious!! such dishonesty should be illegal. What a bunch of sell-outs!

I really enjoyed the...segment of a game I was given the opportunity to try out but it felt like a demo, no more, no less.

It is not worth a buy at 10€! Thumb down
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Bought this years ago. Parts 2+3 were confirmed in 2014 I believe.

Still waiting for them to distribute the rest of the game. Part One was highly enjoyable, I didn't expect to have to wait so long to finish it and I'm not usually impatient.

I just couldn't recommend this until it's confirmed part 2 and 3 will be part of the price, as I and many others for whatever reason, believed it would be. Was so long ago, I forget exactly why.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
The Fail

TL;DR: not worth it on its own, wait for all the episodes to be out. And now for the full review.

I am very, very glad I bought this on sale.

There are two types of games: those that innovate, and those that execute a tried-and-true formula. The Fall firmly belongs in the latter category. And while that is a valid approach to game-making, one can only get away with it if the execution is done right.

The Fall doesn't do it right.

First, there is no story. At all. And yes, I knew going in that this was going to be an episodic series, so it's not like I feel cheated (unlike most other reviewers). What bothers me is that this can hardly be called Episode 1. The Fall is merely an introduction. A shamefully short introduction, at that, meant to set up Episode 2. Or at least that's what the developer tells us, but in this day and age, is there anyone still naive enough to believe such promises? Maybe they'll deliver, maybe they won't. I won't hold my breath. Anyway, it took me 3 hours to finish the thing, and the "big reveal" at the "end" of the "game" was so obvious, anyone with half a brain could have seen it coming. Utterly anti-climactic. And it makes me think that, if that's the extent of their story-crafting capacity, there is no reason to expect anything good from the sequel.

Then, the gameplay. It was not quite atrocious, but still largely inadequate. Here is an example: in order to intereact with your environment, you need to point with the right analog stick (playing with a gamepad), hold down the right shoulder button, then cycle through your available options with the left analog stick. Yup, you read that right, for something as basic as calling an elevator, you'll need both thumbs to input three commands. Really.
And beyond the useless over-complexification of basic tasks, the game suffers from a general sluggishness (every button press takes a small delay before being registered), and sometimes plain old stupidity: for instance, taking cover and cloaking are the same button. So if you are standing close to an object you could take cover behind, but still far enough away that you'd think the cloak would activate, in reality neither of those things will happen when you press the button and you will just stand there taking fire like a sitting duck.

Finally, the atmosphere. While the game does have a silver lining in the form of Arid's dialog lines, they are few and far between. The rest of the time is spent trudging along a depressing environment, to the sound of a depressing musical score. The Fall doesn't manage to be as psychotically funny as Portal, nor is it as mind-bending as The Stanley Parable. Basically, it feels like playing a watered-down soup of things you've already played before.

In conclusion, I recommend staying away from The Fall, and even staying away from The Fall 2 when it comes out. The episodic format here feels like nothing more than an excuse for lazy game development. If the promised story absolutely intrigues you no matter what, then my suggestion is still to wait for all the episodes to be released. It might take a few years (if it happens at all), but in the meantime there is no shortage of better games to play.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Ok. I want the next episode right now!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
What makes this game great is the atmosphere and the story! Deff get the game when it goes on sale!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
very awesome game but it is a little bit hard especialy if you want to earn all acheivements,
you will like it if you like LIMBO and INSIDE.
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Wait. This isnt Putt-Putt...
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130 of 146 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
The Fall is a very good game, but kind of short really.

Basically, you start as Sci-Fi Suit, fallen in a weird place or planet, and you have to seek medical help for your unconscious pilot.
You have to go through really creative puzzles and challenges through this survival adventure.
They really put a good work for this game, even the achievements are fun to accomplish.
It looks at first like a casual platformer, but as you play you will feel how good and engaging mechanics this game delivers.
The game is story driven, it shows you how A.I. can have a passion, feeling and willing to sacrifice for the sake of that pilot.

+ Good mechanics.
+ Creative puzzles.
+ Good atmosphere.
+ Good story.
+ Nice achievements.

If you finish the game, check the achievements, you will be thrilled.

I really recommend this game for its creativity and the good mix of Mechanics, Puzzles and Story.

Would play a sequel.

Worth every penny if you like this kind of games.

............................................[ Arabic Review ].......................

ذا فول أو الهبوط أو السقوط لعبة جيدة جدا، ولكن نوعا ما قصيرة.

كمقدمة ، عليك أن تبدأ كبدلة فضائية او حربية في عالم الخيال العلمي، تهبط في مكان غريب أو كوكب،ولازم تنقذ طيارك المصاب اثراء ذلك الهبوط.

ستمر من خلال ألغاز وتحديات حلوة وابداعية والبعض يحتاج تركيز على البيئة التي حولك
من الأمثلة أنك تحتاج الى اختراق نظام تشغيلك من أجل اجتياز بعض العقبات

 قد تبدو لعبة عادية من النظرة الأولى نفس الشيء معي
لكنها تحتوي على عمق جميل في طريقة اللعب والالغاز والقصة

أساس اللعبة هو القصة التي تبين لك اهتمام البدلة بقائدها الذي يجلعها تضحي بكل شيء

من الأشياء الجميلة أيضا الانجازات داخل اللعبة
بعضها لا يكمن في تحدي او سرعة او من ذا النوع
بل من النوع اللي يبين أنت قد ايش داخل جو في القصة ويبين اختياراتك واهتمامك بالقائد

تجربة جميلة وفريدة من نوعها للعبة صغيرة وقصيرة بتاخذ منك من أربعة الى ستة ساعات
ممكن أقل من كذا يعتمد على اسلوب اللعب

وبيكون في أجزاء أخرى للعبة تم التأكيد انه بينزل جزء ثاني وثالث مع بعض
وممكن يكونون في بندل مع بعض فاذا ما كنت مستعجل انتظر الى حين نزولهم

اللعبة تتطلب لغة انجليزية جيدة ، يمكن الاكتفاء بالترجمة لكن بتتعب شوي
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28.4 hrs
Posted: October 27
Immediate impression of game: wow dem some clunky ugly animations.

After completing the game: That was amazing!

Be warned some of the puzzles are very difficulty ( I had to use a walkthrough for a couple.... the shame!)

The game is a few hours long ( i don't know why it says 28 hours on record? must have left it on pause?
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[DSDIZZT] Lalle75(GER)
6.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
The first 30 minutes were much of fun. It is an interesting story and nice graphics. The controls could de better, but it's ok for an indie game.

But I cannot recommend this game, because you get stuck so many times, and you keep running through the hole game back and forth, searching for missed objects.

An example (without spoiler): After solving a puzzle in the left area of the map, something changes on the right side of the map (without hinting it). And the difference is located in the shadows at the ceiling.

Another example (without spoiler): On a large and dark flodded floor is a hidden spot somewhere in the shadows.

3rd example (without spoiler): The game sometimes gives you the illusion, you can decide what to do. So you keep searching for other options before going the obvious way. But there is only one way and you wasted you time.

Although I searched some time for hidden spots, I could only proceed after reading certain walkthrough guides. I would not buy this game again.
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5.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
Nothing really happens in the game. You solve couple of puzzles and kill some bots/slugs for few hours. Whole content is very sparse, the ending abrupt and only brings new questions without answering any. Story does not develop at all... just... No.
However, I must mention that those puzzles themselves are really good and the way you have to solve them is very creative. Plus the occasional satirical humour is amazing and perfectly delivered, but still it wasn't enough, the lack of other things was too high.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
Freezes under Ubuntu 16.04...
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12.1 hrs
Posted: October 22
I love this game and I'm waiting for the next chapters.
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3.1 hrs
Posted: October 20
A game you can play in one sitting that offers an interesting and sometime unnerving story!
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5.5 hrs
Posted: October 20
Un juego bueno e innovador con puzles muy retantes (o yo soy muy tonto). QUIERO MAAAAAS.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 19
I got this on sale so I feel less bad about giving it a bad review.

First, the control scheme is just awful. Want to accomplish a task? Press and hold several buttons, EVERY SINGLE TIME. Want to look at stuff? Great, just drag your mouse so far you have to pick it up off the mousepad and move it to get more room to scroll. Several times.

Honestly, this felt like the developers ported a mobile game to PC, because the controls feel like swiping.

Game Length[/]
You can see my playtime here; 4 hours. It killed some time before work but not much else. I ended up using a walkthrough because the puzzles just didn't make sense (and I didn't want to use the terrible controls for any longer than necessary).

Alright, I'm not spoiling stuff here, but c'mon, that's not a story. Shame on you, developers. All you had was a plot twist amidst a bunch of conversations. Even the moments where the story is supposed to feel "weighty" and substantial came across weak. I.E. When you have to kill all the robots in the lab.

Yes, the idea was interesting, but the end of the game doesn't really explain anything.

So, the game is "pretty" but I'm left wondering if it even matters? I've got a rig that is several years old and not built for gaming, so I had to run this game on 1024x768 just to minimize lag. I'm left wondering why this game needed to be built so seemingly graphics-heavy? Hells, it would have come across creepier in pixels.

What innovation!? Having the game unlock your abilities for you? Fetch quests? Pressing and holding multiple buttons in order to open a door? You are on something if you think this game did something new.

A game with frustrating controls and a lack of plot. Buy on sale or, better, buy something else.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 19
This game is pretty dang cool. The controls are a little rough, and some of the puzzles aren't super intuitive, and finding objects in the dark is frusterating, but in the end it's worth it. The story, the world, and the characters are very interesting and really unique. I regret letting this sit in my library, unplayed, for so long.
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