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 (1,049 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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October 30

Parts 2 and 3 confirmed

We still get the occasional question about this, so for those of you who haven't heard the good news, The Fall parts 2 and 3 have been confirmed. It was always our goal to find a way to make them, even if our sales were almost non-existent, but thankfully we've had enough interest that making them will be easy. Expect the next instalment (if everything goes according to plan) sometime around fall of 2015. We'll make sure it's awesome!

We're not sure yet if they'll be released separately, or together in one, large game. What do you think?

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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!

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: 450 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
    • 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: 450 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
An exploration-based 2D adventure game, you play the part of a robotic intelligence housed in a pilot suit. Said pilot came crashing out of space, and ploughed several dozen meters into the ground, reaching a complex cavern system. Sadly, said Fall also injured the pilot, and he is now unresponsive. Cue the takeover of the computer system, the A.R.I.D. (mark 7), which operates the suit and has to reason its way through strange situations and odd puzzles to escape the caves and save its pilot.

The game stands up well on its storytelling, especially with how the robotic intelligence responds to the situation at hand, creating a very believable, if weird, atmosphere. The controls can be a bit hard to get used to, but as always with these things, unless they’re poorly designed, once you’re used to them, that becomes a non-issue. Sound design is decent, with acceptable voice work involved, and the graphics are decent. Not too much can be said about those though, given that a huge amount of everything is just solid darkness. Still, it definitely sets the tone!

Kouen couldn’t stop playing the bloody thing, and Lasharus has since bought it, so we can safely say this one is recommended!

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
The Fall is a very good game, but kind of short really.

+ good mechanics
+ complex puzzles
+ good atmosphere
+ good story
+ nice achievements

would play a sequel.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
A good game with good ideas. Short but the price is good for the time you get playing. A movie ticket costs much more and you get less entertainment.
The controles take a little time to get used to.
I thought the storey was pretty cool.
If you can get it cheap it's worth it.
Maybe not for all gamers but if you like the "point and click" kind of game this maybe a nice change for you.
If you like sifi it could also be for you.
I play heaps of different games. I liked THE FALL.
4/5
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Awesome game, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Only complaint is it's short, and is part one of supposedly three.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
A 2-D sidescrolling sci-fi adventure game, with a few simple shooty bits thrown in to liven things up. A thoughtful storyline with a very droll sense of humor. Fairly short game, but engaging the whole way through.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
It's surprisingly good! There's a couple tricky puzzles here and there and it's criminally short. All in all, a good game to pick up for a fun afternoon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Incredible game. So far the story is excellent, and puzzles are just right.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Nice adventure, and it is definitely worth the money. Reminds me some good-old short (yes, it is short) stories by sci-fi-theme writers (like Asimov or Lem), talking about artificial intelligence trying to evaluate themselves in some situation. Those stories were ones of my favourite. They are often in a form of a tragedy, and so this game is - creepy and sad, combined with some great black humor moments and dark surreal sci-fi background.

So I really appreciate the scenario, writings and acting, among the great decorations of abandoned location and nice ambient soundtrack. Please, support the authors, buy it and enjoy.

Yes, there are some issues common for a such type of game (adventure) like not intuitive quests. Although the solutions actually make sense (not purely random), few times during the game process I found myself clicking every interactive object and every inventory item trying to combine each one with another.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This game is phenomenal.

The graphics are beautiful and utilize the 2-D space perfectly. The sounds and atmosphere are on point as well keeping you on edge throughout the game from the first minute to the last. Highly immersive for a 2-D game, I was genuinely surprised how enthralled I became. The gameplay was very solid. Challenging puzzles that made you think carefully.
But where the game really shines is its narrative.
The story was absolutely brilliant. It was very philosophical and had me question things I about life thought I knew the answer to. The voice acting really brings a lot to this factor as well. This game made me feel so many emotions from fear to sadness to happiness and back again. Honestly The Fall is a gem in this aspect.
The only bad thing I can say about The Fall is that it is very short. The good news though is that it is part one of three so there is something to look forward to.

I have never wrote a serious review before, but I felt it was warranted to share about this game that honestly deserves a play from anyone who loves a good story.

TLDR:

+Good art
+Amazing story
+Solid puzzle solving gameplay
+Robots

-Too short

Final score: 9/10 Would be a full ten if it was longer
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
The Fall has such a great atmosphere and story. The trailer was enough to spike my curiosity. I played the entire game in one sitting, mainly because I could not stop playing this game. On finishing this game, I'm genuinely interested in the next two episodes that have been announced. If you like point and click adventures, mixed with a bit sidescrolling action, and while tossing in sci-fi and robots. I suggest trying this game out. I give it a 8 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fun cerebral sci-fi adventure/action game. It has it's flaws, but makes up for it with good writing and fantastic atmosphere. Don't hesitate to look stuff up if you get stuck. The puzzles are not the point of this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
A great little game with simple yet intuitive mechanics. Rounds out with a fantastic story, challenging puzzles and great visuals. Definitely worth the money.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Looks nice but I'[m not feeling this game at all. Way too many puzzles for its own good. Fetch quests that never seem to end,but hardly any combat. There comes a point when you say enough with the freakin puzzles. This game is disguised as a platformer/combat exploration game. but its just puzzles,and boring ones. the worst one being i had to meet requiments,performing a test in order to pass certification for security that was not allowing me to enter a new area. Guess what the test was...a puzzle. Guess what it requires..cleaning a house. Dusting,picking up trash,baby siting. OH My God WTF? This is a game? And the worst part being the puzzles are not clear. I found a vase,had to make the house look all nice like a happy home. I found flowers,so flowers go inside a vase,right? Well I didn't pass the test,game says the wrong colored flowers are in the vase,not a happy looking home. Run around all over,there are no other flowers,so in short I'[m stuck. geeeeee,nice puzzle there. I wish I had the 4 bucks I wasted on this back. warning,don't buy this game. Go mowe your lawn,go out and buy the right colored flowers to make a happy home,just don't play this torturing piece of trash. And don't let the graphcs lure you. YouTube to see how this plays,its not good! Final Judgement 2/10. The 2 points for graphics and that it uses a 360/X1 pad. Thats it! Avoid!
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The Fall is a point and click adventure game with occasional 2D shooter elements.

I can't recommend it. The good points are that it's got a decent story to it, great voice acting, and nice music. The graphics and lighting are also pretty good.

Unfortunately, it's a chore to play. Combat is never really interesting and feels like it was thrown in to appease action players. Some of the puzzles are nonsensical in how they should be completed, being more convoluted than they need to be - e.g., overloading a battery to make a machine break off a piece of cardboard, when you could realistically break the cardboard yourself. Certain commands available to the player show up constantly, but are only usable a few times at all in the game.

Go play The Swapper instead.
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A clunky point and click meets a clunky cover based shooter & platformer to create a game I don't like. Within minutes it had degenerated into trying all of the available actions on all of the question marks I could find which is not a good sign. The puzzles just don't yield that eureka moment that makes adventure games worthwhile, its a fight against the game.
With the help of some guides I was able to overcome the bad design and managed to get my gun to find the shooting has about a 2 second delay (sometimes?) but not for the enemies and the cover system was pretty bad which just made stuff worse. The menus are similarly clunky, taking seconds to open and switch between while they emulate an old computer display. Clunky really describes this game.

The game is an unruly combination of things that just don't mix well. The plot seemed interesting though.
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Brilliant writing, voice acting, and sound design, but somewhat hindered by clunky environmental interaction and combat. If you value a good story and an interesting setting, you'll find that this game's strengths easily outpace its weaknesses.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Despite quite hard at times, it's nothing you should turn down!
The game starts with introducing a dense atmosphere and keeping it all the way through. No cheap jumpscares, or anything like that, just very immersive, and creepy atmosphere. And how does it hold up? GREAT I'd say, even though it's a bit short and as already mentioned, quite hard at some points, it's definetely worth looking into it.

This game is worth every penny, and if you're not convinced I'd recommend getting it at a sale at least, you really have to experience this!
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I do generally find games that explore the nature of self-awareness in A.I to be interesting and this game does well in exploring it.

Less astute individuals such as myself may have trouble with a number of the puzzles, a few of which were solved by basically using every item on every thing out of frustration. (plus a couple I just couldn't figure out on my own)

However, it IS a good game, with a quietly unsettling and isolated atmosphere and a solid story that has plenty to work with in the aftermath. It has a sense of questioning at several points that personally left me wondering about the actions I was taking and I ultimately walked away with chills down my spine once things were made clear.
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5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
The Fall is like an 80s terminator future side scroll action / adventure. You play A.R.I.D. - a dedicated tech suit AI trying to save its unresponsive human pilot inside. The game is very short but sweet, featuring evocative science fiction A.I. philosophy and atmosphere. I literally beat this twice in less than 3 hours (not including pause breaks). However, it's fair to say this is a "first episode" in a planned trilogy. Best bet, wait for the sale or wait for the trilogy. A lovely action puzzle solver for a nice quiet evening. Take your time to explore everything, there is definitely no rush.
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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
WARNING: THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST PART OF A THREE-PART GAME. DEVELOPERS HAVE INDICATED THAT THE FINAL TWO PARTS ARE ABOUT A YEAR IN THE FUTURE.

Still probably one of the better point-and-click style adventure games I've played in recent years. I picked it up for five bucks and got my money's worth. However, ten bucks is too much for what is, in the end, an incomplete experience.

Control scheme is interesting but unusual, takes a bit of getting used to. Story and voice acting is excellent. Puzzles are generally logical but requires some pixel searching. Only got stuck on one puzzle requiring the use of a wiki (that stupid crying baby). There are a few moments of "Adventure Game Logic" though.

The general conceit is that the player takes the role of an Artificial Intelligence. As such, your actions are constrained to your directives. For instance, the player is not allowed to lie in order to solve what should be a trivial puzzle. This does mean that the moments of "railroading" in the story tend to make sense: they are the only action that the player can take given the directives they have.

About the only thing that I seriously disliked was the combat. The control scheme is NOT conducive to side-scrolling mouse-and-keyboard gunplay. Given that an early upgrade allows for the player to evade gunfire simply by tapping a button, combat pretty much turns into a tedious stop-and-pop point and click affair. Combined with somewhat floaty controls and narrow, tight corridors, this can make for a frustrating experience.

I generally didn't encounter any game-breaking bugs.

Art style evokes "Limbo," with its side-scrolling black-on-white silhouetted style. Voice acting is well-done and evocative. Writing and characterization is generally solid.
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