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

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 530 MB available space
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Cake Sale
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
I quite enjoyed this game. It had a great story but I felt that some of the puzzles hindered the progress of the story. Once you pass these parts though you forget how much trouble they caused you because the story. I was drawn into this game and I really felt the need to protect my human.

I played the game on Linux with a F710 Controller. The aim system felt a bit clunky in the beginning but I got used to it quite quickly as there isn't really a rush to execute the options available to you.

Overall it's a great experience and story. Recommended!
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The Fedora Fan
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
An amazing example of why adventure games can tell memorable and moving stories.
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Rock1m1
5.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
The Fall is a 2D sidescroller with light elements of puzzle and combat. You play as Arid, a combat suit tasked to protect the individual inside as they both fell from the sky into an abandoned facility. One of the most fascinating things about the game is how the game explores the relationship the suit or it’s AI has with it’s wearer (or pilot in this case). The game also explores what it means to be a machine and how much of a ‘machine’ they really are when they are gifted a degree of self-awareness only a living breathing individual might possess. Both Arid and the other AIs are constantly tasked to withhold their protocols while at the same time bending it if it means they are to achieve their goal, which for Arid — protecting her pilot at all cost. This forces Arid to intentionally put her pilot in danger only to open up certain protocols to better serve her pilot. I found this wrestle between being programmed for and self-awareness to change the programming parameters to meet her goals really fascinating.

The game is very atmospheric. The sound and visual art style are played to their strengths. The game does not use much color, however it uses the little color palette it is given to highlight the world to a maximum effect. Same goes with sound with only important audio cues related to gameplay are highlighted to give spatial awareness to the player.

The game has light puzzle elements which majority of the gameplay is comprised of. They aren’t very complicated, however often they are not very clear either and might induce a bit of trial and error when trying to solve them. There is a very basic layer of combat thrown in there and is one of the weakest parts of the gameplay. However there aren’t many instances of the combat to become cumbersome.

The biggest frustration came from the controls. The way you keep holding right analog to target and right shoulder button to enter inventory and finally press A to accept — all this just for using an item is incredibly frustrating. There are simply too many unnecessary steps for the player to do just about everything. Luckily the developers have acknowledged this issue and are working to resolve it for their next game.

So this sums up The Fall. A great sci-fi story wrapped around a game which took me by a surprise. While it is a shame the controls are very annoying, but it did not matter in the grander scheme of things. I am already looking forward to the sequel.

8/10 - Very Good
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Winnefuego
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
After completing the final puzzel, the game froze when walking out of the house with no way to save. :| Still had a pretty cool story.
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MoZiz
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Great game, worth the money. I definitely love the design and story but I'm really not a fan of the aim system. As I said still this is a great game.
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Calypist
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 23
This game is intensely thought-provoking and beautifully rendered. I have never played anything quite like it. It is worth every penny, and thensome. It deserves awards, and broad recognition. This is a work of art, and transcends the traditional game incentive. It's absolutely fantastic. Thank you for this game.

10/10 X infinity
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NihlusGreen
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 22
An excellent Sci-Fi story about an AI suit that must over come its programming in order to save an injured organic, presented in a side-scroll-puzzle format
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Riph
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 22
A creepy, clever point and click adventure with a really good Asimovian robot-works-around-protocols story. It also features combat which has been bolted on and detracts from the experience. The sum total is a game which is fun, but not super. I feel it earned the ten dollar asking price.
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Ni!
12.2 hrs
Posted: August 22
I loved every minute of this game! Just an all around fun game. I picked up on a sale, best $1 of entertainment I've ever spent.
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GoldenTaco
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Truly a great game made by a studio with much potential. I recommend buying the game when it's on sale, as the price tag for it is a little on the higher side. However, this game is like Limbo(puzzle solving wise), but also has its own majestic touch to it as there is a combat system. The atmosphere to the game is as good as it gets, and the same go for the controls. I'm really looking forward to Part 2, and hope it's better than the first content wise. 9/10.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
The Fall is arguably one of the best sci-fi short stories I've ever played. It's a great perspective; definitely a breath of fresh air from the "I'm a Space Marine, and we kill everything!" gameplay you find everywhere else.

Admittedly, you can easily beat this game in less than 4 hours, but don't let that deter you. It really is a great story.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Excellent game all round. If you have read your Isaac Asimovs then you will like the robot vs. robot interactions and how they try to figure out things while being constrained by their protocols.

Action itself is satisfying enough. Some simple shooting and taking cover type of action. Focus is on puzzles though and enjoying the macabre world of faulty robots and the broken facility where they are.

I have no actual complaints about the game. Mid-game there are some puzzles that are quite hard to figure out but then the difficulty spike is over and it's mostly a quite even game to the end which i will not be spoiling here.

Get this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
It's a cross between an adventure game and a metroidvania, but more the former than the latter. There's slight platforming and a bit more simple shooting, but for most of the game you're solving puzzles. Overall it works really well, particularly because of the thick atmosphere and interesting plot. It might look like Limbo when you start it up, but it doesn't do the artsy-fartsy gimmick like it. This is a solid adventure game with a plot that hooks you in, especially if you're a SF fan. Won't say much else because that would be spoiler territory.

The only thing you might struggle with are the controls. You move with the keyboard in typical platformer fashion, but you hold the right click on the mouse to aim your flashlight and see what you can interact with (as nodes in many other p'n'c games) and then press and hold shift and the movement keys to interact with objects and use the inventory. Additionally, you can switch from the flaslight into a lasersight for shooting with F, but of course you can't interact with the lasersight on. It can be frustrating at times. Also, some objects you can interact with are either small enough to miss or blending in the dark backgrounds. There's around 2 or 3 of those that could have been better highlighted.

The positives outweigh the negatives, and I highly recommend it!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Holy ♥♥♥♥ this game is just nuts. This game is a 7/10 for playability (because i had to always deal with some major crashes which got fixed by switching to beta update and integrifying the game cache). The story is 8/10. It is interesting but the lore was missing in my eyes but not the story lacks it. Ambience 9/10. It took 4 hours for me to finish and just bought it for a really small price at the moment. In totel i give just a 8.5/10 must buy at this price before you miss it ladies and gents!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I liked this game and for 69p I liked it even better.

I read some negative reviews about not knowing what to do, but there wasn't anything that was really unintuitive, just sometimes hard to spot. I didn't turn the darkness as much as it told me to, so it was fine. The couple of times I got stuck, online walkthroughs were straighforward enough.

Looking forward to The Fall 2.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
You feed human heads to cardboard kids.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
I really liked how the game looked and it offered quite a bit of promise with the amount of abilities able to unlock. Only I learned that I unlocked half of them, and then it concludes with, "To be continued..." Which made me quite angry, as I thought I would have gotten more playing time out of it. To be honest, I won't come back to this game for a while unless, the second part is offered as DLC or is at a discounted price for people who bought the first part. I won't lie that the graphics look nice and cool, however that doesn't make up for the lack of content.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
A good puzzles game with clever puzzles, great story, and dark atmosphere. A couple of the puzzles are a bit unclear, and the interaction mechanic is weird; you have to point your gun at things to be able to interact with them or use items, which I found strange. It is also quite short.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Great game, worth the money. I definitely love the design and story but I'm really not a fan of the aim system. As I said still this is a great game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
I found the puzzles in this game frustrateing. Even after looking up the solutions I felt like some of them were a logical stretch.

You'll spend a lot of time making no porgress. Only to look up the solution and learn that you just hadn't shined your flashlight in the right corner somewhere. And you still won't know exactly what you're doing until you've blindly connected the dots. This will happel a lot.

This game isn't too smart for you, it just doesn't give you enouh information to let you be smart.
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