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 (1,954 reviews) - 91% of the 1,954 user reviews for this game are positive.
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."


“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
Helpful customer reviews
55 of 57 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The Fall is a side scrolling, almost point and click style adventure game. It was released in early 2014 on the PC, and then later released on the consoles in July 2015.

Plot wise, The Fall is focused on A.R.I.D, which stands for Autonomous Robotic Interface Device (a good mouthful right?), you navigate through a destroyed industrial factory looking for a medical aid for the human inside of the suite you are in control of.

The gameplay is similar to that of Metroidvania style games, you aim with the right analog stick and shoot. You are equipped with a torch and a gun (eventually), you can switch between your laser sight on the gun, and your flashlight. This game is extremly dark, so you will need to use your light ALOT. Thankfully you don't have to running out of batteries like most games seem to force on you nowdays, your flashlight will never run out of juice.

Parts of this game feel like you are playing a point and click adventure, you have to locate certain objects in the game world by highlighting them with your flashlight before you can interact with them. You can combine objects to make new ones to aid you with puzzles, all of these are common found mechanics found in adventure games. There is some very basic shooting action to be found - when I say basic, it is very basic; don't expect to go into crazy gun battles with the androids, you have one weapon throughout the whole game, it has unlimited ammo, and all of the enemies die in the same amount of shots, apart from the end boss.

Graphically, The Fall is not exactly top of the range graphics; the atmoshere is so dark that they actually get away with having amazing graphics, the game puts alot of effort into the lighting to create the decaying atmosphere that you are set in. If anything, I think it may of been a little too dark, as sometimes it made it a real challenge to be able to see what you are looking for, especially since the flashlights arc is so small anyway.

Much like other metroidvania type games, all of the levels are non-linear, allowing you to explorer to your hearts content, there are a few locked doors which you have to work around, but the majority of the time you can go where ever you want; at first, the vast amount of rooms and corridors you find yourself in is very overwhelming, but you will soon be able to work your way around with ease, even without any sort of map/mini map.

A fullplay through of The Fall took me just under four hours. It starts out quite slowly but soon picks up pace once you are thrown into completing certain tasks in order to get merit points. I managed to get through the game with minimum deaths, maybe 5 or so through the whole game, so it is by no means a difficult game to finish.

I am going to simply just recommend The Fall, it's by no means a bad game, but it also doesn't blow me out of the water. I did enjoy playing it, and there is some really interesting moments in the game; there is a sequel in development, and I am eager to find out where they intend on taking the plot as it stands now. If you go into The Fall with the expectations of it being a point and click adventure game, you will enjoy yourself; however don't go into it wanting a really action filled playthrough as it is not that at all.

1) Stay away
2) Only recommended when on sale
3) Recommended
4) Highly recommended
5) This is a must play

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206 of 303 people (68%) found this review helpful
4 people 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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17 of 21 people (81%) 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.

- 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

- 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.

- 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Going into this game, I probably knew bare minimum, other than it looked really cool.

Going into it that way was probably my best decision. It only took about 3 hours to complete the game(of course with some back tracking when I got lost). But even though this game was only 3 hours, I still enjoyed every moment of it. I enjoyed it beginning to end, and now I want more. I am more than glad a second game is in the works, and I am looking forward to what it will have to offer.

This game was just truly amazing for being a Kickstarter funded game. It was very suspenseful and the story was beyond expectations. I was drawn in from the very beginning. I definitely can't forget to mention I basically played this in 2 sittings (in a single day). And I don't normally play single player games for such a long period of time, and definitely in one day. Even though 3 hours doesn't sound like much. For me, playing a game that long within a short time period means I was heavily into the game.

And I am glad I was. Because this has definitely got to be one of my all time favorite games now.

Great game. Especially for anyone into the Sci-fi / Thriller type of game. A MUST PLAY. Dedicate the 3 hours! You will not be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
+ Wonderful and compelling storytelling, great atmosphere and voice acting. This game is simply perfect if you are into dark stories and Artificial Intelligence.

- Controls feel somehow raw, especially when you need to react quickly, but not overly annoying.

Definitely waiting for the second part now!
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