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 (979 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"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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“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

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    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
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
I love the story of this game, makes you wonder if AI's should be considered sentient beings or not. From now on ARID pwns GLaDOS :D
Posted: October 16
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
some obtuse puzzles but easily carried by an entralling story
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
I finished this damn thing back in June, and I still find myself thinking about it, so I figure, sure, I'll write a review. Might as well, since that'll probably boost it's visibility on Steam.

So first of all, this game has pretty much everything going for it on an aesthetic and narrative level. While not treading on wholly new ground, it handles its story very well and manages to be effective despite being composed of very familiar elements. The same goes for the art style. Harsh shadows, sharp angles, and cool colors are all very common in indie science fiction games, but they're done as expertly as possible here and they really add to the mood. Finally, the sound design is top-notch. Some stellar voice acting sets the standard easily lived up to by the eerie ambient sounds, all mixed to perfection for evoking the sense of isolation this game wants to acheive. The only area I wouldn't praise so highly is the music. It works and provides a good backdrop, but there's nothing incredibly standout or memorable.

The real pitfalls for this game lie in, well, its gameplay. Many have already pointed out the clunky shooting mechanics, which don't kill the experience entirely, but can be rather frustratng at times. However, I would also argue that some of the puzzles tread into "jump up and down with your finger on your nose five times and rub a dead spider on the window to activate the disco ball which you then shoot down to make a hole in the floor" levels of obtuse. It's infuriating and legimtately detracts from the overall engagement. Not all of the puzzles are this way, but enough of them are to get on my nerves and I suspect quite a few other people's nerves as well.

However, I think that what this game does right honestly makes up for the qualms I have with it. It's far from perfect, but it's a fairly unique experience and one I thoroughly enjoyed having. I can only hope that future installements live up to the promise shown here.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Great concept, excellent writing, fantastic voice acting. The problems lie with the gameplay: sticky and unresponsive controls, and the puzzles are all either too simple or too obscure. Overall, however, I enjoyed the experience and its Asimovian concepts.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
I'm having trouble articulating my thoughts and feelings with this game, so I'll just list pros and cons.

Pros
  • Visually interesting
  • Good voice acting
  • Atmospheric
  • Conceptually intriguing
  • Engaging story

Cons
  • Frustrating controls
  • Buggy
  • Some puzzles are obtuse
  • the game is part of a trilogy and so is not a complete story ("to be continued")

I could write some detail about each bullet point, but I am just not up to it. I guess I don't passionately love nor hate the game enough to spend the words on it. Let it be sufficient enough for me to say that I recommend this game if you get it on sale.

It does explore some issues with free will and choice, and because of that, I will elaborate a little on one scene where you have to make a difficult choice. The game actually made me stop and think about the consequences of simply pressing a red button and I thought that was cool. However, it was not clear to me in the game mechanics how I would go about NOT pressing that button. Would I be able to continue on with the story and complete the game without pressing that button? So, with hesitation, I pressed the button. I guess what I am saying is that this game is not shallow; there's some depth there.
Posted: October 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
This, along with Waking Mars, are both modern titles which reinvent the atmospheric and exploratory greatness of titles like Super Metroid. I've seldom been as engrossed in a game as I found myself with this one.

Do yourself a favor, if you enjoy mind bending stories, female protagonists and/or incredibly atmospheric environments... Drop ten dollars and.,, Fall for Ardis.
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Gah this was awesome
Like woah. The story is awesome, like really awesome. The art style is freaking cool. The characters were awesome. A few of the puzzles were hard, and the solotions to 2 of them I would have never thought of...and I had to look up a walkthrough for them...
so basically you are this bad ♥♥♥ AI, and you crashed on this planet of who-knows-what in the middle of who-knows-where, and you are trying to save the man inside your suit that got critically injured when you crashed. Its a combination of shooting and solving puzzles and listening to this Master Ai that is fabulously writen and voice acted.
BUT ALL IN THE ATTEMPT TO SAVE YOUR HUMAN
doot doot doot doooooo
and there's this caretaker dude who can "change his apperance" (which is just creepy)

on the bad side, its really buggy and I ended up having to close the game and reopen it at one point. Other times I'd just be sliding around the screen, or be unable to go back into cover, or get into a locked area.
Nothing too bad, but still really buggy.
The saving is also annoying. Its like Bioshock Infinite's saves, but a bit more frequent. I personally hate when the only saving that you can do in a game is the autosave.

BUT WITH THAT SAID, STILL!!!!
IT IS AWESOME
IT IS AMAZING
I LOVE IT
ITS GREAT
BUY IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT
This may be my favorite game of 2014. I LOVED IT!
I hope part 2 comes out soon
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
The Fall.
I found this game to be quite entriguing from start to end. While the general play was linear, it had some room for exploration to build background for the story. Some of the puzzles were easy to navigate and solve, while others were more challenging. There were one or two that had me go back and wander around looking around wondering "wtf, how the hell do I do this?", though overall they all gave a sense of accomplishment. I really enjoyed the story and the ideas it presented, and often had me thinking about I, Robot.

Only downsides I found were that I found it hard to play this in long sittings, and had to put time between solving the puzzles I got stuck on.

The Fall is a great game and am looking forward to potential expansions/parts in the future!
8.3/10
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 23
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Irrelevant
Posted: October 7
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
You are irrelevant
Posted: October 18
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3.9 hrs on record
This one was so intense and it's very atmospheric, try this if you wanna enjoy a great sci-fi adventure.
Posted: September 26
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4.2 hrs on record
Well written with a fantastic atmosphere. Puzzles are a bit obscure at times but once you figure them out you wonder why it wasn't clear to you in the first place. The neat thing is that not only are these puzzles integral to the story, they're also equal parts pretty amsuing and slightly disturbing. Witty stuff. Kind of one of those hidden gem kind of games really. Looking forward to the next two parts.

A-
Posted: September 29
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4.6 hrs on record
Short but sweet. Nice puzzle solver with some combat elements to the game with an interesting story to be told.
Posted: October 2
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6.5 hrs on record
Good graphics and atmosphere, good gameplay, interesting story, good pacing, not too long.
I had a lot of pleasure with this one and will buy the next episodes.
Posted: September 27
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2.8 hrs on record
For some reason this game brought me a feeling of dejas vue. Like i was meeting an old from from dreams past. otherwise a fantastice display of what crowd funding can achieve. I WANT MORE!
Posted: September 27
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4.0 hrs on record
The game is worth it on sale price, but only for the story and atmosphere. The gameplay is more or less a point and click adventure disguised as a platformer. The "puzzle" elements are not very good, nothing is hinted at and there isn't really a way to beat the game without either a guide or extensive trial and error.

The story is good, and was the only motivation to beat the game for me, but the ending falls a little flat since they plan to make this game the first part of a trilogy. I don't plan to buy the next game in the series, despite the ending or the overall story.
Posted: October 12
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2.9 hrs on record
Gripping and challenging, The Fall is an awesome Sci-fi puzzle/horrorish game (with no jump scares!) that I HIGHLY reccomend if you like AIs or AI theory.
Posted: October 12
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41.0 hrs on record
I'll be completely upfront about this, you should definitely consider getting this game. The Fall is part one of a trilogy, that shows real promise. Admittedly it's short, only clocking between three to five hours in length, although given that it is priced at $10, it is still worth considering given the quality of the game.

The game has a very dark and grim atmosphere, with complementing artwork. The Fall has very interesting and dark story elements that are consistently immesive throughout the whole time you're playing it. You're consistently discovering creepy story hooks, constant questions that deal with dealing with reconciliation over conflicting operating perameters, or even identifying what taking life is. Ever wondered if artificial intelligence could lose it's sanity? Throughout the game, you are out solving reasonably complex, yet logical puzzles that have a clever, and dark humour. Some of them are actually quite hillarious, in a ♥♥♥♥ed up kind of way. It is worth mentioning, that some of the puzzles can be somewhat vague and assuming that the logical answer is there, while you are solving unrelated puzzles unintentionally, others can annoyingly still ellude you with almost no explanation.

Overall the game is very good. A critisism I have for it however, is that the controls are a little weird, and awkward - particularly while using a mouse and keyboard. The controller works a little better, that being said, regardless of what you use, the gameplay is very good. It certainly could use a bit of a polish in functionality and smoothness, but other than that it's a solid start to an impressive story, which is the part that really sells this game. The writing for this was amazing, and is well worth your time.
Posted: October 13
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4.2 hrs on record
this game is a must to have !
Posted: October 13
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