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 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
The Fall is a game I bought on a whim, not expecting much.

Mostly because I liked the idea of playing an AI-controlled combat suit trying to protect its owner after landing in an unknown and hostile environment. The human in the suit unconscious. Boy did I underestimate the writing of this game.

So first, the most important thing to know is that the AI - her name is A.R.I.D. - has a set of rules to follow that make it hard for her to master her unknown surroundings at first. She's bound to three basic rules:

Do not distort reality (i.e. lie)
Be obedient
Protect the human who's wearing the suit

However, in order to advance in the game, she needs some features that are initially disabled in her operating system. Yet, once her human is in grave danger, the system re-evaluates the need for manual activation of features by a human and, if deemed necessary to prevent death, will enable the feature in question by itself.

For example, there's a situation that requires her to activate a crane while she's being attacked by a particular enemy. It's only then that she's able to turn on her networking ability to get out of this situation.

There are lots of puzzles you need to solve to advance that range from easy to brainteasing. I enjoyed them, save for those few that I couldn't seem to make sense of at first. But as is usually the case with those kinds of things, once you figure out the solution you wonder why you hadn't found it earlier.

The action bits - gunfights, mostly - are challenging, but features like the suit's ability to cloak as well as taking cover make them fairly easy to survive. That's not to say they're too easy, but this game is definitely more about story, skill and solving puzzles than shooting. It does fit in nicely, tho.

The story itself isn't particularly elaborate at first - all you know is you're an AI-enabled combat suit who landed on some strange unknown world in a weird kind of factory used to repair household robots that aren't working "efficiently" anymore - that is to say, they've become self-aware and are no longer safe to work around humans. The security robots and the main (robotic) caretaker of the facility deem she's faulty for reasons I'm not going to elaborate on because that's best explored yourself, forcing her to work together with the self-aware mainframe AI in control of the facility in order to get past the security robots. The ending did surprise me, however, and it's something I truly looked forward to the whole time.

I highly recommend this game. The voice acting is excellent, the graphics are nothing short of beautiful, with the animations fluid and realistic. The gameplay is very pleasing, as is the sound design and the music. And then there's the story that made it hard for me to quit playing. And for the first part of a trilogy, I was pretty happy with the ending. It didn't feel like it was only the first part, and that's always a good thing as far as I'm concerned.

Get it, play it, enjoy it. If you're into Sci-Fi, adventure-like puzzles and have a couple of hours to spare, give it a go. You won't be disappointed.
Posted: September 25
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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
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
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
6.1 hrs on record
Atmospheric, suspenseful, well paced. Great voice-acting. Gameplay interlaced with exploration and logical puzzle solving that doesn't feel contrived. Combat could use a bit more work, but does not detract from overall experience. A short game, but still manages to be enthralling with its setting, subject matter, and top notch presentation.

Hearty recommendation, but if 2nd guessing spending the money on a fairly short game, at least follow news on upcoming episodes.
Posted: September 24
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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
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
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 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
gud gaym
Posted: September 25
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Irrelevant
Posted: October 7
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0 of 1 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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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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17.1 hrs on record
The Fall is fantastic. Only problem is that it's too short. The only thing that makes it long, are the periods where you get stumped. Someone who knows the solutions to every puzzle could plow through it in around 20 minutes.

It's a bit like a point and click adventure game, but a little better at being able to brute force your way to a solution when you are stuck (if you're paying enough attention, you can try everything you have on every noteworthy area of the room). The controls can be a bit dodgy, but have good ideas in them. I love that you have to choose whether to have your laser sight or your flashlight at any given time - you cannot be both a warrior and an explorer simultaneously.

It's not too twitchy, although there's definitely combat. Anyone can get through the fighting with a bit of practice, and a careful eye on their stats. This is a boon for the kind of game that The Fall is - primarily a medium for its puzzles and story.

The twist at the end is a bit predictable, I'd figured it out early on. But I would tend to get invested in the urgency of the moment, and forget my suspicions for awhile, only reconsidering my actions later on. In particular, the mass stasis chamber - the implications of that decision only really hit home when you think about it in the context of the big reveal. That's about as much I can say about THAT without completely giving everything away.

I am really eager for a sequel or continuation or something... I did not expect the game to end where it did, and I can't wait to see what happens next. There's so much more to the Domesticon mythology that is only hinted at, and does not get resolution or closure. I know the devs are planning to provide more, but I don't know when, or what form it will take - even DLC is possible.
Posted: October 19
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4.5 hrs on record
Interesting story. Great atmosphere. I also liked the controls (some write they didn't).
Posted: October 2
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4.2 hrs on record
This game is really a work of art. Absolutely great storytelling, graphics are excellent, gameplay is almost perfect and bursts with potential for its future.

Only downside is that just when the game gets at its best, it ends in ''to be continued". This game deserves and needs the support necessary to bring this great story to a close. I hope to see the sequel come soon to complete the experience, it will be a day one purchase for me.
Posted: October 15
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12.1 hrs on record
#1 game in last 10 years! I'll be waiting in my biological skin suit at the edge of my super built excitement and anticipation of part #2 please please release number #2 soon!

Thank you so much for such a great game! It's taken my mind off of metroid for the moment searched and searched the world for more metroidvania type game (Metroid) - (Super Metroid) and this hands down meets my needs thank you again i really enjoyed it all the way to the end!

Im so excited for the next installments of this IP realease 2 and 3 and hopefully you will see future intreset in realeasing this with even more release then whats planned!

So excited for episode 2 and 3 please if you would be so kind is there a time frame for release date of part 2 or even to perticipate in beta etc? thanks Hi5

Happy Customer!

Justin Cram
DyingJedi :d2invoker:
Posted: October 16
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