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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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 AFK
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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Lostdivinity
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
Not for me!
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I'm Not Sue
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game is somewhat disappointing. The story is of a combat suit AI on a derelict planet with other dysfunctional AI, and goes more or less as you expect. While presented well, it has a cliffhanger ending you can see a mile away. The game has strengths in presentation and character, but lacks in enjoyable game mechanics and too many confusing puzzles for a light action / puzzle platformer.

Combat consists of hopping in and out of cover and shooting other robots who do the same with cover regenerating your shields (just like a cover shooter), but it never really evolves beyond this nor does it become fun. It can be clunky as well, as a certain attack can only be performed from a certain position behind an enemy andgetting it to trigger can be finnicky.

I also ran into a few bugs. One notatable bug involved moving back and forth between a menu causing the menu options to no longer work when clicked on, requiring an ALT-F4 forcequit. Another caused loss of control and my character began slowly sliding across the screen until encountering a wall, where I regained control again. The first occurred a few times, the latter just once. The game otherwise ran well.

With unfufilling game mechanics and story, I can't really recommend this game. The game is no more than 3-4 hours long and doesn't have replayability. Perhaps worth a purchase on sale for an afternoon or two's worth of entertainment.
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bara
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
Nice game, nice story
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samuelbwatson
4.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
This is a good game.

It's a very atmospheric game, with enough creepy touches and somewhat unsettling things to keep things interesting, though I don't think I'd call it a horror game. It's just naturally eerie.

ARID, the robot, is actually a fairly sympathetic character. That was one of my favorite things about the game, how well they incorporated robot characters. It's really fun playing a robot and having to deal with other robots: the interactions and dialogue choices are just *almost* human but obviously just not quite the same. Having to view everything as a robot would is also fun; I loved how you get a dialogue option several times that was "tell the truth" vs "lie" and you're not able to select "lie" because...well, that's one of the robot rules, and you just have to deal with the consequences.

I only regret that I didn't notice the option to make the aiming control "toggle" instead of hold down the right mouse button constanty until the last few minutes of the game. Oh well.

Anyway. Way fun, looks like it'll lead to some cool things when they release the next part (apparently next year).
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AesAthena
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 19
THE FALL's fabulous AI characters belong in the same pantheon as GlaDOS and Wheatley. You may have to run back and forth to the forums for puzzle tips (because man, some of them are obtuse!), but you'll keep coming back because you WANT TO KNOW what happens to these characters.

One of the reasons these droids get their hooks in you is because they're spectaularly voice-acted. I especially loved the rapport between ARID and the AI in the middle section. (You'll know 'im when you hear 'im!) ARID's performance is easily on par with GlaDOS'. Great subtleties going on there.

Story, atmosphere and characters are this game's strengths. The actiony bits (movement, platforming, and combat) are not. They're not so bad as to make it unplayable, but if you're not patient with these things, if you're trying to run and gun like you're Earthworm Jim, you're gonna be a sad, frustrated panda.

That said, I enjoyed the following so much that I forgave the game's action shortcomings, and I think you will, too:

- The aesthetic, which feels like someone smashed together TRON, LIMBO, LONE SURVIVOR, and the first two ODDWORLD Abe games. The environments are spooky and mysterious without being dour and colorless.

- The offbeat humor in the second part. Oh. Man. It's robot humor, which is the best humor.

- THE FLASHLIGHT IS ON THE GUN. Which is how real-life military operators set up their weapons. Hollywood can't even get this right! (Maybe next time they'll add in a little crouch animation for when you're shooting?)

- Speaking of the flashlight, I SUPER enjoyed the way I had to inspect my environment with the flashlight. It really brought me into the world.

- Takedowns. They're fun AND they make the combat easier. Did you know when you vault over something, you get to trash the guy on the other side? Also you can shoot over your cover, which I wish I knew at the beginning!

- The emotional connections you'll form with these characters. One part made me SO ANGRY!! And I like that inna game. Because games that hit me like short stories get remembered like short stories, and become a part of me. Love it.

Can't wait to see what happens in PART 2!

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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
14 of 15 people (93%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Creative, engrossing, and simply fun. I look forward to Part 2.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
We still need a neutral or mixed for reviews. I recommend this game if it is on sale, i got it for a dollar and I don't feel too cheated, but I wouldn't pay any more than that.
-The game looks nice, but a few of the animations are weird.
-The story is top tier stuff, and I wish there was more lore about the world.
-The gameplay is comparable to point and click adventures but with VERY awkward controls, but you'll get used to them. That is if you don't take any breaks, which won't be very hard, because the length of the game is its worst sin, clocking in at about 3.5 hours for me. I've played maybe 2 point and click adventures, and I don't speedrun games, so the length isn't my fault.
If the game were longer, then I might recommend it at a price higher than $1, but the length is almost criminally short. If there was some sort of comic book or even a novel set in this world, however, I would read the hell out of it. It also ends on a cliffhanger ending, and the second game isn't out yet.
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