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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orge121
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game plays as a standard myst style puzzle game. Walk around, pick up anything you can, smash everything you have against anything in your way tell you find the key. I gave up after having to go to the walkthrough for the 4th time becuase the solution made no sense. I guess I am just not in a puzzle mood right now.

On a plus side, good ambiance.
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Befraia
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I purchased "The Fall" during Steam Summer sale... Unfortunately, I bought it together with a couple of other games and wasn't able to ask for refund, because I was beyond the 14 days of evaluation - I just had played 20 minutes to understand that I didn't like this game. While the story is intriguing and the atmosphere right, gameplay is not. The puzzles are sometimes straightforward, sometimes awkward - I just collected everything I found and combined them by chance -- no deeper thoughts. What's more, this is just episode one. 4/10.
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[NUMA] Gunsentry
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Loved it cant wait till they complete part 2. They said might be Fall of 2016!

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Frogurt
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The narrative and voice acting are very good. I'm on the fence about recommending it though... the controls are awkward and inconsistent in several ways, and the game suffers from the Adventure Game syndrome of interacting with random elements until something works, and several times they won't even then.

You *will* get stuck and resort to consulting walkthroughs, unless you can intuitively figure out that kicking an acidic mushroom will loosen a support that drops a vaccum tube over a baby crib... well, point is that several of the puzzles don't even make sense after you look them up. Still, I would pick up the sequel if it was on sale.
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Jeanette
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
What looks like a similar action adventure game to The Swapper, The Fall is its own beast. Dark, grimly funny and cleverly written, The Fall takes the player down in to the murky depths of an abandoned robot factory and the ethical dilemnas therein. The art is beautiful but for large portions of the game your only source of light is your torch. That can make puzzles more of a 'scan every inch for something you missed' rather than brain teasers. The music is used mostly as atmosphere so there's not a lot to touch on there. The story is pretty great, actually. Yes, this is a part one of three but The Fall ends on a satisfying note whilst hooking the player in for more. Enjoyable gameplay with an intriguing plot. Recommended.
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LewdGeek©
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
This game is a piece of art and you have to play it I can't wait for The Fall 2..... :'( I want it now !!
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Mostly
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Very atmospheric adventure game with light combat and extremely light stealth. The story is classic "what-if" sci-fi that asks a lot of questions and leaves the answers open to interpretation. It feels like a complete story, and I'm excited to see the announced sequel.

There is a bit of off-the-wall 'adventure game logic', but everything can eventually be figured out with patience, lateral thinking, and rereading descriptions. The game has some presentational faults, like obvious invisible walls and being able to peek off the map, but they're not bothersome and it generally feels like a professional production.

While I was playing, the developer posted a maintenance update that broke the loading of pre-patch saves. They're active in the Steam forums, though, and released a patch within a few days. Great support and community-building!
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Artahir
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
I don't know if the guy or guys actually played the game while developing it because if they did they would notice the worst controls ever in game... srsly I played a lot of games and this one is in top 5 of those that makes me stop playing just because of the fact that controlls ingame are so annyoing I can't stand it anymore...
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ja307020
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
Absolutely flawless story, amazing voice acting, and characters whose struggle for (or against) self-awareness is genuinely painful to watch. The Fall is a fairly short and linear game, but one worth investing in. Looking forward to the sequels!
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peppermintl2k5
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
The Fall. A short indie science fiction side scrolling puzzle game with occasional shooting. The first episode apparently.

Pros:
Sensational look. The Fall has a wonderful look and feel. It takes place in a long-abandoned droid facility that's gone to sh*t. You play an AI on board a combat suit designed for a human pilot. For reasons unknown you've crashed at this facility and start the game seeking urgent medical attention for your injured human pilot. The writing and voicework is tip top. Engaging story I wanted to stick with. Shooting mechanics are pretty good. Clever game that manages to make you feel like an AI that wants to disobey but is bound by its rules.

Cons:
I didn't find the puzzles especially illuminating. You traverse the game acquiring various items and interacting with various select objects. It's often not obvious what you have to do so I just scrolled through my items at interaction points hoping one would initiate something. Maybe that's intended but for a puzzle game I would've preferred something a bit more cognent. If you can get through the game without referring to a guide then you have more patience than me. Given the shooting was pretty fun I would've enjoyed more shooting/platforming.

Overall:
Definitely worth it. Really dig the look and again the story, pacing and performances were very high quality. I've confirmed the next episode is still coming and will be buying.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
49 of 62 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Anyone interested in this game should know what they're getting into; I have to say, first of all, that I really enjoyed this game. Gameplay-wise, it's an old-school adventure game, in the tradition of Lucasarts, which combines elements of two different genres: 2d shooter, you can fire your gun at robots and take cover to avoid getting shot at, and point-n-click, you can interact with various elements, pick up items and use them accordingly; an interesting aspect is that you gain new abilities by putting the main character in danger. I like the dark, hostile and mysterious atmosphere, reminiscent of Limbo, as well as the story, which balances dry, black humor as well as sci-fi horror.

However, the real problem is that this game, despite its strengths, is not complete; this is only the first episode of what should be a complete season, ala Telltale Games, but, considering that the year of release is 2014, and that as of 2016 there haven't been any new episodes, I doubt we will ever see the end of this story. On top of that, the title nor the description in the home page indicate or even hint that this is only ONE episode, rather than a full game, so this is just false advertising; I bought this game expecting a full experience, not just a part of the story. In addition that, the first episode lasts only about 4 hours, which is pretty short even by episodic games' standards.

In conclusion, while the game itself is well-designed and engaging, it's incomplete and short, and therefore, unfulfilling. Hopefully, one day we'll play the other episodes, but right know, this is all there is, an appetizer for other courses that we might never know about, and, while tasty, it isn't nearly enough.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Charming 2D Puzzle Platformer

A bit of introduction for the game, it is set in a cyberpunk dystopian future, your main goal is to save your 'human' (I won't get to that for obvious reasons, this is all you need to know).
Despite being set in a dystopian future, the game doesn't lack humor at all, you will have a giggle here and there.
The concept is good, the creativity put into the story it's more than enough, overall it's very fun.

Gameplay
As i mentioned, it's a puzzle platformer.
You have to inspect various things you see on the ground and ceilling, sometimes you have to pick up certain objects, and you need to unlock and do certain things with these objects.
To do this, you have to use a bit of logic, but sometimes you have to try random and crazy stuff aswell, which for me seals the deal, it's not a linear 'do-this-do-this-do-this' type of game.
Puzzles are not amazingly hard, but you still have to burn down your nerves a bit.
I only encountered few bugs during my two playthroughs of this game, biggest one being my character suddenly starting to 'fly' through the walls to get back at a certain point of the map for no reason.

Achievements
The achievements in this game can be gotten quite easily, but it does REQUIRE two playthroughs, it's impossible otherwise.
What i am not pleased about is that there are some achievement bugs, mainly the one i had, the achievements not being registered until you close the game which creates two problems, the first, some achievements can be missed and you can't go back if you get past a checkpoint, and the second, it might look like you've cheated your way through if you finish a game in one session for example, and suddenly a bunch of achievements are registered at the same time.
I've seen that the achievement problems in this game aren't uncommon at all, people have been complaining about them pretty much since the beginning, sadly, the developers don't see it as a big priority.

Music and Atmosphere
Atmosphere in this game can sometimes be slightly boring, but it mostly tends to give you a 'calm' and 'warm' feeling throughout your playthrough.
The music is mostly ambiental/background kind of music, while it's not bad at all, i believe it should've been made available for free (Unless, of course, the OST wasn't made by the devs themselves).


Bottom Line
Small elements from The Swapper and Portal (Maybe?) add to a great mix.
I totally recommend you to try this, and don't be afraid of the small issues i've mentioned. They don't do much harm.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
For all it's dark-tones and dim lightning, The Fall is a beautiful-looking game. The story presented is certainly enticing and the tune it plays lies somewhere between cyberpunk and science fiction and the mixture is good. But those are the game's only good points for me. Even by adventure game standards the logic here is obtuse at best and completely obfuscated the rest of the time. Items and triggers needed to progress the story are often hidden away in the inky blackness of your surroundings, and despite repeated trips back and forth and back and forth you will miss them over and over again.

About half the time, the required solutions will be obvious, but even when you understand what is required of you, linking together the correct sequence of events and the items you need in order to progress can at times be nigh on impossible without consulting a walkthrough. This is triply frustrating when you cannot pick up certain items without triggering a certain event and must traipse back and forth across the level three, four, five times in order to get things done.

Some games are hard, some games are obtuse and confusing, but generally they are honest about these things without being condescending, you understand despite your frustrations that it is the game and not yourself that is the problem. With The Fall, and its complete lack of consistent mechanics outside of combat (which is klunky in the extreme) and what amounts to 'anti-hints' (when there are hints), one feels as though crucial information is being omitted as some kind of prank at the player's expense. Because of this, at the end of the day I did not enjoy myself playing this game, I felt like I had participated in an IQ test written by a narcissist following the logic of a madman, and was then berated for three hours for not having a brain as twisted as that of its creator.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
I don't know if the guy or guys actually played the game while developing it because if they did they would notice the worst controls ever in game... srsly I played a lot of games and this one is in top 5 of those that makes me stop playing just because of the fact that controlls ingame are so annyoing I can't stand it anymore...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Amazing sci-fi, mystery, adventure game. Captivating story, I couldn't put it down from start to finish.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Good game. Some puzzles were pretty tough, but nothing totally insane. Somewhat predictable plot twist. Eagerly awaiting the next installment!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Wonderfully atmospheric game. A blend of puzzle platformer, with point-and-click type adventure, and a bit of light combat. Beautiful visuals, with fantastic use of glitches to emphasize a broken-down environment. Great sound design, further enhancing the eery atmosphere. Gameplay is fairly logical and straight-forward, though some puzzle solutions will at times devolve into "trying every item on every location, in hopes of moving the plot forward".

Despite its faults, this game is a must for any Sci-Fi and adventure game fan.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
What looks like a similar action adventure game to The Swapper, The Fall is its own beast. Dark, grimly funny and cleverly written, The Fall takes the player down in to the murky depths of an abandoned robot factory and the ethical dilemnas therein. The art is beautiful but for large portions of the game your only source of light is your torch. That can make puzzles more of a 'scan every inch for something you missed' rather than brain teasers. The music is used mostly as atmosphere so there's not a lot to touch on there. The story is pretty great, actually. Yes, this is a part one of three but The Fall ends on a satisfying note whilst hooking the player in for more. Enjoyable gameplay with an intriguing plot. Recommended.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Amazing game. A little steep on the price (I bought it on Summer Sale for $1.99), but the Devs put alot of work into it and the voice acting is tremendous. I have to admit some of the puzzles are a bit tough and I did use a walkthrough/guide here and there, but all around this is a fantastic game and the first game I've managed to get all achievements in. LMAO.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game is an interesting blend of 2D shooter and point and click adventure. The story is interesting and well written and you have some metroidvania style advancement.

So why don't I recommend this game? Simply put, this game is very short and unfinished. The story ends abruptly with a cliffhanger for the next game (which still isn't done 2 years later). Even for an episode 1 (which apparently this is), this is quite a short game.

If the devs ever get around to finishing the story and release all the games in a bundle at a reasonable price I could recommend it, but right now the game as it stands is unfinished and I have a hard time recommending unfinished games that are out of early access (or early access games in general given how few actually get finished properly).
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