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 (1,826 reviews)
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."

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 530 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
The Fall is a kickstarted side-scrolling sci-fi adventure. The game is the very first release for Vancouver-based studio Over the Moon. It melds tense exploration of an alien world with devious puzzles and occasional action sequences, all tied together by a genuinely interesting and original story. Players take on the role of ARID – an artificial intelligence embedded in a combat suit, intended for use by a human pilot. As the game begins, ARID's pilot is mortally wounded, and her systems are damaged. You don't know where you are, having crash-landed on an unknown planet, but you must do everything you can to keep your pilot alive. It's not often that game stories examine AI personalities. There's the classic Planetfall by Infocom, and Wadjet Eye Games' recent Primordia, but it's surprising how few other games touch on a topic so intertwined with the computer technology that they're based on. By raising questions about forced obedience and the legitimacy of artificial life, The Fall is a worthwhile, if short, addition to these efforts.The game focuses mainly on exploration, which makes for a refreshing change of pace when compared to other side-scrollers. More importantly, it allows players room to breathe; there's no relentless push to the next objective, and you can really soak up the atmosphere on offer. While the default running speed is adequate, I actually felt compelled to walk for much of the game, because I wanted to spend more time enjoying the sense of exploration and suspense.It's a shame that the story, as compelling as it may be, is told almost exclusively through dialogue. Given the strong atmosphere and fascinating setting, I would've loved to see more environmental story-telling a la Fallout 3.Occasionally, The Fall dips its toes into the action-platformer pool by throwing a handful of enemies your way. There's a rudimentary cover system on offer, but the combat feels pretty clunky.In an interesting design decision, the exploration and combat modes of gameplay are separated by way of a toggle switch. When inspecting the world, ARID can use a broad torch beam to highlight interactive objects, but it switches to a laser targeting sight at the press of a button.Graphically, The Fall looks great thanks to its brooding minimalism. The focus on silhouettes draws obvious comparisons to Limbo and the many games released afterwards that tried to ape its art style, but it's done well enough here that I really can't fault it.The audio, too, is excellent throughout. The game is fully and ably voiced, with no noticeably flubbed dialogue. I was also very impressed with the soundtrack, which makes several dynamic changes based on location and fits well with the visuals. Sadly, with no difficulty settings or branching paths, I suspect most people will find replayability limited. This wouldn't be an issue at all if the story were longer, but even the most puzzle-averse gamer is likely to complete the game in few hours. Still, this isn't unreasonable for a quality title, and The Fall fits firmly in the same realm as games like To the Moon and Botanicula, price point included.If you're looking for your next action-packed side-scroller, you'll probably find this game unsatisfying and a little long-winded. For everyone else, especially fans of adventure games and sci-fi, you won't want to miss this one. The Fall is a great story, well told, and it's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
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136 of 199 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This was an interesting point and click style adventure with some actual 2D gunplay mixed in. The story was kind of a sardonic Terminator/2001-ish tale. The puzzles were mostly fair challenges with one exception which was notably difficult with no real obvious solutions even with trial and error.
The graphics looked nice and did a great job of helping to create a hopeless and yet, as mentioned before, wry and sardonic tongue in cheek sort of atmosphere.

The gameplay itself was fairly seamless, and I found no real issues with hit detection and the like.

All in all a very well crafted and fun game. The ending itself was a genuine laugh out loud moment for me. I will be curious to see how the follow up plays out and hope the developers are successful in getting it released.

All told, a solid 7 out of 10.
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81 of 134 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
My ship was destroyed and I fall. This is not what I call the good landing, but hopefully I am still working. Wait, something is malfunctoning... reboot. The pilot - seems to be unconscious and need medical assistance. First statement I have no idea where am I. Grim atmosphere, dark and mysterious place, it looks like some kind of industrial complex. My name is A.R.I.D and my main objective is to keep the pilot inside ME alive. Many obstacles keep slowing me down and the time is running out...
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