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 (1,415 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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February 9

The Fall 1.52 - new stuff!

We're still hard at work updating The Fall with new additions. In case you didn't hear, we recently added Trading cards, a sound track, controller support upgrades, and bug fixes.

This update, we've been working with our friends over at wordsofmagic.com , who did a fantastic job completely re-doing our French translation. It is now much better at providing an authentic The-Fall-y experience for native French speakers. Additionally, several language related bug fixes are in as well, mostly to do with text formatting, but a few general gameplay bugs have also been fixed.

I wanted to take a minute to thank the community (probably you, if you're reading this) for being so awesome at sharing your opinions about the game and reporting any issues when you find them. Believe it or not, this will be the first update that will be launched publicly - as to appear in the "updated games" section (which is why I re-mentioned trading cards at the top of this update). It's caused me to look back on how far we've come. The Fall has improved leaps and bounds since it was released last May 30th, and we've got you to thank!

That's all for now, but we hope to have another interesting update coming before too long (for everyone, not just French speakers :) ). I wish I could show you guys the stuff we've got cooking for Part 2... I'm so excited about it and I know you'll love it. But..... all in good time!

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December 18, 2014

The Fall 1.5 Released - Trading Cards Added!

The Fall 1.5 has been released. Most notably, we've added trading cards, so have fun with those! Otherwise, several little fixes and tweaks have been added. For example, Joystick mapping has been adjusted so that combat is much more natural. For a complete list of tweaks and fixes, chck out:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/290770/discussions/0/619574421277571305/

Also, we have released The Fall's official soundtrack! It can be purchased from The Fall's store page, or here:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/334180/

That's it for now! As always, if you want to chat (or have questions) come visit our forum!

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Reviews

“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
113 of 124 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
The Fall is a very good game, but kind of short really.

Basically, you start as Sci-Fi Suit, fallen in a weird place or planet, and you have to seek medical help for your unconscious pilot.
You have to go through really creative puzzles and challenges through this survival adventure.
They really put a good work for this game, even the achievements are fun to accomplish.
It looks at first like a casual platformer, but as you play you will feel how good and engaging mechanics this game delivers.
The game is story driven, it shows you how A.I. can have a passion, feeling and willing to sacrifice for the sake of that pilot.

+ Good mechanics.
+ Creative puzzles.
+ Good atmosphere.
+ Good story.
+ Nice achievements.

I really recommend this game for its creativity and the good mix of Mechanics, Puzzles and Story.

Would play a sequel.

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ذا فول لعبة جيدة جدا، ولكن نوعا ما قصيرة.

كمقدمة ، عليك أن تبدأ كبدلة فضائية او حربية في عالم الخيال العلمي، تهبط في مكان غريب أو كوكب،ولازم تنقذ طيارك المصاب اثراء ذلك الهبوط.

ستمر من خلال ألغاز وتحديات حلوة وابداعية والبعض يحتاج تركيز على البيئة التي حولك
من الأمثلة أنك تحتاج الى اختراق نظام تشغيلك من أجل اجتياز بعض العقبات

 قد تبدو لعبة عادية من النظرة الأولى نفس الشيء معي
لكنها تحتوي على عمق جميل في طريقة اللعب والالغاز والقصة

أساس اللعبة هو القصة التي تبين لك اهتمام البدلة بقائدها الذي يجلعها تضحي بكل شيء

من الأشياء الجميلة أيضا الانجازات داخل اللعبة
بعضها لا يكمن في تحدي او سرعة او من ذا النوع
بل من النوع اللي يبين أنت قد ايش داخل جو في القصة ويبين اختياراتك واهتمامك بالقائد

تجربة جميلة وفريدة من نوعها للعبة صغيرة وقصيرة بتاخذ منك من أربعة الى ستة ساعات
ممكن أقل من كذا يعتمد على اسلوب اللعب

وبيكون في أجزاء أخرى للعبة تم التأكيد انه بينزل جزء ثاني وثالث مع بعض
وممكن يكونون في بندل مع بعض فاذا ما كنت مستعجل انتظر الى حين نزولهم

اللعبة تتطلب انجليزي
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
An exploration-based 2D adventure game, you play the part of a robotic intelligence housed in a pilot suit. Said pilot came crashing out of space, and ploughed several dozen meters into the ground, reaching a complex cavern system. Sadly, said Fall also injured the pilot, and he is now unresponsive. Cue the takeover of the computer system, the A.R.I.D. (mark 7), which operates the suit and has to reason its way through strange situations and odd puzzles to escape the caves and save its pilot.

The game stands up well on its storytelling, especially with how the robotic intelligence responds to the situation at hand, creating a very believable, if weird, atmosphere. The controls can be a bit hard to get used to, but as always with these things, unless they’re poorly designed, once you’re used to them, that becomes a non-issue. Sound design is decent, with acceptable voice work involved, and the graphics are decent. Not too much can be said about those though, given that a huge amount of everything is just solid darkness. Still, it definitely sets the tone!

Kouen couldn’t stop playing the bloody thing, and Lasharus has since bought it, so we can safely say this one is recommended!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=332716610
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Nice adventure, and it is definitely worth the money. Reminds me some good-old short (yes, it is short) stories by sci-fi-theme writers (like Asimov or Lem), talking about artificial intelligence trying to evaluate themselves in some situation. Those stories were ones of my favourite. They are often in a form of a tragedy, and so this game is - creepy and sad, combined with some great black humor moments and dark surreal sci-fi background.

So I really appreciate the scenario, writings and acting, among the great decorations of abandoned location and nice ambient soundtrack. Please, support the authors, buy it and enjoy.

Yes, there are some issues common for a such type of game (adventure) like not intuitive quests. Although the solutions actually make sense (not purely random), few times during the game process I found myself clicking every interactive object and every inventory item trying to combine each one with another.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
The Fall has a lot to say for a game that doesn't want to tell you what it is.

It wraps its narrative up in the pretense of AIs attempting to work within protocols to protect the humans they serve, but digging deeper it's not very hard to apply its underlying themes to areas outside the field of technology. Taken in a different light, The Fall is potentially a dialogue of the dangers presented with the necessity to work within societal rules and expectations; to be who you were created to be, and serve the ones who made you without question of their intention or if it is indeed "right".

Matters of the value of one life over another, abusing a system you've been placed in for your own needs, and whether the end really can justify the means are presented in such a way as to never be the sole focus of the story and pull you away from the task at hand, but they're there, in the background. It's entirely possible to go through The Fall and enjoy it as solely what it appears to be: an engaging sci-fi plot of a crashed pilot only barely hanging onto life, requiring his suit's AI take control and attempt to find him help. But it's the subtlety of the narrative that really stood out to me and made me pay closer attention and try to pry away at the layers concealing what the game was trying to say to me.

Ultimately it's almost always yet another question. For all of The Fall's heavy societal and possibly theological musings, it never quite arrives at the point of clarity. It made me think but at times I wondered if even it knew what the end result of all these ideas was, or if there was supposed to be one at all. And that's perfectly fine, but at the same time there's this feeling that it's possibly trying to cram too much into a short experience and perhaps becoming a little bogged down as a result.

Of course this can all be waved away with the presumption that this is but the first part of three and everything The Fall wanted to say, or the things it didn't quite get to finish elaborating on will all become clear in those ensuing games. There are parts of The Fall that were a little profound to me as I directed my character through desolate environments, flashlight barely cutting through the impenetrable atmosphere as weird shapes seemed the move in the background as sounds echoed around. They're the moments that had me entranced with my monitor; the ones that made me glad to have took the time to solve the occasionally convoluted puzzle to arrive at the moment I was currently in. They're scattered about and can sometimes seem exasperatingly out of reach, but when you get there, they're always worth the investment.

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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
This game is phenomenal.

The graphics are beautiful and utilize the 2-D space perfectly. The sounds and atmosphere are on point as well keeping you on edge throughout the game from the first minute to the last. Highly immersive for a 2-D game, I was genuinely surprised how enthralled I became. The gameplay was very solid. Challenging puzzles that made you think carefully.
But where the game really shines is its narrative.
The story was absolutely brilliant. It was very philosophical and had me question things I about life thought I knew the answer to. The voice acting really brings a lot to this factor as well. This game made me feel so many emotions from fear to sadness to happiness and back again. Honestly The Fall is a gem in this aspect.
The only bad thing I can say about The Fall is that it is very short. The good news though is that it is part one of three so there is something to look forward to.

I have never wrote a serious review before, but I felt it was warranted to share about this game that honestly deserves a play from anyone who loves a good story.

TLDR:

+Good art
+Amazing story
+Solid puzzle solving gameplay
+Robots

-Too short

Final score: 9/10 Would be a full ten if it was longer
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
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
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
The Fall is an extraordinary game which meshes old school and contemporary side-scrollers with a number of other genres, giving players an unforgettable experience. The developer of the Fall wanted to create a game which draws influence from a handful of games and within the first few moments of the game, these are easily identifiable. The games that mainly influenced The Fall include Super Metroid, LIMBO, and Monkey Island. Now this may seem like a ragtag combo to pt together to make one video game. If you're sketchy at best, throw that feeling out the window. The Fall makes such incredible use of it's play space, story, and mechanics.

Story
The Fall is first and foremost an incredible adventure story. ARID, an AI Combat Suit, has crash landed into an unkown region and her human counterpart is quite badly hurt. ARID makes use of her intelligence and networking capibilities in order to help revive the human inside of the suit. Along the way ARID is stalked by the ominous and omnipresent AI character know only as The Caretaker, who runs the facility that ARID is trapped in. ARID must solve bizarre puzzles/problems (not technically puzzles, but I will refer to them as Puzzles for this review), shoot down annoying robots, and avoid treacherous obsticles in order to help the human inside. The story presents the player with a multitude of questions. What is it to be human? What difference, if any, is there between us and our AI creations? And then following these questions; Simply put...What is it to be? The story is provocotive and also at some points can have a touch of dark humor to it. This really makes for an incredible and slightly eerie setting for The Fall.

Gameplay
I must praise this game for its use of an incredibly simplistic, yet highly effective controls. There is only a slight learning curve because the controls are a bit out of the ordinary. However, I actually love the way that the developer made them work. They're original, yet you get used to them practically immedietly. It recalls the days when computers where mostly operated with commands and keystrokes instead of the Mouse and click/drag styles.
For example, the use of the Enter button is binded to the Space button. The mouse is simply used for aiming/shooting and occasionally selecting. It is definately not as difficult or strange as it sounds, in fact, I love the controls for this game. So much so, that I made a little section for it here just to praise them for being so simple and fun to use.

Genre Style
As I previously stated, the dev. wanted to combine the aesthetics and other elements from several games. Among these were Super Metroid, LIMBO, and Monkey Island. Now, The Fall is firstly an adeventure/side-scroller. If you want to dig deeper, there are small elements of RPGs, Problem Solvers (not technically a Puzzle game), Platformers, and Shooters. The shooting action is not all the incredible, yet tends to tie into the game at some points. The fighting is not all that great because, to me, The Fall focuses more on Puzzle-Platforming. Even if

Pros:
- A very mysterious and tantilizing storyline (and the story is an incredible one)
- Dark and bizarre humor
- Simplistic alternative-style controls (Different, yet fun)
- Atmospheric
- Fantastic voice acting
- Great "puzzles" (Problem Solving scenarios)

Cons:
- Not much replay value. It is a very linear game, however this is what old school games were like, so this is not necessarily a bad thing.
- The shooting action and fighting is not very great. However, the use of the laser pistol comes in quite consistantly throughout the game.

Verdict: - 7/10 - I absolutely love this game. It's driving, it's a combination of some of my favorite games and gming styles, and also manages to keep you guessing at what will happen next. The developer and writer(s) did an incredible job and I highly recommend this game for almost anyone. If you love old school games, platformers, side-scrollers, or just plain old adventure you will want to pick up this game!!.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Awesome game, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Only complaint is it's short, and is part one of supposedly three.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
A 2-D sidescrolling sci-fi adventure game, with a few simple shooty bits thrown in to liven things up. A thoughtful storyline with a very droll sense of humor. Fairly short game, but engaging the whole way through.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Occasionally frustrating controls and the odd semi illogical puzzle do not detract from this excellent well told story. It may be a little short (though for £7 you cannot complain) but the stories pace/setting and the very good voice acting make it easy to recommend.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Pros:
+ Great story and atmosphere
+ If you like robots, you'll love this game
+ Pretty diddly darn good voice acting
+ Puzzles are clever--nothing too rage-inducing or too easy

Cons:
- Controls are a bit...sticky? Clunky? I'm not sure how to explain it. Wish it would have been a bit smoother but you get used to after a while. Test both keyboard/mouse and controller and see which is more to your liking.
- (Slight spoilers) This is part ONE of the game. Nowhere on the site nor on the game page did it say this game will be either episodic or split into multiple games. Keep that in mind.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This game tells the extremely interesting story of a Artificial Intelligence trying to fulfill its directives.

Graphics

The very detailed 2D environment surprised me, since I had only heard of this game prior to buying it, and as 2D indie games go, I expected bland and low fidelity visuals. Instead, I got a mostly dark atmosphere, which only gets disrupted by bright and colorful accents, like glowing mushrooms. This does not devalue the colors, but rather, through rarity, makes them all the more special.
If the game were to even try and mimic human motion in perfection (which it is not), then it would have failed in the animations department. But since the protagonist is an AI called ARID, the slightly wooden animations fit like a key in a lock. A key that was made for said lock, that is.

Sound

The already mentioned dark atmosphere gets complimented by the sounds and music, which are very subtle most of the time. Walking down an empty corridor with that background noise would be very unnerving to me.
Voice acting is impeccable, and it is a joy listening to the robotic voices of AIs.

Story

I wish I could tell you all of it, but I do NOT want to ruin the game for you. The Story makes me shiver with anticipation of the next parts. You, the player, will enjoy the dilemma between following rules and following rules .

Gameplay

"The Fall" does a lot new to the table, but both the new and the old are executed neatly. Most of the game is a side scroller adventure game, with puzzles to solve that do take either some intelligence or trial and error. You look around by illuminating your surroundings with a torch attached to a gun, which brings us to the slightly clunkier mechanic: Shooting in the same 2D side scroller environment. Firing your weapon works fine, but the cover system is a bit confusing. At the beginning of the game it is not 100% clear behind what objects you can take cover, but it is pretty easy to figure out. Finding the exact right spot to press the "take cover" button, whatever that may be with you, is a lot more difficult. It happened to me more than once, that I wanted to hide behind cover, just to be slightly off and just start leaning against a wall. The final part of the gameplay is the Dialogue box, where you can choose different questions to ask, or different "buttons" to press. Worked perfectly, which is to be expected of a story driven game.


Conclusively, I would recommend you buy this game, if you love thinking about the morality of artificial Intelligence or love relatively short ( I played 3.2 hours, but I am quite daft from time to time) and relatively easy ( I got stuck once, and I got a hint: Take a look at the ceiling if you don't know what to do) adventure games, or just love compelling stories.

ADDITION
Some people in the comments/recommendations complain that this game is part of a trilogy. That is literally the first sentence of the Description. "Experience the first story in a mind bending trilogy! " is rather unambigious in my mind. This game, right now is only part 1. Others are complaining that this is *obviously* a moneygrab by the devs, but they only raised enough money for part 1 over kickstarter, and are as far as I know currently working on part 2, which they said will be done in about april, but that is just an estimate.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
+ Compelling narrative
+ Rich, engrossing atmosphere
+ Superb voice-acting
+ The ending had me completely floored; well-handled plot twist that sets the title up for a promised sequel (will allegedly become a trilogy)

- Clunky controls and awkward interaction mechanics
- Some of the puzzles are dubious and obscure
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I love the story, I love the concepts. I love the shadow-complex style gameplay with a focus on exploration and environment scouring.

However, I can't reccomened it. A few puzzles are terribly obtuse, while exploring the environment is difficult, since key spots for advancement can blend in so well to the dark environment that it turns exploration into a very meticulous, diligent look at every minor detail. A bit of visual clarity wouldn't hurt, but in the end, the great story can't make up for the downfalls of the game at large.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Incredible game. So far the story is excellent, and puzzles are just right.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
This was an amazing experience for me.

The atmosphere is daunting and the sound design is incredible. The story makes you think that there is something bad going on from the very beginning. And I don't mean the world, I mean you. The humour is very dark and surprising which I enjoyed immensely. Even if there was nothing else to this game, it's worth playing just for the atmosphere.

I would define the game as an action adventure. The action part consists of a few short combat encounters and even less and even shorter platforming sequences. You will deal with your enemies by using a basic shooting mechanics with only one weapon and a cover/"dodge" system. That's all there is to it.

As for the adventure part, you will be wandering through the game world and trying to find the way to your goal. You will search for information, deal with puzzles, find and use items in weird situations ... I actually had problems with this part, because some of the puzzles didn't make much sense to me. But maybe that's just because I don't have much experience when it comes to adventure games.

If you don't consider my problem with puzzles as a game issue (which I do) there are only two things left: bugs and unpolished gameplay. Both of these problems can be solved. The controls are unresponsive, sometimes they don't react at all (bug), sometimes the character moves jerkily, or there are problems when you are in cover. It took me a while to get used to it and it's the only thing that somehow worsened my experience with the game. These things can be fixed, and they definitely should be before the release of the other two parts.

So buy it, play through it and love it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
This was a fun game (I am aware Parts II & III are not out yet)
The exploration, combat, voiceovers, and graphics are a solid effort.
Well worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
It's surprisingly good! There's a couple tricky puzzles here and there and it's criminally short. All in all, a good game to pick up for a fun afternoon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Fun cerebral sci-fi adventure/action game. It has it's flaws, but makes up for it with good writing and fantastic atmosphere. Don't hesitate to look stuff up if you get stuck. The puzzles are not the point of this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
A great little game with simple yet intuitive mechanics. Rounds out with a fantastic story, challenging puzzles and great visuals. Definitely worth the money.
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