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
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
127 of 140 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

If you finish the game, check the achievements, you will be thrilled.

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

Would play a sequel.

Worth every penny if you like this kind of games.

............................................[ Arabic Review ].......................

ذا فول أو الهبوط أو السقوط 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 لغة انجليزية جيدة ، يمكن الاكتفاء بالترجمة لكن بتتعب شوي
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353 of 456 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
Disclaimer: I have a credit on this game. My opinion is biased, but perhaps the passion that drove me to get involved says something in itself.

Last year I put my support behind a crowdfunding campaign for the first part of an episodic action adventure game blending light metroidvania gameplay with the kinds of puzzles you might find in point and click adventures, created by Over The Moon Games. At the time, I'd not heard of John Warner nor Over The Moon Games, but The Fall's premise caught my attention and as I got to know John, I knew that my instincts had pointed me in the right direction.

With The Fall's release imminent, I thought I might take some time to share my thoughts on playing the game and building a friendship with its developer as The Fall has taken shape over the past six months.


The (current version of the) game opens with a figure falling against a star filled sky. As it streaks past, a glimpse of what might be a city can be seen below. As the plummeting figure descends, the exosuit surrounding it comes online and automated reactionary systems erect antimatter shielding to protect its occupant from the incredible impact waiting below which will drive the suit deep underground.

You play as an A.R.I.D. artificial intelligence aboard a mark-7 combat suit, activated in response to the imminent danger threatening your pilot. You have no knowledge of your location nor the events which led to your activation. In some ways, the A.R.I.D's situation mirrors the player's as they're thrown into an unknown an unwelcoming environment with the clear, but perhaps bendable goal of seeing The Fall's narrative through to the end.


When I first spotted The Fall's crowdfunding campaign, its dark air of dystopian mystery evoked memories of Delphine Interactive's Flashback (the 1992 original which is playable natively on Linux via the F/OSS REmeniscence engine) and Another World, two hugely influential early cinematic platformers which featured tactical gunplay and movement puzzles combined with exploration and discovery. For me personally, these two games were the first examples of mature storytelling and evocative, compelling plots that I experienced. After playing Another World in 1991, perhaps a decade before I became aware that there was debate over whether or not games should be called such, I knew that games could be art.

The experience of being able to watch someone else's game evolve and unfold (or fold) into something coherent is second only to making your own (something which I'd also recommend). It takes a bit of patience, faith and vision to see the what-could-be inside the what-is, and even then, it can be difficult to predict how a game's direction might shift during development. When John joined us for SteamLUG Cast to talk about The Fall last year, we discussed the notion that there are a myriad possible games which might grow from a concept's scope, and that some of the challenge of directing and designing a good game is in knowing which one of those possible games is the best one to chase, and how to handle feedback which relates to one of the possibilities that won't be getting made.

As the A.R.I.D. seeks out medical aid for her injured pilot, she too explores an uncertain future. With only a minimal suite of suit functions available, the A.R.I.D. quickly finds herself in conflict both from without and from within as the danger response mechanisms required to bring vital systems online present themselves as being a way to protect the very human she is programmed to save at all costs.


My first interaction with John was in an email where I tried to convey how disappointed I was to know that I probably would not have time to be a part of the community or contribute in any meaningful sense. Yesterday John told me he wanted to recognise me in The Fall's credits for the advice and effort I've given since the crowdfunding campaign ended. Sometimes when things don't go according to plan, something positive comes out of it.

It feels to me that The Fall reaches out to touch on concepts like identity, autonomy, the value of life, and the meaning of sentience. The game's atmosphere is brooding instilling first a sense of isolation and impending danger, then oppression and finally desperation as the A.R.I.D. strives to protect her charge in a world seemingly bent on ensuring that her programming remains unfulfilled. What will A.R.I.D. become as the story progresses, what will we learn, and how will that shape the way we appreciate and determine our own actions?


Episode 1 of The Fall will be available May 30th on Steam for Windows, Mac and most importantly, Linux. In the meantime, some of the development update videos can be found on The Fall's Greenlight page.

It has been a pleasure to play a part in making The Fall possible, and I'm looking forward to seeing the response it gets. I hope it's as enjoyable to fresh eyes as it has been to those of us who've had the opportunity to witness its development.
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