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 (2,134 reviews) - 90% of the 2,134 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
Helpful customer reviews
110 of 121 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
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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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
I love this game, but I can't in good faith recommend it.

I like a puzzler - but all of the puzzles in this game were a bit like a metroidvania: get the thing take it here - no goat puzzle (wiki it) or kick the precise pixel, everything here is pretty logical, and sometimes you feel like you have an in-engine choice.

The story's narrative is amazing, I really enjoyed it - the pacing is wonderful.

Why wouldn't I recommend it though? Simply put - it's half a game. I paid very little for this title as a steam sale item - and still it didn't really feel like enough game. I feel bad for the kickstarters.

You're in, hooked - waiting to see what happens next - and then the game just ends; or rather, just stops.
Usually with an episodic game A) it announces itself as episodic, and B)you have a smaller story arc that concludes inside each episode, and builds towards the grand overall arc.

pretty game, interesting controls, physics are pretty terrible - but not largely used.

worth a punt for a couple quid, but not full price - that said... I'll probably be buying the sequel... I must know!
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
a cool game with good atmosphere and a unique story, often thought provoking and almost subversively cynical. the ending was strong and satisfying and reflecting on everything that leads to that ending is very consistent. props for very strong writing.

the sound work is fantastic and although the graphics are not terribly impressive, they do a very good job establishing the atmosphere.

however, i found the game maddening to play.

the controls are maddening - ARID keeps putting the weapon/flashlight away at very inopportune moments and interacting with objects is awkward and inconsistent.

the puzzles are maddening - while they all make a sort of cynical sense after the fact, discovering the solutions is simply not possible through deduction and logic. you pretty much have to try applying every object to various locations and/or shooting at the ceiling (yep) and just get lucky. eventually i broke down and used a walkthrough on close to 50% of the puzzles.

the characters and story interaction is maddening - you have very little choice. you have to follow the game's story and talking to the small number of characters often gives you one choice of answer. that may have been part of the design - i can dig that - but given that everything else you do in the game is mostly maddening (see above) it doesn't leave a lot left to enjoy...

honestly the games feels really unpolished with lots of quirky/annoying bugs. given the strength of the story and the laudits the game has received you'd have thought that the developers would have polished it up with bug fix patches in the more than a year since - so that those following the 9/10 recommendations from the industry would not find themselves with an arrow cursor obscuring their vision or scrolling out of the virtual screen and into the desktop or ARID turning the wrong way at a critical moment or getting stuck behind a box during a gunfight...

tbh, if there was a neutral rating, i'd have gone with that. purely based on my enjoyment of the story.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
A small and short, but fairly polished experience.

This game can be described as a puzzle game with a little action. You solve puzzles to progress further and sometimes you get to defend yourself from enemies in-between.

Overall, for the $2 I spent on it it was well worth it.
  • The puzzles were somewhat challanging, some were not so great. The way it plays is similar to a point and click game - you collect items and use them on the environment to solve the puzzles.
  • The action parts were okay, although easy.
  • The narrative was an interesting one, it was the strongest aspect of the game,
    though it ends kind of abruptly with a cliffhanger. Not a very satisfying ending but not that bad either.
  • The dialogue is well written, delivered well, and the characters are interesting.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This game doesn't end, it stops.

This is a short (2 hours) game with a huge cliffhanger "To be continued!", making it feel incomplete. I feel like I've just played through a demo. It basically ends once it gets interesting.

Add this to the awkward controls and the sometimes convoluted puzzles and I have a hard time seeing how this game has garnered such positive reviews. Absolutely do not buy this game for full price. I got it 80% off and I still feel robbed...
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