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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Gamera
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
This is a cut above the usual Kickstarter indie game. It's only about 3 hours long (if you're good at this kind of game) but those 3 hours are all good stuff.

The game is basically a puzzler with a few pew pew bits that are mainly there just to add atmosphere or tension to certain parts of the story. Most of the game is exploring the levels and interacting with things, trying to figure out how parts fit together to solve the puzzles. The puzzles all have logical and clever solutions. And the puzzles don't seem out of place - they all seem like genuine obstacles to your goal rather than just put in the game for the sake of it.

The game is very dark so the graphics are a bit minimalist but it's very effective for the atmosphere they're going for. The levels are 3D with a bit of depth in the background sometimes and some of the objects a bit more in the foreground, so it doesn't feel 2D. The voice acting is really good and surprising considering the budget the game was made on.

The only thing I can criticise about the game is the interface. Your character usually stands with their back close to one edge of the screen, and when you turn around the screen zooms across to put your character on the other side. This is a bit annoying sometimes. The game involves a lot of aiming at things. You have to aim at things to examine them, interactive with, or to shoot them. You even have to wave your aim around just to discover things you can examine or interact with. But the cursor isn't drawn on the screen so sometimes if the invisible cursor is too close to your character the view will flip around as I described. The addition of a cursor would improve the interface immensely. When I started playing I kept trying to move the cursor to the edge of the screen to make the view zoom out so I could see more too. It doesn't work like that though. Most of the time you're a lot more zoomed in than you're used to with these kind of games, but you get used to it and stop noticing it after a while. Every time you shoot you lose the ability to examine or interact with objects until you hit a button that takes you out of shooting mode. I didn't see any reason for the shooting and examining modes to be any different. Shooting is done by clicking the mouse, and examining/interacting is done by holding down the shift key. So if there are different buttons for each action why do you have to switch modes to do them? Interacting things should also be done with the right mouse button instead of holding down shift. It's a bit too awkward. There are also a couple of known bugs I ran into, but nothing that set more back more than closing and opening the game again.

You do get used to the strange interface though and it doesn't make the game bad, it could just use improvement.

The game is only part 1 of a larger story. There's no ETA on part 2 yet but it's not one of those games I would recommend holding off on until all parts are available. Part 1 is still a good compelling story by itself. I've gone through over 500 science fiction short stories in the past year alone (thanks Librivox) but I haven't come across the ideas in this game before. I'm looking forward to seeing the ideas the devs come up with for the sequel.
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JerkDouglas
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
This game is very very well-written. And I write things, so I know. I wrote some stuff on a napkin in a restaraunt and this game is way better than that. But it's not better than what I wrote on my arm yesterday, though. That was real good but it got rubbed off so I mean you can't see it or anything.

Just buy the stupid game already!
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Warlord33
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This game. Phew, this game. It was pretty good. I actually got attached to the three characters, (caretaker, Arid, and The administrator) even if they were robots. The game is really fun for one thing, and the puzzles often put you outside the box. The final scene in the game has a good twist.

Pros +
+ Fun
+ Intruging puzzles
+ A cover system that works pretty well
+ Well written characters
+ Leads you on a narrative journey in which you must fight to survive

Cons -
- Fairly short (about my playcount worth, a little bit less as I bimbled around doing random stuff a lot)
- The Fall 2 is not yet out
- Bits of it can be confusing (both gameplay and storyline wise)

I really liked this game, and especially on a deal you should get it!
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Misi
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I wanted to love this game, and I almost did: the story itself is pretty fantastic, it manages to create an atmospheric world with very little, and I'm a sucker for science fiction. Like, throw some space and some robots and I'm sold, I'm that easy.

But there were too many things that made it a disappointing experience for me: the controls were rather cluncky, I had too much trouble with the puzzles (though that's on me, maybe, I never said I was smart), and the ending is way too abrupt (this is the first episode of more to come so be prepared for a BIG cliffhanger, but that's on me too for not paying more attention when buying it).

However the real dealbreaker is that in the year 2016 this game crashed my computer several times near the ending. Like, there was no CTRL+ALT+DEL that could help me, the gods abandoned me, my poor Windows 10 went black and I had to restart the PC manually like we were back in 2001. I insist, this is 2016, we've been to space, we know the face of Pluto, our phones can book us a restaurant, tell us the weather and find a hook up in five minutes. We're living in the future and, for the first time in years, a game completely froze my poor PC. Several times, in fact.

So. Nice story, not so nice gameplay, it's playable but kinda buggy.
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Adeptus Ineptus
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This was a pretty neat little game; nice graphics, controls, soundtrack and voice acting. The dev team have clearly indicated that there's a The Fall 2.0 coming out sometime, but I'd be happy just having played this. It's a puzzle game, of course, and I have to admit I referred to the walkthrough a couple of times when I got really stuck. It's a pretty good game, for the scope and style. ***
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Newton
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Controls take a bit of getting used to.

Other than that, it's a must play.
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elementfx
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Short, but fun game!

I enjoyed the gameplay and found the story to be pretty gratifying. However, I wouldn't say it has much replay value. Once you've gone through the story once, the appeal in doing it again would just be for achievements.
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Yudoz
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Quite good small puzzle game. With rather interesting setting and excellent story.
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Daniel
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Surprisingly interesting. Very similar mechanically to a point & click game, yet with some nice twists.
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Brain Digger
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Product received for free
Wonderful little adventure game.
It doesn't take too long to beat and tells quite an engaging story.
It's nice to have a game like this once in a while.

This is a must-play for people who don't have a lot of time to spend on 40+ hour adventures and just want a compelling story to play through in one or two afternoons.

I'm eagerly waiting for the sequel.
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Dragon Shades X
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
An amazing sci-fi game that is half 2D sidescroll/shooter and half point and click adventure. Mechanics are sound, gameplay is fun and the plot is awesome. It felt a little bit short for $10 (I completed it in 2 hours, but I didn't have much trouble with the puzzles) and overall worth the money. 10/10.
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Doomstar
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
my advice just don't
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EdCapistrano
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Excellent story! Great atmosphere, the graphics and voice acting are top-notch. Can't wait for The Fall 2.
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Serendone
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
An atmosphere-soaked game that rides a satisfying arc while leaving you thirsty for more. The obtuse puzzles and poor conveyance do little to drag down this otherwise fantastic experience.
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katamariv
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Product received for free
I have never written a review before. This is the first time I've ever felt compelled to submit a reivew.

This game is a good game.
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Vixzen
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
The Fall is a side-scroller action puzzle-based adventure game set within a dark and atmospheric environment and story where exploration and knowledge of your surroundings is key.

Mechanics that are used to play through this game are minimal. You find objects within the environment to interact with by using ARID's flashlight, or you can switch to ARID's gun with laser-sight in hostile environments. There is also a very small inventory system used within the game - you can pick certain objects up to interact with other objects, all done by using the flashlight.

The puzzles are well thought out and reasonably obvious in their solution if you have explored well enough - and explore you will, as there is a fair amount of back-tracking through environments in order to find the solution to solve some of the puzzles. I do have to admit that I had to look up the solution to two puzzles as I spent an awful lot of time trying to work out how to get around the problem, and on reading the solution would have absolutely never come up with the answer myself. That said, though there is some difficulty with the puzzles, there is also (for the most part) a sense of logic to it and, other than the two puzzles mentioned, it didn't take me long to work out what I was meant to be doing in any given situation.

Combat, though a relatively small part of the game, doesn't feel like an over-sight at all. Using just a pistol with laser-sight, you have the option to duck behind cover or run wildly at the enemy to finish them off, also taking into account that headshots are more effective than just shooting wildly at your foe.

Progression through the story is this games biggest achievement. The writing and voice-acting is incredible, and though I can't discuss the story here as it would ultimately result in spoilers, it is a fascinating journey with an ending that I did not expect at all.

If a good story-line is important to you in a game, I would strongly recommend a play-through of this, particularly as it is quite short. Excellent voice-acting, stunning and gritty visuals, a superb story, interesting game play mechanics, progression and puzzles - I'm not sure there's anything about this game that I didn't enjoy (even the back-tracking!), and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it.
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Shadowwolf6tails
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
The fall was a short game and the puzzles were near impossible for me to solve intuitively. Yet despite having to look up a walkthrough when I hit a rough puzzle, I really enjoyed it. The story was interesting and it kept me entertained for the 2-3 hours it took to beat. I wouldn't play it again simple because it's a one play game. Grab it if it goes on sale.
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Nintolerance
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Great story and atmosphere holding this together, and I'd say it's worth your time. A few things to consider, though...

1. This is very much a point-and-click adventure. Use item on item is the order of the day.

2. The controls are... awful. Clunky, yet require precision aiming. I'm reminded of the Resident Evil series, and not in a good way.

3. You need to use the slow and awkward mouse aiming in order to examine and interact with background items.

4. Some puzzles require you to find one specific section of ceiling that's slightly different to the others.

Last but not least...

5. My playtime is 2.2 hours, and I've beaten the whole game. I got this on sale so I don't feel ripped off, and I get that a lot of effort went into this so I'm not going to scream about overcharging. That said, $10 can get you games with a LOT more replay value.


I'm still giving this a positive because I enjoyed it, but make sure you know what you're getting in to.
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Fahabio
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Must..have..part..two..now!
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Chewie
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Holy ♥♥♥♥!!! This game left me gobsmacked, what an amazing game. This is basically like watching an amazing sci-fi film or if Dead Space was a film and it wasn’t Americanised (over the top violence and pointless killing of seemingly infinite enemies) then this would be it.

Firstly, to the people complaining cause it’s not a full game and it stops, then clearly you guys shouldn’t buy a decent game like this as you clearly don’t have the logic to read. The game clearly states (in about game) that it’s the FIRST part as quoted: “Experience the first story in a mind bending trilogy!” Clearly also meaning there will be 2 more parts to the game. If that wasn’t enough for you, you can also be cleaver and check out the achievements as the last achievement is called Fallen: Complete Episode 1. If that was still not enough you can check out this comment or any other, it really isn’t that hard!

Furthermore, the game; is pure excellence. Perfect and easy to understand controls, amazing graphics for the game and last but definitely not least, flipping fantastic hair standing story!! The story is the core (and what makes everyone mad I guess) as it’s so good yet alas doesn’t finish as there is a massive cliff-hanger. I literally knew it was coming yet I started screaming and had to get up from my chair because it was so…I’m still speechless sorry.

Definitely worth every penny!! Fall 2 you already have my money and same with Fall 3 hope the story continues with such an amazing pace and can’t wait for the rest!! I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! Recommended 1000000000/10!
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Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Holy ♥♥♥♥!!! This game left me gobsmacked, what an amazing game. This is basically like watching an amazing sci-fi film or if Dead Space was a film and it wasn’t Americanised (over the top violence and pointless killing of seemingly infinite enemies) then this would be it.

Firstly, to the people complaining cause it’s not a full game and it stops, then clearly you guys shouldn’t buy a decent game like this as you clearly don’t have the logic to read. The game clearly states (in about game) that it’s the FIRST part as quoted: “Experience the first story in a mind bending trilogy!” Clearly also meaning there will be 2 more parts to the game. If that wasn’t enough for you, you can also be cleaver and check out the achievements as the last achievement is called Fallen: Complete Episode 1. If that was still not enough you can check out this comment or any other, it really isn’t that hard!

Furthermore, the game; is pure excellence. Perfect and easy to understand controls, amazing graphics for the game and last but definitely not least, flipping fantastic hair standing story!! The story is the core (and what makes everyone mad I guess) as it’s so good yet alas doesn’t finish as there is a massive cliff-hanger. I literally knew it was coming yet I started screaming and had to get up from my chair because it was so…I’m still speechless sorry.

Definitely worth every penny!! Fall 2 you already have my money and same with Fall 3 hope the story continues with such an amazing pace and can’t wait for the rest!! I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! Recommended 1000000000/10!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Excellent story! Great atmosphere, the graphics and voice acting are top-notch. Can't wait for The Fall 2.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
The Fall is a side-scroller action puzzle-based adventure game set within a dark and atmospheric environment and story where exploration and knowledge of your surroundings is key.

Mechanics that are used to play through this game are minimal. You find objects within the environment to interact with by using ARID's flashlight, or you can switch to ARID's gun with laser-sight in hostile environments. There is also a very small inventory system used within the game - you can pick certain objects up to interact with other objects, all done by using the flashlight.

The puzzles are well thought out and reasonably obvious in their solution if you have explored well enough - and explore you will, as there is a fair amount of back-tracking through environments in order to find the solution to solve some of the puzzles. I do have to admit that I had to look up the solution to two puzzles as I spent an awful lot of time trying to work out how to get around the problem, and on reading the solution would have absolutely never come up with the answer myself. That said, though there is some difficulty with the puzzles, there is also (for the most part) a sense of logic to it and, other than the two puzzles mentioned, it didn't take me long to work out what I was meant to be doing in any given situation.

Combat, though a relatively small part of the game, doesn't feel like an over-sight at all. Using just a pistol with laser-sight, you have the option to duck behind cover or run wildly at the enemy to finish them off, also taking into account that headshots are more effective than just shooting wildly at your foe.

Progression through the story is this games biggest achievement. The writing and voice-acting is incredible, and though I can't discuss the story here as it would ultimately result in spoilers, it is a fascinating journey with an ending that I did not expect at all.

If a good story-line is important to you in a game, I would strongly recommend a play-through of this, particularly as it is quite short. Excellent voice-acting, stunning and gritty visuals, a superb story, interesting game play mechanics, progression and puzzles - I'm not sure there's anything about this game that I didn't enjoy (even the back-tracking!), and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it.
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Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Absolutely pitch perfect fantastic sci-fi short story wrapped in a competent point and click puzzle adventure with light (probably unnecessary) combat elements.

Highly recommend.

9.5/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Searching.....

Searching.....

Must locate medical assistance....

The Fall is another excellent short game that can be finished in about 5 hours and is part 1 of 4. Part 2 should be out sometime soon and I will be gettng it as well as the rest.

Is it worth $9.99? Yeah, although it is better at a good sale price.

Searching......

Found medical assistance.....

Irrelevant....

NOOOOO!!!! IRRELEVANT!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Really compelling writing, worth your time if you dig adventure games such as Primordia. Quality scifi adventure games should be supported.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
7/10
"I am the A.R.I.D. onboard this mark-7 combat suit."
The Fall is a nice but short side-scroll sci-fi puzzle adventure with a lil' bit of shooting. I really enjoyed the story, the puzzles and the sarcasm which you'll find here & there. I don't get the negative reviews, maybe those had completely wrong expectations. Somehow TheFall reminds me of AnotherWorld meets DayOfTheTentacle, somehow. but enough said - enjoy the game at least on sale.

Pros:
+ very good voice acting
(finally an indie game with voice acting!)
+ very good atmosphere
+ good gameplay
+ good story
+ good puzzles
+ good sound
+ good controls (keyboard&mouse)

Cons:
- playtime is only about 4hrs, if U ain't high ;)
- only "okay" controls (gamepad)
- some unlogical puzzles (but I liked that)

Really loooking forward how the story continues! (The Fall2 has already been anounced.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
A great point and Click Puzzle game. Well worth the $2 i spent on it. The puzzles can be hard to figure out but not impossible. The story was interesting and was what kept pushing you forward. Little action but fun where it was found. Can't wait, and very excited for the next episode.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I strongly recommend this game, especially if it's on sale and you happen to be looking at the reviews wondering if it's worth spending a few bucks on.

This is one of the very few games I have ever played where the story alone kept me interested. Excellently written, well voiced, tightly focused, and thought provoking. Science fiction done as well as a good book or movie.

The gameplay is decent, but nothing spectacular. It's about a 60/30/10 mix of exploration, puzzle solving, and action. The exploration ties in very well with the story, but the combat will probably disappoint people who are looking for something more challenging. As for the puzzles, I'll give them props for making sure the in-game logs give the player clues how to solve them, but it's still your basic adventure game logic of "run around rubbing things on other things to see what works." Whether you consider that a draw or a drawback will depend on how you feel about adventure games.

My only complaint would be the length. It's a short game, with limited replay value. An excellent way to waste a weekend, but probably no more than that. It does apparently have a sequel in the works, with another one planned; despite this, the story is entirely self-contained.

9/10, would buy again. And will buy the sequel!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Nice storry, good atmosphere and quite a pleasant experience overall. I do highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
I'll start off by saying that I was really turned off at first by the disparity between what the trailer seems to show and what the game actually is. This is not an action game, it's primarily a puzzle game with a strong supporting narrative. Admittedly it's my fault for judging by the cover.

That said, once I altered my expectations The Fall was a great experience. The atmosphere and dialogue were great and the ending left me wanting more. The combat leaves something to be desired, but again this is a puzzle game first.

I would highly recommend this for people looking for a compelling short story or big puzzlers. I caution platformer/action gamers as you will be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I'm recommending this game -- but that's largely because of the promise and potential that the next two games in the series keep what is great and remove what isn't.

The first big warning: this is a 3-part episodic game. It will take you about 2-hours to play.

This game mixes up a bit of side-scrolling action and typical adventure game puzzles. Honestly, neither one comes off that well compared to the examplars of the genre. I played with a gamepad and found it just a bit too painful. Aiming during the action sequences was a bit tricky and, in retrospect, I should have stuck with a mouse and keyboard. Interacting with the elements in game is too hard: you need you use the right analog stick to aim the item, then hold the right should button to bring up the "interaction menu", the use the left analog stick to navigate through the interaction menu. Compare that to games where you have "press A to call elevator".

The story is interesting: an AI that is trying desperately to save it's (unconscious) human pilot in a mysterious facility that has undertones of every sci-fi space station in gaming history (c.f. System Shock, Dead Space). Things have gone wrong, people are dead, you will slowly figure out what and why. During this first episode, though, you won't actually learn anything concrete -- if they don't start addressing this in the sequel, all of the potential will quickly become wasted.

The single biggest failing of the game, and what they need to improve in sequel, is the crappy adventure game puzzle-itis. It suffers from the same stupid, insane internal logic that so many adventure games suffer from. Where you can only interact with things because at some future point you'll need the item. For instance, you walk into a workshop at some point and can pick up the wirecutters. Because you'll need them OUTSIDE of the workshop. But you can't pick up the hammer. So, later on when you need to hammer something flat, you need to come back to workshop.

You'll suffer through a number of these non-sensical puzzles.

A room with a shark-type-creature in knee-deep water. Of course you can't just shoot it. That would make too much sense. You need to do a 6-step program to trick it.

Need to sing a song to a baby to make it stop crying? Instead of your futuristic A.I. having 2 billion songs in its database...you'll engage in 12-part shenanigans that don't involve any singing at all.

This computer doesn't have power? Shoot a cable and then just plug a live wire into it. Because that's totally how shooting and electricity works.

Stuck? Shoot a panel (which is the only interactable element in the room) and hope that an elevator keycard drops down. Oh, it did! What an amazing coincidence.

This puzzles only make sense in internal adventure-game-logic. I ended up using a walkthrough for over 50% of the puzzles.

If they can fix the puzzles and keep the story, the sequel will deliver on the promise of this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Side-scrolling point and click adventure, with action elements.
Great art, with a classic sci-fi vibe. Fans of robot/AI stories will be pleased.

This story driven AI drama feels less like a classic point&click,
and more like an action sidescroller with a lot of plot.
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Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
It's a pity that there are only two buttons: recommend yes, recommend no, and there is not a "WTF?" button as well...

I have finished this game 2 minutes ago, and I still don't know which one of the recommend buttons I'll have to press, but let's just say this, without spoiling the game: at least here I have a choice.

Because if there is something annoying in this graphic adventure salted with limited (and underdeveloped) combat sections, is the lack of choices.

After a (rather boring) start, the game becomes an intriguing mystery adventure which raises interesting questions about humanity, artificial intelligence, and the nature of choices, but everything runs on a rail: when the protagonist is put in front of a very difficult choice, the result is already set, and our only role in the story, is to do the pre-set mechanical actions that will make the story continue, and witness it's choice.

Of course this isn't a novelty: many other games sins in this way too (and this one works hard to justify the lack of choice, which is all but unwarranted), but the net result is that getting to identify yourself with the character becomes impossible and the sensation of being tied to a seat while watching a theme park ride becomes inevitable. The fact that the action in the "fake branches" isn't automatic actually makes things worse, as they made me feel like an automatron myself (and if that was the objective of the game creators, I didn't like it).

That said, the story is quite good until the disappointing (and quite forseeable...) finale, the graphic is nice without being incredible but creates a very believable and immersive setting, and the sound does it's job and nothing else (with the notable exception of the voice acting of one of the characters, which is 5 star. You'll see what I mean when you meet him).

So should I recommend this game? For a budget price (<5E), it's probably worth playing (and I got it in a humble bundle), but as the current 9.99E price goes. Nope. Thumb down.
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55 of 78 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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33 of 50 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
Anyone who wants this game because they like Metroid, read this first!
I've seen a lot of people compare this game to the 2D Metroid sidescrollers of yore and call it a Metroidvania title, and as a big fan of the series, this was one of the major factors in deciding to buy this game. Having just completed it after about 4 hours of playtime (only part 1 of the game has been released at the time I am writing this), I feel that The Fall actually bears little resemblance to games like Super Metroid, so for those of you who are hoping for a modern Metroid Fusion, this game is not like the Metroid series… but you might still want to buy it.

First off, platforming. Simply put, there is none in this game. You can jump and climb up ledges, but these abilities are only used in the very first section of the game to help navigate some caves. After you get through them, you might as well never touch the spacebar again except for the in-game prompts it's sometimes used for.

Second, exploration. One of the main staples of any Metroid game is vast levels filled with secrets, items and with areas that are sealed off until you acquire a new abilities to access them. The Fall does not have either of these things. The areas in this game are small and very linear for the most part. Even the one large section you play through feels guided, blocking off the second part of the area until you complete your objectives in the first part. In short, the game feels claustrophobic and guided, but I think this goes well with the game's setting and aesthetic (but not a Metroid game).

Third, combat. I always enjoyed the simplicity of combat in Metroid games, even the 3D ones, compared to other shooters. Combat in The Fall is even simpler. You have one weapon—some sort of energy pistol with infinite ammo—equipped with a flashlight for exploration, and a laser sight for accuracy when shooting. I came into this game hoping for a diverse set of upgrades to the gun and/or ammo like there is in Metroid. There is—and I'm going to hide this as a spoiler even though I think it's underwhelming—only one upgrade, and all it does is make it so you don't have to charge up each shot manually. The combat controls are primitive and clunky. You aim up and down in an arc using your mouse, and fire with the right mouse button. That's all there is to it. There's also a basic cover system to the game, but in my experience it was very buggy, somehow not allowing me to aim low enough from behind cover to hit enemies in front of me. Speaking of enemies, there are very few in the game, and only 2 types (or maybe 3 if you count neutrals you can aggravate). Overall, I don't think the combat is the main leg the game is trying to stand on, or at least it feels that way.

Fourth, the music and aesthetic. I will summarize both in 3 words: dark and minimalistic. Everything in the game is dark, with the exception of a few light sources such as the visor on your character. The good news is that because of this, this game will run on even very low end computers with ease. It also fits with the game's theme, and is something I was quite pleased with, though if you were hoping for the variety and beauty of the environments in Metroid games it isn't there, though the facility you enter has some good character to it. The music, well, the music only really plays during combat and it's just one track. It fits well though, and shouldn't become too repetitive considering how short this game is and how sporadic and far apart combat seems to be. There is a bit of ambient music, but it played so little that I barely noticed it, spending most of my time in silence. Both the music and the look of this game feel like they're where they need to be, but perhaps not exactly where you'd expect them to if you really want a Metroid experience.

Fifth, puzzles. The puzzles in this game are not Metroid puzzles that involve platforming and skillfully manipulating parts of your environment. Rather, they are much more like point-and-click puzzles, requiring you to explore your environment for items using your flashlight, which you then must use with the environment to open new areas and progress through the level. Think more Tales of Monkey Island, and less Metroid.

Sixth, the story. It's dark, intriguing, and presents characters you can actually feel for. The scenario is that you’re a suit- based A.I. that’s been dropped into a hostile location you know nothing about, governed by unseen rules and entities you must avoid, circumvent or eliminate to ensure your human pilot's protection. One of the functions of the flashlight on your gun is that it allows you to observe facts about your environment, represented by little nodes you can interact with. This reminded me quite a bit of the scan visor from Metroid Prime series. Unlike the Metroid games though, The Fall actually gives its protagonist a personality instead of the silent role. That's something I liked, and was very well done and well voice acted. The story is one of the high points of this game, and now that I've finished the first part (it’s not complete yet), I have even more questions than ever about where I am, what happened here, and where the plot's going to go. All this is a very, very good thing.

In the end, this game is not Metroid, nor is it Metroid-like. If you want to buy this game solely because of your love for Metroid, Castlevania or other games like those, save your money. But if you're willing to be a bit more flexible, and enjoy puzzle games, haunting atmosphere, and sci-fi stories about artificial intelligence and A.I. morality, I'd definitely recommend this game to you.

In many ways The Fall wasn't the game I was looking for when I bought it, but I came to enjoy it for what it is, and I'm actually quite happy to see developers who have charted their own course by blending genres and penning some truly captivating story telling.
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21 of 33 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
The Fall is a clever version of point and click combined with classic 2D platformer elements.

Pros
+ Great lore! The Fall happens when you combine Limbo with Portal.
+ Stunning story that sucks you in from the first minute.
+ The black humour is superb (reminds a lot of Portal 2)
+ Voice acting is 10/10

Cons
- Encountered 2 game breaking bugs. On the first occasion the menu froze, on the second occasion I ended up flying through the whole level (walls and everything) when I tried to interact with a ladder.
- Another bug makes the mouse cursor visible on the screen so you have to continuously Shift+Tab out of the game to make it disappear again.
- The puzzles are awful. Not only do they lack logical approach, but you continuously have to go through a myriad of objects to see what you can interact with next.
- Driven from the latter, the puzzles take too much time to solve. By the time you've completed a puzzle you're dead tired of the small closed environment you were in. This makes progress in the game painfully slow. I had whole game sessions where I didn't advance one bit.
- Clunky movement. I loathed the turning around with mouse.
- Terrible interaction/ inventory access
- WTF ending.

Verdict
You won't miss anything from not playing the game.
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