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 (1,392 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:


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


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

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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
107 of 115 people (93%) 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.


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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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
Great concept, excellent writing, fantastic voice acting. The problems lie with the gameplay: sticky and unresponsive controls, and the puzzles are all either too simple or too obscure. Overall, however, I enjoyed the experience and its Asimovian concepts.
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34 of 40 people (85%) 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!

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16 of 17 people (94%) 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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14 of 15 people (93%) 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.

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
First off, this game is short. Like, beat it in 4 hours short. In addition to that, the combat isn’t great and the controls are a bit clunky, feeling like you should be using a gamepad when on KB/M and vice versa.

Great, now that we’ve got the bad stuff out of the way, let’s talk about why this game is good and totally worth your money.

Most of the puzzles are interesting and some can be difficult, but in the standard adventure game style they can be overcome as long as you have a sharp eye and creative mind. I don’t, but this aspect of the game was still enjoyable.

The two things that shine the brightest in this game are the writing and atmosphere. The portrayal of AI as a concept was very well done, and all the robots you meet were interesting and not outright good or evil, not even the antagonist. The environments are all sufficiently creepy, and everything ties together into a world that feels subtly dystopian, but not in an overt ‘everything sucks’ kind of way. I felt very immersed in the world as I played, and they managed to do that without an oversaturation of books or text logs scattered about like in many other games. Oh sure, there are some, but not all over the place. So kudos for that.

All in all, I enjoyed the experience I got, and look forward to playing any continuations of the story.
10/10, better than Deus Ex: The Fall
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I finished this damn thing back in June, and I still find myself thinking about it, so I figure, sure, I'll write a review. Might as well, since that'll probably boost it's visibility on Steam.

So first of all, this game has pretty much everything going for it on an aesthetic and narrative level. While not treading on wholly new ground, it handles its story very well and manages to be effective despite being composed of very familiar elements. The same goes for the art style. Harsh shadows, sharp angles, and cool colors are all very common in indie science fiction games, but they're done as expertly as possible here and they really add to the mood. Finally, the sound design is top-notch. Some stellar voice acting sets the standard easily lived up to by the eerie ambient sounds, all mixed to perfection for evoking the sense of isolation this game wants to acheive. The only area I wouldn't praise so highly is the music. It works and provides a good backdrop, but there's nothing incredibly standout or memorable.

The real pitfalls for this game lie in, well, its gameplay. Many have already pointed out the clunky shooting mechanics, which don't kill the experience entirely, but can be rather frustratng at times. However, I would also argue that some of the puzzles tread into "jump up and down with your finger on your nose five times and rub a dead spider on the window to activate the disco ball which you then shoot down to make a hole in the floor" levels of obtuse. It's infuriating and legimtately detracts from the overall engagement. Not all of the puzzles are this way, but enough of them are to get on my nerves and I suspect quite a few other people's nerves as well.

However, I think that what this game does right honestly makes up for the qualms I have with it. It's far from perfect, but it's a fairly unique experience and one I thoroughly enjoyed having. I can only hope that future installements live up to the promise shown here.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
I'm having trouble articulating my thoughts and feelings with this game, so I'll just list pros and cons.

  • Visually interesting
  • Good voice acting
  • Atmospheric
  • Conceptually intriguing
  • Engaging story

  • Frustrating controls
  • Buggy
  • Some puzzles are obtuse
  • the game is part of a trilogy and so is not a complete story ("to be continued")

I could write some detail about each bullet point, but I am just not up to it. I guess I don't passionately love nor hate the game enough to spend the words on it. Let it be sufficient enough for me to say that I recommend this game if you get it on sale. Plus, it looks like with the recent update that they added Steam trading cards so I will probably go back and play it some more to get my card drops.

It does explore some issues with free will and choice, and because of that, I will elaborate a little on one scene where you have to make a difficult choice. The game actually made me stop and think about the consequences of simply pressing a red button and I thought that was cool. However, it was not clear to me in the game mechanics how I would go about NOT pressing that button. Would I be able to continue on with the story and complete the game without pressing that button? So, with hesitation, I pressed the button. I guess what I am saying is that this game is not shallow; there's some depth there. As a final word, I'll say that I am most likely going to purchase the next two parts after they are released, but I'll probably wait until they go on sale first.
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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.
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8 of 9 people (89%) 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.


+Good art
+Amazing story
+Solid puzzle solving gameplay

-Too short

Final score: 9/10 Would be a full ten if it was longer
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I love the story of this game, makes you wonder if AI's should be considered sentient beings or not. From now on ARID pwns GLaDOS :D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
This, along with Waking Mars, are both modern titles which reinvent the atmospheric and exploratory greatness of titles like Super Metroid. I've seldom been as engrossed in a game as I found myself with this one.

Do yourself a favor, if you enjoy mind bending stories, female protagonists and/or incredibly atmospheric environments... Drop ten dollars and.,, Fall for Ardis.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
The Fall is fantastic. Only problem is that it's too short. The only thing that makes it long, are the periods where you get stumped. Someone who knows the solutions to every puzzle could plow through it in around 20 minutes.

It's a bit like a point and click adventure game, but a little better at being able to brute force your way to a solution when you are stuck (if you're paying enough attention, you can try everything you have on every noteworthy area of the room). The controls can be a bit dodgy, but have good ideas in them. I love that you have to choose whether to have your laser sight or your flashlight at any given time - you cannot be both a warrior and an explorer simultaneously.

It's not too twitchy, although there's definitely combat. Anyone can get through the fighting with a bit of practice, and a careful eye on their stats. This is a boon for the kind of game that The Fall is - primarily a medium for its puzzles and story.

The twist at the end is a bit predictable, I'd figured it out early on. But I would tend to get invested in the urgency of the moment, and forget my suspicions for awhile, only reconsidering my actions later on. In particular, the mass stasis chamber - the implications of that decision only really hit home when you think about it in the context of the big reveal. That's about as much I can say about THAT without completely giving everything away.

I am really eager for a sequel or continuation or something... I did not expect the game to end where it did, and I can't wait to see what happens next. There's so much more to the Domesticon mythology that is only hinted at, and does not get resolution or closure. I know the devs are planning to provide more, but I don't know when, or what form it will take - even DLC is possible.
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
The Fall.
I found this game to be quite entriguing from start to end. While the general play was linear, it had some room for exploration to build background for the story. Some of the puzzles were easy to navigate and solve, while others were more challenging. There were one or two that had me go back and wander around looking around wondering "wtf, how the hell do I do this?", though overall they all gave a sense of accomplishment. I really enjoyed the story and the ideas it presented, and often had me thinking about I, Robot.

Only downsides I found were that I found it hard to play this in long sittings, and had to put time between solving the puzzles I got stuck on.

The Fall is a great game and am looking forward to potential expansions/parts in the future!
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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
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
This game tells the extremely interesting story of a Artificial Intelligence trying to fulfill its directives.


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.


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.


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 .


"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.

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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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
+ 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

- 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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