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 (1,061 reviews)
Release Date: May 30, 2014

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"Dark, atmospheric and thought provoking. Think Metroid meets a point and click. An interesting narrative completes this unique and absorbing package."

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October 30

Parts 2 and 3 confirmed

We still get the occasional question about this, so for those of you who haven't heard the good news, The Fall parts 2 and 3 have been confirmed. It was always our goal to find a way to make them, even if our sales were almost non-existent, but thankfully we've had enough interest that making them will be easy. Expect the next instalment (if everything goes according to plan) sometime around fall of 2015. We'll make sure it's awesome!

We're not sure yet if they'll be released separately, or together in one, large game. What do you think?

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Reviews

“Hands down, The Fall is one of the best games I have played.”
Indie Game Mag

“A Modern Classic.”
9/10 – That Nerd Show

“The Fall has proven that innovation is still possible in the genre”
8/10 – RestartReplay

About This Game

Experience the first story in a mind bending trilogy!

Take on the role of ARID, the artificial intelligence onboard a high-tech combat suit. ARID's program activates after crashing on an unknown planet. The human pilot within the combat suit is unconscious, and it is ARID's duty to protect him at all costs! As she progresses into her twisted and hostile surroundings, driven to find medical aid before it is too late, the realities of what transpired on this planet force ARID to reflect upon her own protocols. ARID's journey to save her pilot ultimately challenges the very rules that are driving her.

The Fall is a unique combination of adventure-game puzzle solving, and side-scroller action, all set within a dark and atmospheric story. Exploration will be paramount to surviving your adventure. Utilize ARID's flashlight to uncover a myriad of interactive objects. If what you uncover is hostile, switch on your laser sight and kick some metal! Get ready for a disturbing journey as you fight, explore, and think your way forward, expanding ARID's world, in spite of her protocols.

The Fall features:
  • A compelling story - Crafted over the course of two years, The Fall's story is a cut above standard gaming fare.
  • Story/Gameplay integration - Players encounter challenges that force them to think in ways congruent with the game's story.
  • Thick atmosphere - A very well polished visual style is complemented with The Fall's full voice cast.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600 or equivalent, 256 MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 450 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
    • Additional Notes: Requires a mouse with two buttons.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 or later
    • Processor: 2.5 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8600 or equivalent, 256 MB memory
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
The Fall is a very good game, but kind of short really.

+ good mechanics
+ complex puzzles
+ good atmosphere
+ good story
+ nice achievements

would play a sequel.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Awesome game, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Only complaint is it's short, and is part one of supposedly three.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
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
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Incredible game. So far the story is excellent, and puzzles are just right.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
It's surprisingly good! There's a couple tricky puzzles here and there and it's criminally short. All in all, a good game to pick up for a fun afternoon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
This game is phenomenal.

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

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

TLDR:

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

-Too short

Final score: 9/10 Would be a full ten if it was longer
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
The Fall has such a great atmosphere and story. The trailer was enough to spike my curiosity. I played the entire game in one sitting, mainly because I could not stop playing this game. On finishing this game, I'm genuinely interested in the next two episodes that have been announced. If you like point and click adventures, mixed with a bit sidescrolling action, and while tossing in sci-fi and robots. I suggest trying this game out. I give it a 8 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fun cerebral sci-fi adventure/action game. It has it's flaws, but makes up for it with good writing and fantastic atmosphere. Don't hesitate to look stuff up if you get stuck. The puzzles are not the point of this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
A great little game with simple yet intuitive mechanics. Rounds out with a fantastic story, challenging puzzles and great visuals. Definitely worth the money.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
4-5 hours of an awsome story, with sometimes murky puzzles, this games is dripping with atmosphere.
Afterwards I had to grab s.th. to eat, because I couldn't stop playing. Now I'm watching Aliens (2), because I was reminded of Alien (1)'s atmosphere (but unfortunately I ony had the second movie lying around).
I think there are also influences from Blade Runner, but in terms of similar games, the only one that comes to my mind is Lifeless Planet (in the exploration aspect, not gameply style).
I had to look up 2-3 things, in part of my own fault, but also because sometimes the interactive points are a bit obscured in the darkness. Combat system with 360 controller could have been smoother in aiming.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
A solid point-and-click puzzle adventure made stellar through a well paced, thoughtful, unique plot and a highly immersive atmosphere.
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The Fall is a point and click adventure game with occasional 2D shooter elements.

I can't recommend it. The good points are that it's got a decent story to it, great voice acting, and nice music. The graphics and lighting are also pretty good.

Unfortunately, it's a chore to play. Combat is never really interesting and feels like it was thrown in to appease action players. Some of the puzzles are nonsensical in how they should be completed, being more convoluted than they need to be - e.g., overloading a battery to make a machine break off a piece of cardboard, when you could realistically break the cardboard yourself. Certain commands available to the player show up constantly, but are only usable a few times at all in the game.

Go play The Swapper instead.
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Looks nice but I'[m not feeling this game at all. Way too many puzzles for its own good. Fetch quests that never seem to end,but hardly any combat. There comes a point when you say enough with the freakin puzzles. This game is disguised as a platformer/combat exploration game. but its just puzzles,and boring ones. the worst one being i had to meet requiments,performing a test in order to pass certification for security that was not allowing me to enter a new area. Guess what the test was...a puzzle. Guess what it requires..cleaning a house. Dusting,picking up trash,baby siting. OH My God WTF? This is a game? And the worst part being the puzzles are not clear. I found a vase,had to make the house look all nice like a happy home. I found flowers,so flowers go inside a vase,right? Well I didn't pass the test,game says the wrong colored flowers are in the vase,not a happy looking home. Run around all over,there are no other flowers,so in short I'[m stuck. geeeeee,nice puzzle there. I wish I had the 4 bucks I wasted on this back. warning,don't buy this game. Go mowe your lawn,go out and buy the right colored flowers to make a happy home,just don't play this torturing piece of trash. And don't let the graphcs lure you. YouTube to see how this plays,its not good! Final Judgement 2/10. The 2 points for graphics and that it uses a 360/X1 pad. Thats it! Avoid!
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0 of 13 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A clunky point and click meets a clunky cover based shooter & platformer to create a game I don't like. Within minutes it had degenerated into trying all of the available actions on all of the question marks I could find which is not a good sign. The puzzles just don't yield that eureka moment that makes adventure games worthwhile, its a fight against the game.
With the help of some guides I was able to overcome the bad design and managed to get my gun to find the shooting has about a 2 second delay (sometimes?) but not for the enemies and the cover system was pretty bad which just made stuff worse. The menus are similarly clunky, taking seconds to open and switch between while they emulate an old computer display. Clunky really describes this game.

The game is an unruly combination of things that just don't mix well. The plot seemed interesting though.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I enjoyed the concept on an exosuit AI looking to save the human inside it from dying, the puzzles where generally easy, combat ok. The story was mostly good, except a rather disappointing ending and a rather out of place "To be continued". My main issue with the game was that you are unable to redefine the controls, and on the control pad the main way of switching from object interaction and combat is by clicking the right analogue stick. Any time a game asks me to press and analogue stick regularly, it becomes a pain, literal hand crap after a few hours. But also with a lack of controller customisation Over The Moon have probably excluded a few gamers with partial disabilities from playing the game that would otherwise really enjoy it.
3/5
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Dark. Ambient. Interesting story and protagonist.
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2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Despite quite hard at times, it's nothing you should turn down!
The game starts with introducing a dense atmosphere and keeping it all the way through. No cheap jumpscares, or anything like that, just very immersive, and creepy atmosphere. And how does it hold up? GREAT I'd say, even though it's a bit short and as already mentioned, quite hard at some points, it's definetely worth looking into it.

This game is worth every penny, and if you're not convinced I'd recommend getting it at a sale at least, you really have to experience this!
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I do generally find games that explore the nature of self-awareness in A.I to be interesting and this game does well in exploring it.

Less astute individuals such as myself may have trouble with a number of the puzzles, a few of which were solved by basically using every item on every thing out of frustration. (plus a couple I just couldn't figure out on my own)

However, it IS a good game, with a quietly unsettling and isolated atmosphere and a solid story that has plenty to work with in the aftermath. It has a sense of questioning at several points that personally left me wondering about the actions I was taking and I ultimately walked away with chills down my spine once things were made clear.
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