The Falling Sun is a horror game set in the under appreciated location of late WW2 Burma. Keep your wits sharp as the environment holds many surprises – and beware of what lurks in the dark. Take on the role of a young British officer tasked with discovering the fate of an armoured division.
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Release Date: Apr 7, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“We decided to release through early access due to the nature of the game. We've built the campaign as a series of acts. This current version will consist of the first two Acts as we will be releasing more throughout the production of the game. Early access also allows us to root out any bugs and get feedback from the players so that we can change and add features to the game as it grows.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to keep the game in early access as long we feel the game isn't ready for a full release, this way we can have the players help in order to make our game the best it can be. This should roughly take 6-8 months while we complete the further acts and fix every bug or problems that may arise.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The early access version of the game will release with the first two acts complete with three survival maps ready for the players feedback whereas the full release version will have more acts with a completed story. The survival mode would have multiple maps which our early access players would have been happy with as well as a possibility of further games modes outside of the campaign however this is mostly based off our feedback from our early access players.

We will not have any paid DLC for the game, all new content and features will be free of charge.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current version of the game consists of two finished acts and three survival maps. There may still be some small bugs here and there and this is one of the reasons why we chose early access as while we have been playing the game as much as we can with beta testers there still may be some hidden bugs out there that our early access players will help us fix.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of the early access is currently how much we feel the game is worth with it's current content and amount of gameplay currently available. Once the game is fully released we will increase the price to our full price however this is unknown until nearer the time. There is also no paid DLC for this game and all content is free of charge.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will be holding some Q&A sessions and be responding to the community via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter as well as our website. We will be taking on advice from the people who have played the game and this can lead to us changing certain aspects of the game if the vast majority of the community is demanding it. We will be looking over the steam forums and social networks constantly during early access in order for us to release a final product that we and our community is happy with.”
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Overview


From a UK based indie studio comes The Falling Sun, a first person, horror game set in post-WW2 Burma. The Japanese have withdrawn after the Allied victory and British forces regain control of the region, however when a small armoured column goes silent, a young lieutenant is sent on one last mission to find out what happened. Upon his arrival he is faced with horrors beyond that of the World War, will you be able to overcome them?
The Falling Sun provides a gripping story in a refreshing environment all the while keeping you on edge around every corner. The atmosphere will keep you on your toes, keep a keen ear and don’t always rely on your weapon to get you out of harm’s way.
With a series of acts you can immerse yourself in the game’s story through campaign mode; or even face the onslaught of horror in survival. Whatever you choose to do, keep your wits sharp. The game currently ships with two acts and a survival mode but further installments will be added without additional cost from the standard game price.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB Dedicated VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
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Mixed (32 reviews)
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Mixed (197 reviews)
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Sayen
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
The Falling Sun is very beautiful game
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GaNoo
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
The games graphics are horrendous, and look like something from 2005. The sound options are severely limited...you can either lower all game sounds, or lower all menu sounds. There's no way to lower BGM, or ambient sound..which is annoying since occasionally there will be a voice over that is inaudible due to it being drowned out by crickets, or crackles of a fire. It wouldn't be so bad if there were subtitles, but I didn't see anyway to activate them.

The controls were bad, and felt awkward and clunky. The range of weapons seems limited to just a pistol. Maybe you can find more further along, but all I ever got was a pistol...despite other guns laying literally everywhere!

Now, keep in mind, this is Early Access, and there are updates(Despite them not being listed on the storepage), so it WILL improve, and most of my complaints might be fixed in the near future, but at it's current state I wouldn't recommend it.

Still, the premise seems interesting, and I am hoping most if not all the problems get ironed out in the near future, because this game does have potential.
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Bucket of Doom
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
This game is so linear its painful. No exploring is encouraged or allowed.
The gun is unresponsive, the bullets makes no visual impact on enemys when you shoot them.
The audio is awful. It actually hurt my ears because its so loud. I lowered it with 75% but its still so loud my old tinitus came back. There is no story at all, just a guy going around saying obvious things like "what was that?" or "I am scared!"

The enemys are all the same, slow walking with the same animation. Sometimes they look a bit different.

You can't pick up weapons. You only got the pistol.

Yes this game is horrible, don't buy it.
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Evnatia - The Mute Cynic
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Early Access Watcher Public Service Announcement

Update Version: 1.03

Disclosure: This game copy was bought by the reviewer.

Link to provided playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoV9RQUB8DU

The Falling Sun has not seen an update since June 11th, 2015 if the Steam Update log is to be believed. This puts the game over a year without an update and is thus classified as Abandonware under the Gateway to Gaming status clause. I have provided a video of a playthrough to inform you, the consumer, of what you will be investing in if you decide to purchase this game. I have only one opinion due to the lack of updates: do not buy. If you wish, however, to watch the playthrough and feel this is good enough to support the developer, then by all means do so. I wish the developer luck and hope the above evidence provides a proper look into what the cost of entry provides.

This has been a EAW PSA.
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Big Brother
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
It is the worst game I've seen last 5 years!
That ammount of bugs is just unbelievable.
In addition those "scary" in game sound is actually funny and very expected.
Don't play this game. I just boght it for 0.1 dollars for trading cards, that's the best you can get from this game.
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Gunderson Mallard
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
It feels like someone accidentally published the early stages of a mod for a game that was released over 20 years ago.

Maybe in the 90s it could have been timely and different with its horror spin on an overlooked theatre in World War 2, but right now it just doesn’t make sense as a game. It plays like a demo with questionable level design, repetitive assets, and no sense of direction. There are rough games out there with stellar concepts and misguided execution, but this isn’t one of them.

The gameplay is just lacking. The forgettable story can be forgiven because many games struggle with this, but this game has nothing to make up for this shortcoming. The guns and enemies feel completely disconnected and surviving really isn’t as satisfying as just exiting out of the game. There is one section that is probably meant to be a puzzle, but calling it a filler for time would be generous. After maybe 10 minutes of fighting shambling, generic fodder, the game is over. There is no need to worry about health or ammo running out, because this piece of horror is less scary and dangerous than Halloween party for toddlers.

Far from being mechanically broken or painful to play, this game is just too empty and out of touch. The pitch sounds interesting, but this game just isn’t fun.
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{MvP} im the bottom fragger
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 24
good game its vary short tho jumpscares arnt bad but could be better. and i mean if you ant to know how a game is you have to play it yourself
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SISLYDIA
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22
bad
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Jeguk
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
Absolutely not. This game is not worthy paying for it. Moving isclumsy, scenarios are really uncouth, enemies are not credible either (you shoot at them, and no blood splash plus no hitting animation, so you do not know if you hit them). The story is a real "meh". nothing special, the topic story about scientists and zombis-look-alike. More than scaring, I find this game disappointing. And boring.
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Gandalf the Glitter
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 21
Based on the comments, I was preparing my second keyboard and the computer key removal kit. Bu I was quite pleasantly surprised. The game runs well, even on my piece of {Grawlix} laptop. The game goes from note to note, allowing the protagonist, (who, unlike me, doesn't {Grawlix} himself when the phone rings) to piece together the history leading up to the destruction of the armored bat(t?)allion in question. Although you don't pick up the hundreds of guns you see next to corpses, ammo is given according to need, and extra is found hidden around the areas. The game could do with Subtitles at points (the accents sound like cuneiform in midair at times), the audio is well done. Perhaps slightly more dialogue, or maybe an NPC would allow the story to flow more easily, but it is easily picked up through atmospheric qeues. For an EARLY ACCESS game, it is quite good.
8/9.162
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
It feels like someone accidentally published the early stages of a mod for a game that was released over 20 years ago.

Maybe in the 90s it could have been timely and different with its horror spin on an overlooked theatre in World War 2, but right now it just doesn’t make sense as a game. It plays like a demo with questionable level design, repetitive assets, and no sense of direction. There are rough games out there with stellar concepts and misguided execution, but this isn’t one of them.

The gameplay is just lacking. The forgettable story can be forgiven because many games struggle with this, but this game has nothing to make up for this shortcoming. The guns and enemies feel completely disconnected and surviving really isn’t as satisfying as just exiting out of the game. There is one section that is probably meant to be a puzzle, but calling it a filler for time would be generous. After maybe 10 minutes of fighting shambling, generic fodder, the game is over. There is no need to worry about health or ammo running out, because this piece of horror is less scary and dangerous than Halloween party for toddlers.

Far from being mechanically broken or painful to play, this game is just too empty and out of touch. The pitch sounds interesting, but this game just isn’t fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
This game is so linear its painful. No exploring is encouraged or allowed.
The gun is unresponsive, the bullets makes no visual impact on enemys when you shoot them.
The audio is awful. It actually hurt my ears because its so loud. I lowered it with 75% but its still so loud my old tinitus came back. There is no story at all, just a guy going around saying obvious things like "what was that?" or "I am scared!"

The enemys are all the same, slow walking with the same animation. Sometimes they look a bit different.

You can't pick up weapons. You only got the pistol.

Yes this game is horrible, don't buy it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
Early Access Watcher Public Service Announcement

Update Version: 1.03

Disclosure: This game copy was bought by the reviewer.

Link to provided playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoV9RQUB8DU

The Falling Sun has not seen an update since June 11th, 2015 if the Steam Update log is to be believed. This puts the game over a year without an update and is thus classified as Abandonware under the Gateway to Gaming status clause. I have provided a video of a playthrough to inform you, the consumer, of what you will be investing in if you decide to purchase this game. I have only one opinion due to the lack of updates: do not buy. If you wish, however, to watch the playthrough and feel this is good enough to support the developer, then by all means do so. I wish the developer luck and hope the above evidence provides a proper look into what the cost of entry provides.

This has been a EAW PSA.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
134 of 150 people (89%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 8, 2015
Dont buy this crap. This is a money grab, dev use the money to buy him new games which he plays rather then develop the game. Go to forums find his profile and see fo yourself what he is doing. The only udpates he gives is when the game is on sale or in a bundle. I suspect this game to be a filthy Earl Access scam. Avoid like virus.

UPDATE: 8 months since last update, nothing new, dev probably bought new game that absorbs his time but unfortunately the profile is no longer public so we cant see what he is playing this time
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 26, 2015
This game is in my opinion the epitome of a true 4 out of 10.

It isnt terrible, but also isnt good.

Basically, you are a British soldier investigating what happened to an armoured column of your armed forces mates in Burma circa WW2. Now, there is a lot wrong with the idea that one man is going to investigate the disappearance of hundreds, but whatever....keep it simple. It's all good.

Add to that the basic story arc of a Buddhist apocalypse, and the comical aspects of this story reach their crescendo.

So, what about the gameplay? Well, you basically wander around with a pistol, killing the occasional zombie and reading the occasional note...when you can actually click on the note. Often, the game doesnt register your proximity to said notes, and so you cant click on them. I did find an end around by simply jumping on top of whatever surface the notes were on and reading them through my pistol's ironsights, lol.

Speaking of the pistol you cling to in this game....you pass by a plethora of other weapons, including grenades, assault rifles, etc...but your soldier doesnt seem to think they are good weapons, and so you are never able to actually pick them up or use them. They are simply part of the backdrop.

The graphics themselves are what you would expect from the vanilla Unity engine. Somewhat washed out and basic. I actually dont have a problem with that, and overall, I did think it looked fine for what it was going for.

I also thought the level design was decent. It's obviously a linear experience, but frankly, given the sparse nature of the game and the relative lack of encounters, this works fine. It is designed to build tension, and does a decent job of this overall, although you do come to realize quickly that you really dont need to be too worried about what might be around the next corner since typically there wont be anything, lol.

The audio is fairly typical of these types of games. Sort of ominous sounding, with spikes in volume to try and scare you or make you more tense at the least. This would be more effective if there wasnt such a lack of enemies. Still, decent for what has become stock audio files (from what I can tell since I've heard the same music in other Unity engine games).

So...enemies. There are basically three types...your standard weak zombie, your soldier zombies that are essentially a bit more bullet resistant, and the fire spawned zombies (at least that is what I am calling them), which can easily soak up a clip or two of bullets before they die, depending on how close you are to them. They all simply rush you, so you will generally have plenty of time to drop them before they get near you.

Now, your pistol is actually pretty easy to aim, and that was another positive aspect of the game. Pretty seamless, with auto reload if you drain your clip (or enter a new section of the map) or manual if you discharged a couple bullets and want to be ready for the next encounter. Bullets are fairly sparse up until a specific section, but you always have just enough to deal with the 1-3 enemies you will encounter every couple of sections/levels.

Interestingly enough, there is a section which basically amounts to the boss battle, and in that lone section, it goes from a zombie here, a zombie there to an actual horde. I thought that was actually a challenging battle. You dont actually have to win. You simply have to survive for a certain amount of time. That was actually kind of cool IMO.

Anyway, I will play Act 3 when it is released, and I dont regret playing this game at all, but it doesnt change the fact that, at least in my opinion, this is exactly what a 4 out of 10 game looks and plays like. It is currently priced at $5 USD. I wouldnt pay that much for it. For $2 or less though, I feel it would be worth a look. Still, based on a 4 out of 10, I give this game a thumbs down with the caveat that, for the right price, or as a bundle game, it is worth at least checking out.

Also, this is k/m only folks.
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34 of 50 people (68%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 7, 2015
This game was very hard for me to place. There are many good aspects in it, including an interesting story line, and a great horror ambiance (for the most part). However, there are still many things that should be fixed. First of all, the sound balance. In the beginning of the game, the wind is way to prominent, making it hard to hear anything else, including the horror atmosphere and the main characters voice. Furthermore, I'm not a big fan of the cut scene transitions. The first one caught me off guard. The computer takes control of your movement and floats you to the next area. This breaks the illusion of being in the game. It would be much better to be able to transition between places yourself, which would also keep me more absorbed in it. The game is still very interesting, but has some aspects that should be fixed. But since this is only in the beta, I'm sure that there are going to be many updates improving it, and I can't wait for them to come out. Still, this is a very enjoyable game, and for the price it's definitely worth buying. Below I posted my walk through of act 1, if you want to see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgKuQ9cJ6qk&list=PLKMxTuqznyPPkgaE6aqdCot48LWE2GXsv&index=1
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 7, 2015
Please Note I am currently on ACT II

At first glance the graphics aren't amazing. Yet the suspence and horror is awesome. There are many think fast moments and pop ups that catch you off guard. When I was playing I flet parnoid looking behind me and taking corners slowly.The story is relatively simple but keeps the player hooked and makes him/her want to play, dive deeper into the game.


The animations are a bit choppy and the textures could use some reworking. I would like to see more weapons other than the Browning High-Power (Pistol), maybe the Lee-enfield or a Sten. I would love to see co-op added to this game, would make even more enjoyable. Some ragdoll affects would be nice and would make killing enemies more statsfying.

Overall Opinion:

For the price this game is awesome! I love the WW2 setting it fits the game very well. If you can look past the graphics and animations your will find enjoyment in this game. I am looking forward to the patchs and updates that will be coming soon. A few improvements later this game could be a horror masterpiece! GET IT!
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 31, 2015
Final time according to Steam: 0.7 hrs last two weeks / 0.7 hrs on record

I would have gotten a refund if I could have, but I got the key on a third party site.

It definitely has a cool name, and the setting is an interesting one for a horror game; but this is bad - the exact kind of game that makes people fear the "Powered by Unity" symbol. It's ugly, it's drab, the sound effects are either terrible or poorly mixed. Badly animated zombies run at you and you shoot at them with no hit registry feedback that lets you know you even hit them, which is even worse when you have a part of the game when you have a bunch of them coming at you once in a tiring gauntlet. There's a reason walking simulators by indie devs rarely feature shooting or any kind of gameplay: Cause they'd suck at it.

Take the one puzzle in the entire game: Find a key(which was hard to see, let alone find) then turn on a generator. That's it.

Story? Soldiers find some artifact and then bam - zombies. Then two horrible British voice actors (that also sound like punk kids rather than soldiers) talk to eachother. It's also just not scary... unless really annoying sound effects is scary to you.

The ending promises that it will be continued, but I have some serious doubts about that. If you want to play it and refund it, I wouldn't even bother. Just avoid it.

The Pro's:
+It's mercifully short

The Con's:
-Terrible gameplay

-Ugly and plain

-Lame voice acting

-Not much of a story

-Obnoxious sound effects
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 16
The worst thing in my library.
Poor shooting, a single puzzle, and terribly short run time.
There is nothing here, and it is a waste of an interesting concept.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
Product received for free
Starting off, I don't encourage hate on developers, so keep in mind this is critical feedback, not hate:

I was given The Fallen Sun to review back when it first launched, and played through the entire campaign as well as the small minigames on the side.

I'll sum up my thoughts below:

The Good

-Interesting story concept, which is never properly executed


The Bad
-Outdated visual graphics
-Horrible performance
-A host of optimization problems
-Poor sound quality
-Restrictive, linear level design
-Lazy weapon design, lack of proper ammo placement

The Awful
-Voice acting so bad that it makes me start to miss "Rambo: The Videogame"
-Forced jumpscares that aren't even scary
-Irratating story that gives up abruptly, as if the developer themself knew what a bad product they made, and just gave up.

Overall Opinion
To quote the in-game character: "Dear God, what happened here?!"

1/10
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