Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
Buy On
  1. The best independent adventure game since "Cracking the Conspiracy."
  2. A thoroughly absorbing and satisfying adventure, all the more remarkable given its humble origins. Don't play it to finish, play it to savour.
  3. Proves that gameplay and story can (and always should) supersede flash and that a game does not need a big budget to tell a great story.
  4. It has lots of style and substance.
  5. Not a huge game, taking about twenty hours to finish in all, but is packed with some of the scariest moments I have encountered in my gaming life.
  6. Computer Gaming World
    This game's perpetually unnerving ambience, interesting puzzles, and unique ghost story may very well help you forgive its graphical flaws. [Nov 2003, p.129]
  7. netjak
    It offers superb storytelling and a very engaging gameplay. Almost all puzzles are tough, but logical. Unfortunatelly, it will never appeal to a large audience; it’s not challenging enough for veteran players, it doesn’t offer enough eye candy for people spoiled by titles like Syberia, and it’s too low-key for the general gaming population.
  8. Despite all my griping, Dark Fall really is an impressive first effort for the one-person design team and is actually better than some recent big-company releases. I'm not sorry I played it but neither am I gaga over it. How's that for decisiveness?
  9. If you love a good mystery and want to feel your skin crawl, Dark Fall is your game.
  10. It won't change the way adventure games are designed, like Myst did, but it is gripping and well-crafted.
  11. A very well-designed ghost story from a very promising developer, and well worth the purchase for suspense and first-person fans.
  12. Does a great job in captivating its audience in a rich storyline and direful locales. However, with its slow-paced game play and unpolished effects, it fails in its attempt to raise adventure PNCs from the grave.
  13. Computer Games Magazine
    Delivers good, slow-boil tension wrapped around an interesting mystery in an atmospheric setting. [Dec 2003, p.95]
  14. Eschews the normal audiovisual glitz in favor of something truly rare in computer games: a deep and compelling story that is worthy of a good novel.
  15. 68
    It's driven by the sort of maddening adventure game logic that had a hand in killing the genre. But there's no denying this is part of what defined the genre: clever (and often implausible) solutions from some weird corner of the brain most of us never exercise.
  16. Breaks no new ground and puts too much emphasis on puzzles, but its meticulously detailed world and paranormal detective story generally keep things entertaining.
  17. PC Gamer
    Hardcore adventurers will undoubtedly seek out Dark Fall, if only for the atmospheric journey. No surprise there - nor is there any in the game. [Nov 2003, p.119]
  18. Most of today's crop of gamers will be left disappointed by the point and click game play, static environments, and the overwhelming amount of text to read.
  19. The crucial fear-factor is missing, the sense of fight, flee or die that makes survival horror so effective.
  20. Cheat Code Central
    It's full of puzzles, investigations, exploration and the supernatural but there's a lot less action in it than you would expect for an action game.
  21. The repetitiveness of the locations is where it falls apart. The audio doesn't have any excuse however but is in desperate need of one. The sound effects are low quality and even distract from the game.
  22. Even the most die-hard adventure fan would be hard pressed to find much entertainment in Dark Fall. The game feels like it’s subpar from front to back.
  23. A slow, repetitive game released way past its prime. It's a shame really, because it had the potential to be so much more.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. JeffT.
    Sep 7, 2003
    Beautifully woven narrative, evocative sound and atmosphere combine to make this a true adventure gamers feast. Made by ONE person, pure genius.
  2. BradG.
    Apr 20, 2005
    Really... well... lame. Sorry, but this is nothing but a jumble of good ideas wrapped into laughingly lame package. I love a good avdenture Really... well... lame. Sorry, but this is nothing but a jumble of good ideas wrapped into laughingly lame package. I love a good avdenture game but this is not it. The sound is the real let down. The lack of consistant ambient effects and the harsh cutoffs at the end of each "creepy" sound bit are a joke. The imaginative environments are destroyed by grainy 640x480 renders and the whole mess starts to get really repeditive. The voice acting is solid and the puzzles are quite unique but neither make this game enjoyable. If you want an atmospheric adventure game that will leave its mark on you, pick up Myst Uru: The Complete Chronicles. Dark Fall was made by one person and it really shows. It may have made a good freeware title in the late 90's but its honestly a joke as a "boxed and shelved" product, even at $19.99 or so. Full Review »
  3. Feb 28, 2014
    This game was truly a masterpiece to my 15 year old brain when I first played it almost a decade ago. The atmosphere alone was one thatThis game was truly a masterpiece to my 15 year old brain when I first played it almost a decade ago. The atmosphere alone was one that chilled me to the bone. But the secrets that I uncovered as I made my way through the abandoned train station really just made me constantly want to find out more about what had happened here. Really great game. Full Review »