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  • Summary: 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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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 11, 2014
    90
    The Fall is a great story, well told, and it's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
  2. Jul 2, 2014
    88
    The Fall is one of the best science fiction games around. This first episode talks about artificial intelligence and difficult choices. Its mix of action and puzzle solving moves the intriguing narrative, which is sustained by beautiful writing and unique atmosphere.
  3. May 30, 2014
    80
    Over the Moon have begun something very special with The Fall and you’ll be looking out for ARID again even months after you finish this intriguing opening act.
  4. 80
    A nice robo-drama that doesn't need to complicate things. The Fall is clever, albeit a little bit inhuman. [Issue#244]
  5. Aug 5, 2014
    76
    The game is a throwback to the old-style point-and-click adventure game, requiring you to solve puzzles with limited assets within a constantly shifting scaffold of constraints that limits what is and is not possible. For the most part, the game avoids the exasperating opacity that once plagued adventure games—flush the pickle down the toilet in order to get the car keys—but there is nevertheless little room for variation in how one solves the puzzles, and little room for choice within the story.
  6. Aug 6, 2014
    74
    First act of an announced trilogy, The Fall has an impressive story and a compelling setting. Its gameplay is not as brilliant, but there's space for improvements.
  7. Jul 29, 2014
    58
    The puzzles are poorly thought out. [Sept 2014, p.81]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Jun 10, 2014
    10
    From the protagonist's initial fall to this planet, the story captured me and drew me in. The art and sound created a world beautiful andFrom the protagonist's initial fall to this planet, the story captured me and drew me in. The art and sound created a world beautiful and eerie. Shortly after the story began to unfold, I felt that I was getting a window into a much larger, intriguing world; complete, very real and deeply dark. The dialogue and voice acting created characters that I became so emotionally invested in that I have thought of them for days since, wondering about their histories and motivations. The puzzles, for me, were a reason to further explore the depths of this bizarre world. As a filmmaker, this game left more of a mark than many films I have watched. There was a haunting beauty about this world, and I laughed out loud many times, thoroughly enjoying the wit of characters, and morbid absurdity of certain tasks throughout the game. I was left feeling so invested that I am eager to experience the next installment. This is a brilliant game. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2015
    10
    Very good game. I would describe it as something between Flashback (action sequences), Swapper (environment and atmosphere) and Point-n-clickVery good game. I would describe it as something between Flashback (action sequences), Swapper (environment and atmosphere) and Point-n-click gameplay. The graphics are dark and nice, although the brighter light in the center could be avoided, the sound is good and the gameplay is nice and simple. The general atmosphere of the game is one of abandonment and desperation (the fact that the later comes from a A.I. makes it even stronger).
    The plot becomes more interesting as you proceed in the game and the best part is the ending. What's also interesting is that everything is shown from the A.I.'s point of view.
    What I found a bit annoying was that I had to move the flashlight of the "suit" up and down very often in order to find the interaction points... Other than that, the game is nearly perfect. I'd say 9,5/10.

    Recommended!
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  3. Jun 23, 2014
    9
    Metroid meets Limbo meets Monkey Island with a twist. I started this game expecting a dark and gritty metroidvania but I found myselfMetroid meets Limbo meets Monkey Island with a twist. I started this game expecting a dark and gritty metroidvania but I found myself pleasantly surprised that it wasn't the combat mechanics (which btw are very simplistic, but capable enough as it is not this game focus) that kept me playing, it was the story.
    I don't want to spoil much, but while you basically control a robot away from any conscious human being for , there is a lot of character development in a short period of time (which is even weirder if you consider the main premise of this game is very similar to "Metroid Other M").
    Enviromentally, this game is beautifully weird: I found it a lot less scary than Limbo, but at the same time its a lot more unpleasant and realistic without being too graphic.
    Now, the puzzle solving is represents this game partial strength but also its main weakness: the puzzles are little and pretty straightforward by themselves, but then you're bombarded with too many of them at the same time, it can become a heavy to follow, even more if you consider that there's no place for experimentation (no combination-in-menu mechanic, no more comments than "i cannot do that" at random uses), you can't really fail any of them and the first playthrough could take you hours to complete just because of this, also crippling part of its replay value.
    But don't be fooled, it's very unlikely to get all this game narrative has to offer the first time, and if you're a completionist you will be repeating it just to check the different conversation outcomes.
    In the end, this game is an excellent example of story-driven exploration gameplay, but not as fast-paced as many people would expect.

    TL;DR version: Exploration-platformer fans: don't expect a fully developed Metroidvania (at least not in this first chapter, maybe for the next one). Point-n-click adventure fans: give it a try, you might like it. Indie enthusiast: this definitely worth a $10 price!
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  4. Jun 29, 2014
    8
    The Fall is an engaging thoughtful game. It plays like part point/click adventure and part 2D shooter. The game has a heavy atmosphericThe Fall is an engaging thoughtful game. It plays like part point/click adventure and part 2D shooter. The game has a heavy atmospheric element and interesting visual style in it's apocalyptic setting, and has some keenly insightful moments around artificial intelligence, choice, human interaction with AI, and even insight into how AI might cognitively interact w/ humans. I give the game a solid 7.5 and rounded up to 8 as this is a fun game worth playing and stands out vs. some others I've played. The only negatives I encountered were a) that the controls were a little difficult for me to work with - nothing bad, but a tad awkward - b) a small gameplay bug (devs were making patches as I was playing and fixed this), and c) a couple of the point/click solutions were a little odd. Nothing to detract from the game too much, but like in many adventure games there's a couple times where you have to do some odd things to make the story progress. But overall this was a thoughtful game w/ strong story and some good moments where you will wish there was another way.... Many times I wouldn't do what the game was wanting me to do because I was trying to find another way to proceed, but there simply is no other way. This forced action perspective helped highlight the difference between real choice, and constraint based artificial intelligence. I knew what my character had to do, even though I didn't want it to happen in some cases. In summary: Engaging game, with strong atmosphere and artistic approach, with a thoughtful story. If you have interest give this a try. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2014
    6
    BEWARE IT IS MEANT TO BE AN EPISODE

    It is not written in the description, but this looks like an 'Episode 1' (there even is the achievement
    BEWARE IT IS MEANT TO BE AN EPISODE

    It is not written in the description, but this looks like an 'Episode 1' (there even is the achievement of finishing 'episode 1')....and the game ends on TO BE CONTINUED.

    Although the ending can still be an ending (no cliffhanger trick, not too big at least), looks like the story is not really finished, but if this is an episode, they should have written. It is very short (less than 4 hours with everything explored). 10 euros is a lot, and the game is not that rich in content anyway.

    Controls are VERY bulky (mouse and keyboard, didn't try controller), graphics are not very characteristic, animations are sticky and design in general is not very descriptive. Atmosphere though is there. The Swapper is a similar game that was able to achieve more in terms of graphics, animations and design (and, for my taste, plot and atmosphere).

    The Fall looks a bit flat, boring, although it is still a good game, it just doesn't look polished enough. Voice acting was the best thing of the game. 60/100
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  6. May 11, 2015
    5
    Disappointing. I was lured in to try this game due to its very nice and atmospheric visual style and the premise. However, the nature of itsDisappointing. I was lured in to try this game due to its very nice and atmospheric visual style and the premise. However, the nature of its puzzles is way too ambiguous and makes no logical sense whatsoever. You end up resorting to walking around the area and trying to interact with everything to see if it works, and when you've had enough of that, you start digging through the walkthroughs. The progression of most things you do doesn't make sense. For example, I was told I had to do a series of tests. However, my character was unable to accept it until I walked into a nearby room and looked at a human corpse. No idea why it wasn't possible to just accept the test without having to do something as pointless and obscure as that.

    There are some gun fights present too, which I enjoyed. The cover system is cool and some special abilities, like the cloak, is pretty neat too. These sections are too spaced apart, however, and majority of the game just consists of silly puzzles, so if you're after something faster-paced, best to look elsewhere.
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  7. Mar 29, 2015
    2
    Awfully boring.
    Nothing he does not have mood.
    The control and the object usage part are terrible. Awfully boring. Nothing he does not
    Awfully boring.
    Nothing he does not have mood.
    The control and the object usage part are terrible.

    Awfully boring.
    Nothing he does not have mood.
    The control and the object usage part are terrible.
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