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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
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  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. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Aug 25, 2014
    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. Games Master UK
    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 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  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. Sep 2, 2014
    10
    That is truely art.
    There actually are some faults that may have taken place due to the size size of the development team like glitches,
    That is truely art.
    There actually are some faults that may have taken place due to the size size of the development team like glitches, pretty horribe combat mechanics, stiff controls and stuff like that.
    BUT it's somehow still 10 out of 10. It's a game which you can forgive for pretty much anything it does wrong because the feeling you get from playing it is far more superior.
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  3. Jun 22, 2014
    9
    An intelligent, thinking person's game with great atmosphere and sense of humour. If you like sci-fi and old-school point'n'click adventureAn intelligent, thinking person's game with great atmosphere and sense of humour. If you like sci-fi and old-school point'n'click adventure games, you're sure to love this. These days, I get quite jaded with games and often stop playing them after an hour or so, but I couldn't stop playing The Fall - it captivated me right up until the brilliant ending.

    It took me 5 hours to complete (going very slowly!) and I loved every second of it. I only got stuck on the puzzles once, but a quick look online gave me a hint on how to proceed. There are only a few characters in this game, but they are written amazingly well.

    The combat is OK, it's not brilliant and it doesn't really add much to the game. But I did like the game mechanic of switching between flashlight and gun.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this game and cannot wait for the 2nd and 3rd installments in the trilogy.
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  4. Sep 3, 2015
    7
    I thought the game looked interesting so I purchased it. On a positive note, this game has great sound effects, beautiful artwork, and aI thought the game looked interesting so I purchased it. On a positive note, this game has great sound effects, beautiful artwork, and a really interesting story. I found myself getting lost in this games puzzles and story for hours. Some of the negative aspects of this game are the terrible mechanics, and has poor A.I. capabilities. The logic for the dialog is very 2 dimension which hearkens back to the days of 8 bit, 16 bit , and 32 bit games. In addition, some of the puzzles make no sense and have terrible logic as well. The game only allows the user to solve an issue 1 way which I thought was pure laziness on the developers part. Overall its still fun to play, and well worth the 10 bucks. Expand
  5. Aug 16, 2014
    6
    The Fall is a 2-d point-and-click adventure game with some action/platform elements. The ambiance and story were very inventive, and the voiceThe Fall is a 2-d point-and-click adventure game with some action/platform elements. The ambiance and story were very inventive, and the voice acting in general was surprisingly good. It works better as a story than as a game. The game is a little bit buggy for me, sometimes my guy would get stuck and I had to restart the game. Since this is an indy game this is not a huge surprise. The story is a very dark sci-fi tale in a kind of post-apocalyptic setting. The action and platforming elements were not great, the controls were just not tight enough for a good action game experience. For sci-fi adventure game fans, this game is worth a look. If you are expecting a good 2-d action game, best to move on to The Swapper, or Braid, or Fly'n, or Trine, or even Bastion. Expand
  6. Aug 25, 2014
    5
    This game starts strong, with a mysterious intro and an innovative search mechanic. The character of ARID feels real throughout.This game starts strong, with a mysterious intro and an innovative search mechanic. The character of ARID feels real throughout. Unfortunately, the spooky atmosphere is broken by glitches and what feels like hasty design. This game appears to be a Kickstarter darling that didn't quite deliver.

    If you will be overly annoyed by occasionally climbing the wrong ladder to nowhere, occasionally being unable to use cover, or definitely having to stumble through a climactic fight with strange automatic walking and a disappearing environment, don't bother. The control scheme was interesting at first, but quickly became tedious. The choice of controller button mappings for interacting or firing a weapon were a bit odd. Aiming the gun didn't allow for sufficiently fine control. The interaction mechanic required holding down one button while navigating options with the analog stick just previously used for aiming/looking. That aside, after using a walk through for the obtuse puzzles and one absolutely unavoidable glitch, this was an enjoyable but somewhat short game that asked more questions than it answered, leaving room for a superior sequel. Good world building, sloppy execution.
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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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