GAME NAME: The Fall
DEVELOPER(S): Over The Moon Games
PUBLISHER(S): Over The Moon Games
PLATFORM(S): PC (Reviewed) Wii U/eShop, Linux, Mac
RELEASE DATE(S): August 26, 2014
I’ll be honest; I had no background on this game when it came to my desk for review. Ant was telling me it’s supposed to be really good and to give it a chance. So I did, and I’m glad I did. What an excellent game indeed.
The story starts off with a crash and as a pilot you fall to the surface of a planet. You are rendered unconscious and that’s where the AI in your smart suit kicks in to get you medical attention. The number one priority is to keep the pilot safe and thus the journey begins. After you crash and stand up you get a quick guide and walkthough, I reviewed this on the PC so the controls vary if you’ve read the other review on GameGravy by Anthony. If you hit the ESC key you’ll pull up the console in your suit and you can see what options you have to activate. When you use your mouse and hover over objects you’ll see an orange magnifying glass with a description of what it is. This will guide you throughout your story, from here you’ll be able to interact with objects, pick them up or network with them wirelessly.
The graphics are beautiful, it has a very dark tone and the visuals are stark. You can tell that Over The Moon Games put a lot of love and time into this game. The sound also adds great ambiance to the environment as well and helps to enhance situations and story points and doesn’t detract in any way, which was excellent to me. I love when that combo happens as that is when I get sucked into a game and lose track of time.
The Fall is a fairly decent length game, it’s about a six hour playthrough depending on how savvy and smart you are. This game can be very difficult at times in regards to puzzle solving, so if you are a person with zero patience this is not the game for you. I loved it because there are no hints, you seriously have to figure things out and when you do it feels very rewarding. One thing I will say is you have to be on the look out for clues all over the place and also think outside of the box or below an elevator shaft (hint, hint) if you are stuck. Anthony and my Editors will laugh at that, it’s not technically a spoiler but you’ll know what I mean if you throw your controller and say you’re stuck, which is what I did the first time through. I loved the different dimensions of this game through, you are the AI and as the AI you get yourself in some crazy and serious situations where ethics and morale are a gray.
The graphics and sound for The Fall are excellent and pulls you in. The Fall is a title I highly recommend for anyone who loves side scrolling puzzle platformers. It will be challenging but worth it. Have some patience and open your mind and get ready for an awesome ride you won’t want to end.