Video Game Wednesdays criteria include a) being electronic in nature and b) being a game
Honestly, I’m not sure where to start with this game. I worked up the courage to try it out a couple weeks ago, and finished it in a few days, but never got around to writing about it. So, finally, here are my thoughts on the indie game The Fall.
The Fall was on Kickstarter a while back. I didn’t know about it until Mac Game Store decided to give me a pop-up saying “Hey, we think you’d like this game!” I decided to go ahead and buy it while it was on sale for 3 dollars. It’s worth the full 10. The project reached the last of the “extra content” funding bonuses, so it’s pretty good. The graphics are fairly decent, the characters are well voiced and sympathetic (or creepy!) and the plot is actually kind of interesting. In a short summary, the story goes like this:
You take on the role of an A.R.I.D (artificial intelligence) onboard a Mark-7 combat suit controlled by a human pilot. You’ve crashed onto a planet, and the pilot is unconscious. You take over the suit with one motive: to protect your pilot at any cost. You’ll come across a fairly helpful computer intelligence (who’s also my favorite character) managing the robot testing station who agrees to help you – assuming you can pass a few tests. You’ll come across the mysteriously murderous Caretaker, who might not be too keen on you poking around the building – and you’ll find out a few things about yourself along the way.
I feel like I’m trying to sell something now. It’s a pretty good game though, and it’s the first in a trilogy, so expect an unexpected ending.
Other than a few icky moments (like tricking one of the tests with a disembodied head, or when you shoot slugs) this is a pretty great game. I don’t recall any language, so it’s mostly just violent. While the controls are fairly easy to learn, the techniques to survival have a small learning curve. I enjoyed it, but I’d recommend it for 12 and up. The only thing I find annoying (that I can think of at the moment) is that you can’t save whenever you want. There are save checkpoints within the game, but until the later stages, they’re few and far between.
This is a side-scrolling puzzle/adventure game that reminds me of a cross between Legend of Zelda and Metroid. I really have no better way to describe it. The game took me about two or three days to finish, so I’d say it’s worth about 14-16 hours of playtime. I’ll warn you though, the puzzles can be challenging, to say the least. I had to use the internet for a couple of them – and puzzles are something I’m good at!
The Fall, from Over the Moon, is available from Steam, Mac Game Store, and a couple other places I can’t think of at the moment. It’s rated T.
Have fun gaming!