Have Game, Will Play: The Fall on Wii U

The Fall is about an advanced military suit that falls from parts unknown into a robot re-purposing facility. The human within it is apparently in need of medical attention. The suit’s on-board emergency operator, ARID, must interact with some interesting AIs in the facility to save the human within.

Visually (and tonally) The Fall is a very dark game where you must solve puzzles and occasionally fight in your attempt to get access to the re-purposing facility’s medical resources. The controls can take some getting used to but in no way hamper the experience. Along the way you will encounter organic and inorganic beings that will hinder or aid you. The combat is not particularly deep nor is it intended to be. Aiming with the right analog on the Wii U gamepad could have been a bit more precise but the combat is a means to an end and happens in short bursts.

The story The Fall tells is quite interesting. Conversations with mobile and disembodied characters reveal so much about the environment you are in as well as raise questions about rules and roles. My one gripe would be getting stuck fairly often. Some of the puzzles seemed a bit esoteric to me and occasionally I found myself combining every item in my inventory with everything in a room to progress. Despite some minor frustration I found the writing and overall experience within The Fall to be excellent.

Recommendation: Buy this game
Full Disclosure: The Wii U version of this game was provided to GameEnthus by the publisher.
Genre: Sci-fi narrative puzzle driven action adventure
Developer: Over The Moon Games
Publisher: Over The Moon Games
Platform(s): PC, Linux, Mac, Wii U
Price: $9.99

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Scale:
Worth a buy – paying full price for fans of the series or genre makes sense – often includes a caveat
Worth a buy on sale – not quite full price worthy but close, – often includes a caveat
No – borrow it if you must play it
Please no – Don’t waste any time and/or money on it