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The Fall – Nintendo Switch Review May 15, 2018

Posted by Maniac in Reviews.
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In 2014, developer Over the Moon released The Fall for various console and computer platforms. I must admit, I regret missing out on playing it when it was initially released. A few months ago, Over the Moon released The Fall Part 2: Unbound on multiple platforms including the Nintendo Switch. The game’s trailer impressed me, but I was hesitant to give it a closer look without first looking into the original game. It seems the developers read my mind. Last week, Over the Moon and Nintendo have released The Fall on the Nintendo Switch and we are going to review it!

Editor’s Note: A digital copy of The Fall was provided to us by the publisher.

Art & Graphics

The first thing that grabs you about the game is just how it looks. The art style and the themes of the game are what really set it aside from other independent titles, because the game is beautifully dark. It’s art style harkens back to games like Limbo, but with a distinct sci-fi style. Fans of DOOM and Dead Space will just love it.

We did have one minor issue with the graphics which could be described as a problem with what was clearly an artist decision with how to present the game’s main menu. When you first launch the game, the menu appears distorted. This is to show the player that they’re playing from the perspective of a damaged machine. On the one hand it’s a great way to set an initial mood, on the other it can fool the player into thinking their Switch is broken! (Don’t worry, it’s not). We respect the artist’s decision to start the game this way, but it can be a little jarring on the Switch. When I booted up the game for the first time, I was legitimately concerned my screen was actually cracked. That is probably a testament to how good the artist’s ability to make a cracked screen is.

Gameplay & Controls

The Fall is a 2D adventure and exploration game. You move your character through the 2D environment, search for interactive points, and defend yourself with a sidearm when necessary. Players who loved Super Metroid will feel right at home with this kind of game, and I would not be surprised if the developers saw that game as an inspiration for The Fall. The player can move, jump, climb, and aim from the start of the game, and you’ll spend the majority of the first level getting used to the controls.

Once you get a working sidearm, a big portion of the game’s features unlock for the player, and the controls will adjust to accommodate your new abilities. You’ll need to get used to new features like firing your sidearm, taking cover, and cloaking quickly if you want to survive. When a new mechanic is added, the game will pause to give you a brief tutorial on the mechanic. The game will resume once you’ve mastered it.

The game also has a dialog system. Occasionally, you’ll find other characters in the game world you’ll be able to talk to. You’ll need to interact with these other characters using dialog boxes. This will help you learn more about the game’s world or give hints to solving puzzles.

Story

The story is heavily inspired by the work of Isaac Asimov and it explores concepts like duty and purpose for an artificial intelligence. Your directive is to save your pilot, and to do that you must seek medical attention for them on an unfamiliar world. However, the actions you will need to take to complete that directive will require you to bend the basic rules your creators programmed in you. It’s a simple premise that’s easy to empathize with.

Performance

The Fall can be played on the Nintendo Switch in either tablet or television mode. We spent the majority of review time playing the game in television mode. For the most part, the game runs well but we did notice a minor issue with it. When running in certain areas while the Switch is docked the game does not run completely smoothly. These dropped frames didn’t effect our enjoyment of the game. Heck, we had a similar issue when playing The Stick of Truth on the Xbox 360.

Conclusion

If you haven’t played The Fall the first time around, or you have already played the game and you absolutely love it, pick it up again on the Switch. It’s only $9.99 US, and well worth the cost. I never played the game when it originally came out, but I can tell you that playing it for the first time on the Switch made me very interested in checking out the sequel.

The Fall is out now for Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch.

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