The Fall is a dark, action platformer based on the unison of atmosphere, adventure and exploration. Over The Moon, the developer behind The Fall, is running a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to bring its Indie game to as many platforms as possible, Linux included. So far, Over The Moon has collected sufficient funds for PC / Mac / WII U releases, and is quickly nearing its goal to bring the game to Linux. John Warner, the lead developer, is a veteran in game development, and has recently gone Indie after working on such titles as Company of Heroes and God of War 2.
The Fall is a story about ARID, a virtual intelligence integrated into an armoured combat suit, who’s activated when the human pilot inside the suit is rendered unconscious. ARID awakes in a half-initialized state, with very little control over the suit and its functions. Somehow however, it must find a way to help its human pilot, even though it can barely help its self.
Gameplay in The Fall is a combination of exploration and combat. Most of the game has players exploring the world’s mysterious environments, picking up and using items, and solving puzzles in a more traditional adventure-gaming style. The Fall allows for this level of interaction by using the player’s flashlight to explore and interact with the environment.
The Fall’s Kickstarter campaign has so far garnered nearly CAD $21,000, and is only CAD $8,000 away from realizing the Linux goal. Enthusiasts and well-wishers can back the project by pledging as little as CAD $5 to as much as CAD $1,000 or more (the latter contribution entitling the backer to a place in credits as “Associate Producer”).
Aside: Talking about games, it seems the much anticipated SteamBox is just around the corner. Steam has a new page, Living Room, that has a count down, a picture of a game controller, and a message “The Steam Universe is Expanding in 2014.”