The Flame in the Flood review round up

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The very first time I played The Flame in the Flood, I died miserably. Then I started up a new game, and met a sticky end yet again. It took me seeing the light at the end of the tunnel several times before I really figured what the hell I was doing, but despite the difficulty, I really enjoyed my time with the roguelike survival title.

Now, you can try it out yourself. The Flame in the Flood is out, and ready to kick your ass repeatedly! I quite liked it, but what did other critics think? Let’s take a look…

Gameinformer – 9/10

The Flame in the Flood has a beautiful aesthetic and a strong structure, welcoming a larger audience with its accessibility options. The trip down the river is a rocky, dangerous one, but there are rich treasures and exciting tales waiting to be discovered by those brave enough to take the journey.

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Gamespot – 8/10

The Flame in the Flood encourages you to put long-term goals aside and live in the moment, to make choices and overcome short-term problems with risky but satisfying spontaneity. Despite the awkward menu system, it’s an absorbing game that lets you experience a journey in the present, and fully appreciate the sights, sounds, and joys of floating down the river in its alluring world.

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Destructoid – 7.5/10

The post-societal visuals of crumbling buildings, broken-down cars drifting along the flooded river, and menacing wildlife lurking in the distance, paired with an excellent folk rock soundtrack featuring Chuck Ragan, creates a unique atmosphere of exploring a desolate frontier. It’s easy to become absorbed in this world and end up spending much more time on this treacherous river than you initially intended. That is, until it swiftly kills you without remorse. It seems mother nature is a cruel mistress indeed.

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Videogamer – 8/10

You get to have a different survival story every time, in a lovely setting, whilst discovering hints of civilisation in the emptiness – feral children who share arrows with you, the distant radio signal that is your first objective, fires that are lit before you arrived. What’s not to enjoy? Just watch out for the fucking wolves, obviously.

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PC Gamer – 70/100

Bugs aside, I enjoyed a great deal of The Flame in the Flood. It’s full of beautiful art and sound design, the survival is fun and challenging, and the world is both somber and colorful. I only wish the rafting controls were better. When wolves slaughter me, I blame myself for not being careful enough, but no amount of caution on the river seems to save me.

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Lazygamer – 7.8/10

On the surface, it appears to be a charming, survival title. That’s merely a ruse, as The Flame in the Flood is ruthless in difficulty, at least for the first few hours. Overall, it’s a great, enjoyable game, though the experience can wear a little thin after a while.

Looks like pretty solid scores all around. If you’re a fan of the genre, I can happily recommend The Flame in the Flood. Just be prepared to suffer… a lot. Honestly though, that trip down the seemingly endless river is well worth the effort!

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Last Updated: February 25, 2016

Matthew Figueira

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  • Pieter Kruger

    Is it out on Xbox One?

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      They wanted to release, but did a 180

      • Hammersteyn

        It’s on GOG.com, might get it there next month

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          You can buy it for me for my anniversary next month

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          You can buy it for me for my anniversary next month

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Seeing as I’m picking up slack for you 😛

          • miaau

            your friends get you gifts for your, presumably, birthday? Hmm. nice concept. Wonder how to get that started.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Nope, 8th wedding anniversary

    • hairyknees

      It should be if I’m not mistaken 🙂

      • We wouldn’t be surprised if you were *RUNS

    • Cole Train

      Yes

  • DragonSpirit009

    This actually looks fun… not so easy but fun!

    • Cole Train

      It is a fantastic game…played last night for over 4 hours.

  • Mmmm didn’t even know this game existed, probably wait and see a bit more gameplay before I plunge.

  • Cole Train

    Played on Xbox one 4 hours last night. couldnt stop. Game is spectacular for $20. Something totally different and extremely well done.

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