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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Last Updated: February 25, 2016