Flame in the Flood is a survival game available through Steam’s early access. At the moment, the game isn’t quite finished yet. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world. The world has been pretty much flooded. It is basically just you and your dog against the wilderness. Your primary goal is to survive as long as possible and get to the end of the river. You are equipped with a backpack, radio, and your dog is immortal. He alerts to you any danger and supplies. You can use the raft to get as far along the river as you can. Along the way, you can stop by islands. You can collect various items at each island to help you survive.
There are many things can kill you and many ways you can die in Flame in the Flood. You can die from dehydration, wolves, infection, food poisoning, broken bones, and so much more. I died from dehydration more than once. Unfortunately when you die you have to start the journey all over again. You can eat, and sleep in the game. There are plenty of islands to explore in the game along the river. You can also die while using the raft to float down the river. The rapids are pretty fast in the game and you can easily crash into a boulder and drown.
This game does show a lot of promise. I liked the open exploration aspect and that you could craft things to help you survive. While I like that it is a survival game and you are pretty much the only person left in the world, it still feels like the story could be further developed. It felt like something was lacking from the story.
The controls were fairly easy to use and there were tutorials along the way to help you figure out what the controls were. I liked that you didn’t have to guess what to do or what buttons to use.
I also liked the graphics of the game. The graphics are colorful, tie in with the wilderness theme quite well, hints of that there used to be a civilization, and the graphics give the game a light-hearted feel as well. You can interact with just about any object in the game which I liked. You really have to use strategy in order to survive. If you get caught in the rain and don’t have shelter, you have to find shelter. If your clothes get wet you have to find clothes. Nothing is just handed to you in the game which adds to the challenge and intrigue.
Replayability in The Flame of the Flood really depends on the person. If you die on day 2 you start all over and can try to survive longer than that. On the other hand, it is very easy to die in the game and starting all over again each time gets very annoying. It’s similar to playing games like Temple Run or Sonic Dash. You play over and over to see how long you can keep running but after a while it gets old. A good aspect about the game is that it is very user-friendly and anyone can just dive right in and play.
The Flame in the Flood isn’t a finished game yet and is still in beta. The game shows a lot of promise but what the game lacks for me at this point is a challenge. I found myself bored after a while because there just wasn’t enough challenges and objectives to keep me interested. You pretty much just survive as long as possible. Having to restart from the beginning over and over made me lose interest as well. I can’t wait to see what the finished product will be.
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