The Flame in the Flood has always peaked my interest from when it came out on the Xbox One and for one reason or another, mainly due to time and other reviews needing to be done, this got pushed back and I never got round to getting a copy… Until now!
The premise to The Flame in the Flood is simple… Survival. That is all that you have to do within the game, try and survive.
The Flame and the Flood starts off by throwing you straight into the world, it doesn’t hold your hand with a tutorial world or anything like that, the game starts and you’re in it. There is a sort of tutorial element within the game to show you things like your inventory and what you can craft, but that’s it. There are pop ups within the world to show you how to do certain things and how to control your raft, but again that it. I’ve noticed lately that a lot of games are taking this route, and wanting gamers to try and figure more out for themselves. Which isn’t a bad thing, it means more of the game is going to be explored which at the end of the day is what developers want. They want there creation to be appreciated and not speed ran through to the end.
The game while not holding you by the hand for certain things, teaches the basics as you go mainly because there are always new elements that come into it.
There are things within the world which can put an effect status on you, such as rain causes you be cold and wet and this has an effect on the character, when the rain comes you have to find shelter and wait it out. This I didn’t realise at first and my character was soaking and had to wait for her to dry out.
When you get attacked by the wildlife within the game this can bring on a broken bones status, which was really clever, as when this happened to me, the character started using the stick she was carrying as a support. I love the finer little details like this.
When you get a status, it’s best to get it sorted as quick as posisble, mainly because of the consequences it can have. A fire or going under cover will sort the rain, and by the time I died, I didn’t actually manage to figure out how to fix my broken leg…. Which was caused by the Boar! No Bacon for me!
Finding food and water is again important as well having a good sleep. When I mentioned above about the game not taking any prisoners, this is where it does it. You can get water supplies from anywhere within the game, whether it be a puddle, lake, river, if it’s water, you can drink it. However, some of the water is contaminated. Which is only to be expected with the state of some of the places within the game, and drinking the contaminated water may consequences, such as poisoning. So if you do drink contaminated water, please make sure that you have the ingredients to craft something to stem the poisoning.
Crafting is a huge part of the game, it can save your life, it can get you the materials needed to increase your backpack size which only starts off at 15 and I had filled by the time I reached my first island, so an increase is a bit of a priority.
You progress through the game, by visiting islands which you get to by a raft. There are different islands available, some are just for rummaging, there are Marinas in which you can upgrade and repair your raft. As you’re floating down the river, you may knock into some debris that is within, which will cause damage to your raft, and this is where the marinas come into it.
The controls for the raft are easy to get the hang of, but you will find that depending on the current turning can be difficult, which again is good, as it wouldn’t be easy to turn in heavy currents. When your’re sailing down the river there are resources which you can loot to help you along. But you have to be quick though as you may end up sailing past it.
The graphics within the game are lovely and I love the design of it. The Flame in the Flood gave me a kind of Zelda: Windwaker feel to it, but the art work is stunning as well as the lighting used within the game. The menu within the game are nicely designed, they’re clear and have some nice use colours.
The game comes with 2 modes, one which is campaign and the other Endless mode. There isn’t really any difference in them, other than with the campaign there is an ending to it. Endless mode is simply try and survive for as long as you can.
I really enjoyed playing The Flame and the Flood, I loved the overall design and the survival elements that it brings. The game is unforgiving and if you don’t listen to the hints that are given with the crafting and food, you will get punished.