The Flame in the Flood

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The Flame in the Flood is a roguelike survival adventure video game developed by The Molasses Flood. The game was developed for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Xbox One. A PlayStation 4 version was released on January 17, 2017. A Nintendo Switch version was released on October 12, 2017.

The soundtrack for the game was made by Chuck Ragan and after completing the game I missed songs the most (YouTube OST availability FTW). At first the game got me to play it eagerly, but after about 20 miles I was a bit fed up so I quit just to replay it half year later. One of the things I didn't like was inventory and crafting which should have been displayed better with better categorization or "search by ingredient" option so you don't waste your precious materials on something not so important. There should also have been more NPCs, because what you see in the trailer is what you get in the game. All in all, it's a nice survival game to enjoy for fifteen-ish hours.PGC

The player must try to survive a river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America.

 

Gameplay

The player character is a young girl referred to as Scout. Her companion is a dog called Aesop by default, but the player can choose for the dog to be named Daisy, who can sense danger and fetch supplies. Scout uses a raft to traverse a large river, the result of an apocalyptic flood which has turned the land into a series of islands. The player must pay attention to Scout's needs such as her energy, thirst, hunger, and warmth, and not paying attention to them can result in death. Like other roguelikes, death is permanent, although the player can restart at predetermined checkpoints along the river.

Players will need to scavenge areas for valuable items, and there is a crafting system allowing the player to create new items such as insulated clothing to protect them from the cold, weapons and traps to fend from wildlife. Factors such as the weather impact the gameplay.

 

Media

  • Release Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2016
  • Genre: Adventure, Roguelike, Survival
  • Platform: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac OS, Nintendo Switch
  • Mode: Single-player