[PS4] The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition Review
It’s just you and your dog flowing down a river. Many dangers lurk down this liquid highway. Can you survive and make it to the end of the river? Come read our The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition review to learn more about this survival game on PS4!
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition is a wilderness survival game in which a girl and her dog travel on foot and by raft down a procedurally-generated river. Scrounge for resources, craft tools, remedy afflictions, evade the vicious wildlife and, most importantly, stay healthy in a dangerous wilderness. This Complete Edition includes various gameplay enhancements and a Directorâ€™s Commentary mode.
The Flame in the Flood also features an original soundtrack by acclaimed Alt-Country rocker Chuck Ragan featuring The Camaraderie, The Fearless Kin and other special guests.
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition | Launch trailer | PS4
This is a double review forThe Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition by the_nmac and EdEN. This review represents what both had to say.
The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition comes from Curve Digital known for bringing some really unique and niche titles to consoles. I’m glad this one migrated over from the PC to PS4 since I had heard good things about it. It’s a different take on the survival genre with your character and her faithful pup floating down a river to hopefully find safety in this dangerous and ever-changing world.
The game starts you off with you and your dog as you scavange some initial supplies before embarking on a journey down the river. Right away the game gives you a good taste of what to expect during your adventure. The game gives quickly you some quick tutorial pop-ups letting you know how to play and giving and letting you know about some of the intricate systems in the game including crafting and the menus.
At that point, once you finish exploring the initial area you are going to board your raft and head down the river. The river is procedurally generated so every time you head down it will be a different experience. While you may not think that matters much it actually will since the game is one of those with Permadeath – death means death and you need to start all over again.
The game basically has two major parts of gameplay: on foot scavenging and steering your raft down the river. As you float down the river you need to steer your raft and avoid taking damage from crashing into things. As you play you alter your raft making it more solid for the trip.
You will see docking points as you move down the river and you should use them to dock and explore on foot with your dog. This is where you will scavenge for supplies with your dog and craft things you will need to stay alive. As it is a survival game you need to make sure you fed, drink, keep warm and sleep. This is your goal as you get down the river and survive. Thankfully these items are not hard if you do your job properly crafting along the way. You will also need to evade the dangerous wildlife on the river and maybe at times kill them to keep yourself fed.
The Flame in the Flood was a project taken to Kickstarter by The Molasses Flood back in 2014. It managed to secure over $250,000 in funding, hitting its main goal and some stretch goals for localization, raft customization, and an endless mode. It missed its PlayStation 4 stretch goal, but now thanks to Curve Digital it has made its way to the PlayStation 4.
Before you embark on your journey you’ll be able to select between two difficulty settings. Traveler is for new players who don’t want to be overwhelmed during their first experience with a survival roguelike game. For this one you’ll have access to checkpoints and be able to find lots of supplies. And then we have Survivalist which is for experienced players since it gets rids of checkpoints, there’s less supplies and your stats will diminish faster than if playing on Traveler.
As you find new supplies you’ll be able to combine them to craft new items. There’s 69 items in total, and you can make things such as ash cake which takes two corn supplies to make an edible dry cake – you’ll also need a fire to cook it. There’s plenty of things to craft so be sure to create new things as soon as you can so that you can increase your odds of survival.
If you want to survive you’ll need to keep an eye on your stats: hunger, thirst, temperature and rest. You’ll need to be careful as you balance your time scavenging for supplies and crafting items you can consume to stay healthy. If you’re thirsty, then you drink water and you’re all set, right? Wrong! You can’t just drink water as is. You’ll first need to use a jar to gather water from the rain, wells, puddles or the river. But this water might be polluted, so you’ll need to craft a water filter to make it better.
The game’s art style is very interesting. It’s colorful, minimal and somber, all at the same time. It certainly makes the game pop and it makes it a very charming and endearing release. I spent several hours with the game and never got tired of its art direction, so the team certainly made the right decision.
I also wanted to mention that this PS4 version of the game includes all updates made to the game post-launch on PC, so you’re getting the most up-to-date version. On top of this, there’s avatars, a dynamic theme and, most importantly (at least in my opinion), a director’s commentary that will give you a glimpse of all the work that went into creating this game.
We both really liked The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition. It is a great take on the survival genre with a very charming and unique art style. With the procedurally generated river, every trip you take be different, thus offering a ton of replay value. The crafting system works really well and isn’t as obtuse as in other entries in the genre. We definitely recommend that you play The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition on PS4!
[review pros=”Procedurally generated worlds
Great art style
Crafting system works well” cons=”Permadeath (if your not into that thing)” score=85]