[Nintendo Switch] The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands Review
The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands from FredBear Games and Xigma Games has you building a settlement to save the land, starting it all with a bonfire. Learn more in our The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands review!
The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands from FredBear Games and Xigma Games has you building a settlement to save the land, starting it all with a bonfire. Something has gone terribly wrong, and you will need to invoke the might of the Titans to be able to defeat it. Once you arrive by boat to a snow-covered land, you’ll first need to gather wood to be able to light up the bonfire requested by the prophecy so that the lost souls can find their way and you can stand a chance. It offers a minimalist art style and an easy-to-understand gameplay loop that won’t feel overwhelming. The game started as a mobile phone experience, which makes sense given its overall pacing and gameplay mechanics.
You can take on this experience in Normal Mode, which offers the standard experience, or in Hardcore Mode, which adds permadeath to the equation. I suggest that you first play in Normal Mode so that you can learn all of the basics and get the hang of things, because if you go into Hardcore Mode right away, if you make too many mistakes, it’s game over, and you’ll have to start from the beginning. In Normal Mode, the game will autosave your progress every morning,
You will play through The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands by making choices with the left analog stick or the D-Pad and confirming them with the B button. You can change tabs with the L and R buttons and move the camera as needed with the right analog stick so that you can focus on the things that require your immediate attention. Once you select an action, your character will rush to complete it. Once done, they will await your next command. At first, you’ll be the only one working, but this will soon change. You can also play the game by using the touchscreen when playing in Portable or Tabletop Mode or if playing on a Nintendo Switch Lite.
After gathering enough wood, you’ll be able to change from the Actions tab to the Build tab, where you can use all of the wood you’ve obtained to start the bonfire. This bonfire can be seen from miles away, so it’s very important that it remains as bright as possible. Continue to gather wood, and you’ll eventually be able to craft a torch to be able to patrol during the night for the creatures that haunt the land. Defeat one, either with the main or with one of the guards, and you’ll be able to skin it, thus using it as a valuable resource.
Gathering wood and protecting the bonfire is all you’ll be able to take care of, but once you gather enough wood, you’ll get to build a farm that can produce food to feed workers. This is important because hungry workers are the worst type of workers to have! Once you have three people in your settlement, I suggest that you set one to work at the farm, another one to gather wood, and one to stand guard so that you’re at least partially safe. Once someone else arrives, consider setting a second guard since more creatures will come to the settlement, and they’ll be out for blood.
What’s the next step after building a farm? Building a workshop! Spend enough wood and food to build a workshop, and you’ll be able to craft additional items. Take, for example, the person you’ve set to work as a guard, who will sleep during the day and stay watch at night. If a creature attacks, it will need to defeat it with its bare hands, which is hardly ideal! But if you craft a wooden spear, it will be able to carry the torch with one hand and the spear with the other, considerably increasing its odds of surviving. You can build more things, such as a wooden bridge to safely explore the area East of the settlement so that you can then work on building an iron mine and a hut by the woods so that more workers can live in your village. What happens after this? You’ll have to play the game to find out!
Given its mobile roots, The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands is a game with a minimalist look, easy-to-understand gameplay mechanics, and a simple gameplay loop. It’s a game of the clicker variety, so you can play it either in short bursts or spend an hour and change trying to speed up the resource recollection process as you improve the equipment of your workers so that you can go dungeon crawling and find the magical items you need to unleash the Titan. The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands is out on Nintendo Switch with a $7.99 asking price.
This The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by FredBear Games.