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Fire
Developed by: Daedalic Entertainment
Published by: EuroVideo Medien
Release Date: April 9, 2015
Available on: PC, Mac, Steam OS
Genre: Adventure
Number of Players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $9.99

Thank you Daedalic Entertainment for sending us this game to review!

FIre is a colorful  2D adventure style game where the player takes the role of Ungh, a caveman who has been banished by the village elder for letting their fire die out.  To earn his way back into the village, Ungh sets out to find some fire to bring back.  Right outside of the village, there is a tree that produces hallucinogenic fruit that Ungh eats.  He is given a vision on where to find fire and fireflies will be his guide there.  The only problem is that these fireflies need to be rescued and freed to unlock the next area.

In total there are ten hand drawn levels that vary in their design and complexity of the puzzles.  To retrieve some fire, Ungh must travel through the jungle,  arctic,  and through time and space.  Why he just doesn't come back with a grill lighter is beyond me.   The time and space travel doesn't come until the end of the adventure anyway so it really doesn't matter.

Highlights:

Strong Points: Cute and fun adventure game
Weak Points: Short game; crashed to my desktop a couple of times
Moral Warnings: Cartoon violence; drug references;  potty humor

The puzzles are sometimes challenging and others are relatively simple to solve.  Objects that can be interacted with can be shown by middle clicking, or by watching the mouse pointer glow orange when hovering over them.  One  of the easier puzzles involves grabbing a bone and throwing it at a tree to collect the fruit from it.  Other riddles are more difficult and involve some potty humor.  Ungh is required to transform into a bee to pollinate some flowers and one of them is guarded by a frog-like creature.  In order to get rid of the frog, Ungh must first dislodge a cork from a tree and insert it into the frog's rectum so it explodes when eating him in his bee form.  If a solution like that doesn't come naturally for you, there are walkthroughs available online.

Fire
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 74%
Gameplay - 15/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 3/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 91%
Violence - 8/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 7.5/10

With the help of a guide, Fire can be easily beaten in a couple of hours.  Sadly, some technical glitches made my gaming experience a little bit longer.   For example, I found out the hard way that what I assumed to be the dual monitor menu option crashed my game to the desktop instead.  Twice.  Maybe it didn't like my video recording software or perhaps it did something completely different.  There is no text in this game at all so the interface isn't as intuitive as it could be.  (It does have nice background music and sound effects though!)  Fire does not alt tab very well and while I was able to resume it often, it did sometimes crash to my desktop when it lost focus.  My final complaint is that there is no quick saving.   Fire will only save at the beginning of an area and if you have to leave the game and come back, any progress you made in it will be lost.  

Other than those slight nitpicks, my experience with Fire has been a positive one.  While the gameplay is short, each level has three coins to collect and a player can go back and locate the hidden coins they missed.  By doing so,  they can potentially unlock some of the twenty-seven available Steam achievements.  Cloud saves and Steam trading cards are offered as well.

Fire has been as low as $4.99 on sale and the regular price is $9.99.  Because of the short amount of gameplay I recommend holding out for a sale.  Adventure gamers should definitely keep eye on this title though!  This game can be enjoyed by anyone that doesn't mind some mild drug references and potty humor.  

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Cheryl Gress

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