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  • Summary: DISCOVER A PURPOSE

    The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home. ON A JOURNEY Travel deeper into the lands beyond the dark forest and overcome the adversities before you. UNCOVER A WORLD Discover
    DISCOVER A PURPOSE

    The Last Campfire is an adventure, a story of a lost ember trapped in a puzzling place, searching for meaning and a way home.

    ON A JOURNEY
    Travel deeper into the lands beyond the dark forest and overcome the adversities before you.

    UNCOVER A WORLD
    Discover beautiful wilderness filled with lost folk, strange creatures and mysterious ruins.

    LIGHT THE LAST CAMPFIRE
    Find hope and carry it with you on your Journey to light The Last Campfire.

    FROM A SMALL STUDIO
    A unique tale from Hello Games and the creative minds behind LostWinds.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 29, 2021
    90
    The Last Campfire is a beautifully told tale with a fantastic blend of smart puzzles and eye-catching art direction.
  2. 90
    Warm, direct and with simple, hassle-free gameplay The Last Campfire is a breath of fresh air. It will not take too much of your time, it will respect your intelligence and overall is just a rewarding and fun gameplay experience. In a world of heavy, AAA titles, games as service titles and bloated RPGs, The Last Campfire is a beacon of hope that small, wonderful, single-player experiences will carry on. Well done Hello games, I loved it.
  3. Sep 3, 2020
    80
    The Last Campfire teaches us that a flame can be rekindled and that we should not be let down by difficulties encountered throughout our lives. What a pity that the technique does not always follow… without these little clashes, The Last Campfire would come close to perfection in its category.
  4. Sep 8, 2020
    80
    An adorable and gorgeously designed puzzle game that, despite minor technical issues is a joy to play.
  5. Aug 31, 2020
    70
    It appears content to recycle the same sort of brain teasers we've been solving for years now, but it does so in such a chill manner that maybe it doesn't matter quite as much as usual. Your puzzling capabilities will be tested the more you progress, although tranquillity always remains at the heart of the experience.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 15, 2020
    70
    Acquiring the lanthorn provides more of a twist as this enchanted instrument can move around more objects, such as a snakey platform beneath your feet or blocks triple your size. It’s this kind of magic that adds to this enchanting little world very much inspired by a bedtime storybook. And if all that doesn’t tap into your inner child, a section featuring slides certainly will. [Issue#181, p.86]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Dec 30, 2020
    10
    I would not give a 10 lightly, but The Last Campfire was my Game of the Year for 2020. It's like playing a beautiful, sad, playful children'sI would not give a 10 lightly, but The Last Campfire was my Game of the Year for 2020. It's like playing a beautiful, sad, playful children's book, narrated by a Scottish girl with a wonderful voice. It has a lot of interesting puzzles, some of which are very challenging. I was blown away by the artwork and design, and the world it's set in, and the way it weaves a pervasive sense of melancholy into everything. Truly, one of the best, and most moving, experiences I have ever had playing a game. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2022
    10
    Absolutely beautiful game from start to finish. Wonderful soundtrack. Fun puzzles. Heartwarming story and narration. This game deserves a wayAbsolutely beautiful game from start to finish. Wonderful soundtrack. Fun puzzles. Heartwarming story and narration. This game deserves a way higher User Score so I’m balancing it out. 9/10. Thanks to the developers for this fun, cute title. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2020
    9
    This title, to me, belongs directly to the same family of Journey and Gris. While the overall design might not be incredibly original, theThis title, to me, belongs directly to the same family of Journey and Gris. While the overall design might not be incredibly original, the flow of the adventure, the rhythm between exploration and puzzles and the narrative themes touched by this story, make The Last Campfire as one of those little gems out there in the videogame world. Expand
  4. Aug 8, 2021
    9
    I bought it expecting to have some brain melting puzzles but instead I got some very light puzzling with an extremely adorable world filledI bought it expecting to have some brain melting puzzles but instead I got some very light puzzling with an extremely adorable world filled with love and care accompanied by a small story that somehow made me burst out in tears at the end... the only game that had this effect on me.
    The puzzles, just like said before, are relatively easy, though they get harder by the end of the game. Still, even the hardest ones can be done under minutes, yet they are fun to breeze through.
    Its length was perfect for me (6 hours), I hate grinding through 80-hour campaigns with the same repetitive content over and over again. In this game, they perfectly captured how a game should be varied. Instead of focusing on lengthening the gameplay they focused on putting in all the love they had. It does not invent anything new but it keeps its mechanics fresh through the whole game by keeping them in perfect balance.
    Unfortunately, there are some technical issues. Touching a lost soul is essentially a "load level" function that leads to sudden freezes so you never get a fluid animation. If you stop between the areas at the right position you could think that the screen turned black to change to the next area but in reality you just stopped in the gate. Just keep pushing through for another quarter of a second. Finally, there are some items that you can clip through.
    And one design problem: if you interact with a character and then interact with them again you can't skip the dialogue. Most characters have only 1 or 2 lines so it's not a big deal but it can be frustrating when you happen to do it with a 10-15 line dialogue.
    Overall, with its charm it easily landed on my top games list, to be found between the great ones, like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 1+2. It's not on the same technical level but it hit home so hard that it really deserves its place on the podium. A true hidden gem.
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  5. Sep 13, 2020
    8
    I felt like I was playing a game primarily for phones/tablets, but the puzzles were good over time, so considering that the game has a smallerI felt like I was playing a game primarily for phones/tablets, but the puzzles were good over time, so considering that the game has a smaller price tag, a rating of 8/10 is fair. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2021
    8
    The Last Campfire excels at what it is, a chill puzzle game with a lot of heart. There are no stakes here. The player character never fightsThe Last Campfire excels at what it is, a chill puzzle game with a lot of heart. There are no stakes here. The player character never fights and never dies. The puzzles start off easy and grow in complexity but never so much that they cannot be solved with brute force. (What if I place this block here, how about here, and now how about here!) The point of the game is to take a magical post existence journey with a lot of colorful characters and a gentle narrator.

    Some will bring up the value per hour argument for games. I brush those concerns aside, mostly because I bought the game for 1/2 price (as I often do) but also because quality is more important to me than quantity. During my 6 hour playthrough, I enjoyed every hand made level and every puzzle. Pieces have a nice sound to them as you slid them around. I can understand an argument that the puzzles should be harder. The game, though, really wants you to finish it. You even get a platinum trophy for your efforts. Indeed, 51% of players have the trophy for completing the game, some of the highest completion stats I have ever seen. Variety is good. Chill games are good. Short games are good. If you are like me, you might easily spend 6 hours working on a platinum trophy or collecting gems to raise your attack by 5%. Think about what you have just done with your precious time here on earth. Maybe you could spend that time playing an entire other game instead. The Last Campfire can be that game.

    All-in-all, I recommend The Last Campfire. This is the kind of game that makes me question the devotion to bloated, open world AAA games and microtransaction driven games-as-a-service. How much more would you enjoy your free time if you spent on hand made little experiences like The Last Campfire. What if a game is really just exploring someone's imagination? Whose imagine would you pay to explore?
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  7. Sep 20, 2020
    0
    Amazing! Great and nice graphics and stylization. Good puzzle game that is not so difficult but sometimes neither easy!

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