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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 beautiful
    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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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 8, 2020
    91
    By the time I finished The Last Campfire, the sun was already popping up and I felt a strong sense of melancholy. I don’t often get moved by a video game from an emotional standpoint, but this was definitely one of those times. This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking journey that the industry needs more of.
  2. Jan 29, 2021
    90
    The Last Campfire is a beautifully told tale with a fantastic blend of smart puzzles and eye-catching art direction.
  3. 85
    I wanted to play The Last Campfire because I was curious what Hello Games could do with this type of game. What I found was a story I needed, and a game I didn’t want to put down. You’ll likely pull some of your own meaning out of The Last Campfire’s world and characters, but it is a meaning worth looking for. Beyond its narrative value is an excellently designed puzzle adventure that manipulates a few simple mechanics in an incredible variety of ways. The Switch version does have some performance issues and wasn’t without an odd glitch or two, but these were momentary setbacks in a wonderful journey. While the entirety of the Last Campfire only lasts around five hours, it is an adventure you’re unlikely to forget anytime soon.
  4. Sep 4, 2020
    80
    But when The Last Campfire captivates--which it does so often--it's difficult not to sink into its breezy pacing and satisfying puzzle-solving. It never overstays its welcome or stretches puzzle ideas beyond their limits, letting each one leave an impression despite their brevity. The Last Campfire's narrative contextualizes each of these with small anecdotes, letting your imagination fill in the blanks of its world between worlds to the backdrop of its colorful imagery. It's a consistently relaxing and pleasant experience.
  5. Sep 9, 2020
    80
    While The Last Campfire might not be bristling with new ideas for the genre, it packs more or less every kind of puzzle you could expect and embellishes the package with immerse charm and creative ingenuity.
  6. Sep 7, 2020
    80
    The Last Campfire might not be big, but it's clever in all the ways that matter, using its puzzles to represent relatable concerns and obstacles that, sometimes, need a little helping hand to overcome. It's a succinct, complete, so-called 'small' game that's actually got more substance to it than many narrative titles billed as brief experiences, and greater emotional depth than its artwork might suggest. It's a memorable adventure that will appeal to anyone who prefers a mental challenge to a physical one, and who cherishes the small things that make us all who we are, for better and worse.
  7. Sep 2, 2020
    67
    The Last Campfire gets lost in its good intentions. There’s a sense of shallowness, and overall it feels like a very simplistic adventure that, even if enjoyable, doesn’t seem offer anything special.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Aug 22, 2021
    10
    This was one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. The bed time story feel, to the animation and music all assisted in telling deepThis was one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. The bed time story feel, to the animation and music all assisted in telling deep story about hope, life and death which had me balling by the end. The game play itself is calm, there's no threats to your character and interesting puzzles to complete alonypur journey. This will be my favourite game and one I will recommend to everyone. Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2020
    9
    I bought this game for ten dollars and was not disappointed. The art style and narrative draws you in quickly and does not let go. The puzzlesI bought this game for ten dollars and was not disappointed. The art style and narrative draws you in quickly and does not let go. The puzzles were challenging enough but not too hard to the point you want to bash your head against the wall. My only complaint was that were frame rate drops during game play but nothing that hindered my game play. Loved it Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2020
    9
    Cozy hidden gem, a redemption for the developers. The voice acting is great and makes the game a great experience.
  4. Aug 29, 2020
    8
    The Last Campfire is a serene, unassuming game. It isn't groundbreaking, it isn't a herald of a new genre. However, all the things it does -The Last Campfire is a serene, unassuming game. It isn't groundbreaking, it isn't a herald of a new genre. However, all the things it does - it does them well.

    The Last Campfire is an exploration puzzle game. The story drives you between explorable areas, where you find items to advance the story, and stumble upon small puzzles reminiscent of Captain Toad or the shrines in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild: They are short, have a certain theme and are not extremely frustrating (apart from one or two).

    The story is sweet and characters are charming. The voice acting by the narrator (UK version) is extremely enjoyable. The animation is smooth although I have experienced several severe episodes of dropped frames and one crash while i was playing (Day 1 release).

    All the technical issues can cause some frustration to those who look for a smooth and uninterrupted experience. But all things considered, this is a very pleasant game and I would definitely recommend it to Indie lovers and those who enjoy spending time solving puzzles.

    8/10 for story, music, voice acting and style.
    Points deducted for hardware issues, length (6 hours total) and general lack of ingenuity,
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  5. Oct 13, 2020
    8
    Really like this game. Its a fun puzzler game with some exploration involved. No combat. Its got a pretty melancholy tone which I reallyReally like this game. Its a fun puzzler game with some exploration involved. No combat. Its got a pretty melancholy tone which I really liked and the narration through the game gives it a really storybook type vibe which really worked for it. It took me around 6 hrs to 100% it, but it was def worth the 15 I paid for it. There's a good variety of puzzles and environments to the game so I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a shorter budget experience. The game doesn't run super great on sift though, sometimes it freezes for a second or two while it loads, but nothing game breaking. Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2020
    7
    It’s surprising to know that Hello Games is still live and kicking following the whole No Man’s Sky fiasco, me personally I really had noIt’s surprising to know that Hello Games is still live and kicking following the whole No Man’s Sky fiasco, me personally I really had no issue with the game when it first came out but then again I never bought into the hype. While it is true that the game has seen major upgrades and revamps since then, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the initial failure collapse the small studio. But Hello Games have perceived and just released their latest title, a much more simple and heartfelt story in the Last Campfire.

    I say story as the game is entirely narrated like it was some sort of bedtime story. You play as Ember who can be charitably described as a tiny walking sock puppet finding themselves washed up in an area that has been described as a place between two others, if you are confused by that statement then you haven’t been playing the same amount of games focused on death as I have lately.

    Like, seriously why are soooo many games focusing on death lately.

    The narration used in the game help convey conversations as well as offer some mysterious insight to the world around you, where even a simple blocked path feels like a serious part of the story. The main goal is to essentially save Similiar sock puppets like yourself who have become “forlorned” in this mysterious place, these are done by entering little puzzles to receive the flame almost like mini versions of Breath of the World’s shrines.

    The puzzles themselves are fairly simple and otherwise harmless which is really what I can say to this game in general, there is no combat whatsoever with the closest thing to death being a hungry pig devouring a giant Venus fly trap plant. The main problem is that the game ends up feeling incredibly respective after a few hours, you arrive at a camp area where you meet a spirit informing me of my fellow travelling sock puppets who are now forlorned, you travel the area, finding the aforementioned sock puppets, finish puzzles that usually amount to “push it-pull it” puzzles and travel to the next area to do it again.

    Ok, it might be a bit unfair to label the game as repetitive. Each area does have its own unique style with some interesting characters to meet along the way and a few curve balls, but most of the time if you are not helping forlorns you are taken Item A to Person B or using your new powers that help you move bigger objects like blocks. However there also seem to be serious performance issues as I found the game would freeze for a second of two while loading up new areas, or just wandering around the world. There were also a few times I found myself getting stuck in areas with no ability to move, forcing me to close out of the game

    The Last Campfire is a simple yet heartfelt story that really anyone can pick up and play, by biggest gripe with it all is that it is far too short and would have really liked to have spent more time in the world with the game barely clocking in at 8 hours. The game is presented in an almost cartoony art style similar to games like Fe and the cel-shaded Legend of Zelda titles, with collectibles scattered around to find. It really is excellent seeing Hello Games learning some lessons from the debacle No Man’s Sky turned out to be, instead of hyping and promising the moon (18 quintillion moons if we are being honest) we instead get a quiet storytime while gazing at the stars.
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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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