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Bonfire Peaks Review

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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Bonfire Peaks is a puzzle game where you explore a Minecraft-looking world. Unlike the generalised blocks of that game, here the landscape is lovingly crafted and pulsing with life. It's a tightly designed puzzle game about closure, that invites you to help the protagonist dispose of his belongings by getting the box to the fire.

It's unusual from the start with the simple instruction to "Burn Your Belongings" setting not only the puzzle-solving mechanic but the tone and theme of the game. Each stage continues this challenge, although offering more boxes and trickier scenarios. It's Sokoban rendered in isometric form.

Between stages you explore a world by placing the blocks you unlock in each level. As you progress the boxes in each puzzle offer new interactions. Some crumble, some flow along water, some you must work with in multiple angles. At times it will seem a level is unsolvable or broken, but perseverance (and the occasional YouTube video if you need it) always reveals a way forward.

Although some puzzles are really tough, the game is kind about its challenge. Along with a lot of variety you can always rewind moves and you don't actually have to finish them all if you get stuck on one in particular. As Josh Seybert put it, "The amazing thing about Bonfire Peaks is that the puzzles are impossible to solve until all of a sudden they aren’t and you are suddenly the smartest person alive."

The result is a wordless story about a downcast man who has found it necessary to burn everything he owns. With soothing music and a melancholic mood, there's a strange celebration of hitting bottom and burning everything down together.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Genres: Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete. Duration will vary based on how quick you are on the puzzles and whether you want to complete every level. It may take up to 50 hours to complete everything.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Bonfire Peaks usually costs £14.99 to £15.09.
 

Bonfire Peaks

PlayStation Store PS5 £14.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £14.99
Switch Store Switch £15.09
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it features mild violence towards human-like characters. (Was originally rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.) The majority of the puzzles do not involve violence. However, there are some cases where the player’s character must avoid traps. In one case, the player’s character may trigger a trap that shoots arrows. If the arrows are not avoided, the arrows can go through the character’s chest, causing a small pixelated blood splatter. The pixelated visual style, and the distance from which the act is shown, diminishes the impact of the violence, which is non-realistic in style.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can get into a stuck state in puzzles but you can always retry.

You can view control mappings on PC/Mac but not on console yet.

Holding down the undo button speeds up undoing but isn't required.
 
Our Bonfire Peaks Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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