This game is rated PEGI 16
Our review includes potentially triggering words:
Drug, Mental Health and Nudity.
Ignore All Content Warnings
Posted: 21 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.
While many games put you in powerful positions, Firewatch is about powerlessness and empathy. "Somethings we can't stop from happening," one of the characters says in the game. It's a theme that applies to the watchful role of the forest lookouts as well as our main character's relationship with his mentally ill wife.
The game is beautiful to look at and explore. It captures what it's like to be a forest lookout in real life. This is paired with fully voiced story (including a role for Rich Sommer of Mad Man fame). It creates what could be seen as an interactive movie, but the participatory nature of the game makes it stand apart from other media in a way that needs to be experienced first hand to fully appreciate.
View our choice of games like Firewatch. This game is good if you want to:
- Play BAFTA nominated games
- Harm no living thing
- Broaden your gaming diet
- Escape life's storms for a while
- Practice photography
- Play games not needing fine motor control
- Muse on deep topics
- Play summery games
- Solve a mystery
- Process loss
- Understand loneliness
- Hear characters make choices
- Play your first video game
This game was rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of strong language and scenes of sexual nudity. It is not suitable for persons under 16 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Strong language is heard throughout and includes the word ‘*!@?*’ and its derivatives. Nudity occurs in Henry’s journal, there are two sketches of him drawn by his wife. In both he is fully naked while posing.
ESRB rated this MATURE 17+ with Suggestive Themes, Nudity, Drug and Alcohol Reference and Strong Language.
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 16+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
Our Firewatch Accessibility Report details 23 accessibility features:
Our experts have hand-picked the following similar games for you. These offer a similar way to play to Firewatch or are games with a similar theme or topic. These are good alternative games to Firewatch, or are a younger rated alternative for players not ready for PEGI 16 or ESRB MATURE 17+ games.
Thank you for using our resource, supported by AskAboutGames, ParentZone and PlayAbility Initiative. We are editorially independent, written by parents for parents, but welcome sponsorship, partnership and suggestions. Email our editor for details on these opportunities.
The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.