A journey to restore lost hope and to guide forlorn souls on their final voyage, The Last Campfire is a lovely and captivating adventure, one which you will cherish for a long time. The game was developed and published by Hello games and released in 2020 for a multitude of platforms.
The Last Campfire is a puzzle based, adventure and you are Ember, a cute little creature who wakes up on a stranded boat with no recollection of where you are or what you are supposed to do. You pick yourself up, grab a satchel from a departed soul and solve your first puzzle which opens a door, allowing you to take your first steps into the unknown. The story is emotional and forces you to ask some questions about your own life’s journey, creating a resonance between yourself and little Ember.
The game is linear when it comes to main progression, but you can find yourself wandering towards hidden paths in your quest to save lost embers. The goal here is to be the guiding light for other lost souls like yourself in finding their lost hope and the purpose of this journey. Saving these souls will open up new areas for you to explore and allow you to progress further into your adventure. You have to solve interesting puzzles, which involve you being transported to inside the heart of the lost soul, to rescue them by reaching the cage trapping the flame of hope. Opening up the cage will trigger a cutscene where the flame flies towards your hand and then interacts with the lost soul, bringing back the soul back to life and restoring their hope.
The Last Campfire is so aesthetically pleasing, with its cute visuals and character designs, that you can’t help but find these lost souls the cutest beings ever. You meet a colourful cast of characters throughout your voyage, with their own quirks and stories to tell, making for an engaging experience. They also help you in various puzzles which you need to solve in order to progress and they provide you with insights with regards to your journey. The colour scheme is vibrant in places, then bleak in some areas and back to vibrant, this helps in making your playing experience more immersive as your mood resonates with the kind of setting you are in.
- Visually pleasing and a lovely ost
- Doesn’t overstays its welcome
- Good variety in puzzles
The Last Campfire is a brilliant experience which connected with me on an emotional level, and the journey of little ember, from a scared soul to a brave one, kept me engaged throughout the game. The visuals and the mellifluous sounds were the cherry on the top, which combined together to form an immersive experience, the likes of which I would love to experience again and again.
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Cover Image: Moby Games