Bonfire Peaks Reviews
Throughout the summer of 2021, I was desperate for the quiet autumn nights. Wrapped up in my newest blanket addition, with a pumpkin spice candle glistening on the mantlepiece, was all a gal could dream of.
Bonfire Peaks is a stunning game that I feel will attract many for its aesthetic alone. A large portion of those will stay for the gameplay, but I can fully relate to players who become frustrated with the movement controls and difficulty spike later on. Aside from the gameplay grumps, the world in which Corey Martin has created tells an isolated yet beautiful tale of a man looking for closure by burning his things, and I am glad I got to experience this.
While the puzzling itself racks your brain adequately, if frustratingly, the real pull of Bonfire Peaks is its ability to make you feel personal nostalgia through mementos—the memories that shaped you, both happy and sad. Topping it off with pleasant voxel pixel art and a rousing soundtrack, the game offers a distinctly unique experience.
Bonfire Peaks tries a little too hard to make relatively simple concepts seem deep and meaningful. The narrative of the unknown man is too laconic to be engaging in the long run. The gameplay, while delivering brilliant moments of discovery and achievement, is too repetitive. The two only connect in a meaningful way because of their lack of complexity.
Bonfire Peaks has you burning memories in a tricky puzzler that has real heart and soul at its molten core.
Burn it. Burn it all! Your belongings, that is. New puzzler Bonfire Peaks sees you navigating dozens of levels to reduce your possessions to ash. Don’t let the eye-catching voxel art deceive you, though: this is one rock-hard game.
An atmospheric world with deep, absorbing puzzles, Bonfire Peaks is thoughtful and charming-but without establishing its tricks, it risks leaving less fluent puzzlers behind.
Even if the controls sometimes just make you wanna scream, Bonfire Peaks is a nice and small puzzle game worth playing. Its compact diorama levels are brilliantly engineered, using small spaces to test the player's cleverness. Voxel graphics, more that just being nostalgic, help the game in recreating the right atmosphere of old adventure games like the original Tomb Raider.
Review in Italian | Read full review
A puzzle game whose quality is matched by its challenge. But Bonfire Peaks also deserves not to remain a niche rarity for fans of these games, its way of introducing the player to its world, its simple and intuitive control, the learning curve and how satisfying it is, is something open to people. You will solve in a few steps that damn puzzle that made you retire the day before frustrated, I assure you.
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Move onwards, move upwards and leave nothing behind in Bonfire Peaks. A game about burning your belonging’s and starting afresh in the process of liberating yourself from your past. Bonfire Peaks is a great game for long or short play sessions.
I appreciate what Bonfire Peaks sets out to do as it does it very well. The puzzles are the right blend of head-scratching, chance, and skill, and for a game that ultimately is about stacking crates, there is a soul and essence here that makes the game feel much more interesting than its premise makes it appear. No doubt, it won’t be for everyone, and many might even find themselves switching off early on, but if you allow yourself the time to get truly sucked into the world, its varying mechanics really add dynamism to the puzzle-solving and you may come out the other side invested in ways you would never have expected.
Gentle storytelling and challenging puzzles on an island of intrigue.
A deeply thoughtful, eminently accessible and cleverly crafted bite-sized puzzler, Bonfire Peaks has more subtle emotion, charm and smile-cracking ingenuity than most of the games that have released this year. If you want to hone your logical senses and embolden your spirit concurrently then Bonfire Peaks is certainly one summit worth conquering.
After enjoying it for hours, Bonfire Peaks is easily one my favourite practical puzzle games of all time. From its distinctly presented world to its unconventional premise and its wealth of tricky puzzles to its variety of mechanics; it has everything you'd want from the genre.