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Video Game Bonfire Peaks Review
Bonfire Peaks (2021) 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Bonfire Peaks 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.

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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.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Traversal game with Narrative and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: 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.

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.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although very young players may need more trial and error to work out how to solve some levels, there is no barrier to this approach. Generally the game needs logical thinking and resilience to continue trying on a level that seems impossible.

CostsCosts

Bonfire Peaks usually costs £14.99 to £16.75. 

Bonfire Peaks

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/09/2021

Price: 50% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Traversal (Narrative and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Grid

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)


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