Parents' Guide to

The Last Campfire

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Utterly charming, brilliantly made puzzle game.

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While it's technically a puzzle game, a bigger emphasis is the large amount of charm found in the gameplay. The Last Campfire focuses as much (or more ) on the story as the game and it's better for it. Ember is an empathetic, engaging protagonist who you quickly find yourself rooting for and the game's challenges never seem unfair. There's a near perfect blend of easy and challenging situations to overcome to keep you moving forward -- such as lighting vines to clear paths, or uncovering switches to move platforms -- and there's never any time pressure or penalty for the player. Plus, the story's focus on helping others, especially people that were having trouble or couldn't succeed at a task, is just a positive value for players to experience.

On top of all of that, the game's beautiful to look at. You'll explore a variety of worlds and meet visually captivating creatures as you progress through the game. Perhaps best of all, the game shows the value of keeping hope alive in the darkest of times -- and how positive an impact that can have on the lives of you and people around you. It's a feel good game that's never cheesy - and it doesn't overstay its welcome, lasting just long enough to leave you satisfied, but wishing it went on just a bit longer.

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