A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Gameplay promotes helping others in challenging situations, and working hard to make their situations better.
Positive Role Models
Ember helps others overcome their fears -- and faces down their own -- while remaining compassionate.
Ease of Play
Some puzzles are especially challenging, but others can be solved quickly. All of them can be resolved with some thought.
Violence & Scariness
Moments with a snake in the later levels of the game could be intense for very young players, but otherwise, there's no violence shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Last Campfire is a puzzle game available for download on Apple Arcade. The gameplay encourages players to proceed at their own pace. While some puzzles are quite challenging, others are fairly easy, which strikes a balance between accessibility and frustration. There are some intense elements (a snake that appears in the last third of the game might intimidate some young players initially), but there are no other elements that would raise parental concerns.
Is It Any Good?
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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