You are a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords. In this RPG where every choice counts, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the beast within and rejecting its demonic influence.
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Release Date: May 8, 2014

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You are a mercenary possessed by a flame demon in a desperate world ravaged by seven Ice Lords and their Dead-Army.

In this RPG where all your choices lead to consequences, you will have to choose between unleashing the powers of the beast within and rejecting the demonic influence that wants to claim your humanity.

Freely develop your abilities and combat style through three skill trees: swing the heavy weapons of the Fighter, wield the sneaky dual daggers of the Ranger, or use the devastating flame spells of the Pyromancer.

Recruit companions who will live, love, hate and fight alongside you against the dreadful creatures of Vertiel, in real-time epic battles based on tactics and reaction.

The bigger the danger, the greater the temptation to draw on the demon’s power at the cost of your soul… which way will YOU choose?

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • OS: UBUNTU 12.04 LTS/SteamOS
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Imagine this: the entire world of Thedas/Vertiel is in chaos. A powerful force of evil sweeps the land, destroying all in its wake. The source of this evil? The Blight/Ice Lords. You are a plucky adventurer who goes only by her last name, Shepard/Hawke/Vulcan, and you are working with the remaining Grey Wardens/Red Scribes to push back the Blight/Ice Lords and save the world. ♥♥♥♥ happens! You assemble a team of friends to help you out. They include the adorably naïve and eager scholar Liara/Sybil and the scantily-clad and sharp-tongued sorceress Morrigan/Edwen. And who could forget Thane/Randval, who tragically lost his family and is looking to go out with a bang by helping you save the day?
More ♥♥♥♥ happens! You bring the immeasurably important Arl Eamon/Prince Arandil back from the brink of death so that he can assist in the war effort. It is revealed that Morrigan/Edwen is tagging along for her own sketchy, witchy purposes – and if you don’t go along with them, she deserts you. You venture into the Fade/Worldheart, which is the source of all magic in the land. You make moral choices that make you look human or creepy and glow-y, and if you play your cards right you get to make out with one of your new friends. Hmm, is anyone else getting the strongest case of deja-vu?
Listen. I’m not saying that Bioware was the first to trot out the elements that I listed above, because obviously some of them are sci-fi and fantasy staples. However, mash together enough plot, setting and character types that happen to exist in extremely popular Bioware titles and package them in a story-driven RPG video game with a quirky adventuring team, choice-based elements, romance and a morality system and yeah, I’m going to go so far as to call Bound By Flame a Bioware knockoff.
Here’s the thing that sucks, though. Bound By Flame is like Bioware without all of the heart. It lacks the lore and the world-building, the depth and lovability of the companion characters, the PC customization, the choices that actually mean something. It offers absolutely nothing that Bioware hasn’t already done with infinitely more thought and grace. I may be able to make Thane and Randval sound the same on paper, but I actually give a ♥♥♥♥ about Thane at the end of the day. We see him engaged in a beautifully-written struggle to come to terms with the end of his life, his sense of morality and his relationship with his son. My interest in Randval does not extend beyond wanting to know why the ♥♥♥♥ he talks in the third person all the time. (While I'm on the subject of sad Russian man bun FenrisThane, how the ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥ did I end up romancing him?? I didn't flirt with him. The only thing I did was take him with me for the Concubine battles, but that's because I had developed the nuanced tactic of letting enemies wail on him while I backstabbed them, not because I thought he was dreamy!!!!!!!!)

But Charlotte! you say. Why did you reccomend this game if it is a tacky husk of much better games? Are there any good things about this game? Well, my friend, in spite of how objectively awful and unoriginal it is - and probably partially because of how objectively awful and unoriginal it is- I really, really had a lot of fun playing it. The combat is surprisingly fluid and engaging and some of the enemy designs were really cool. Maybe I'm in Bioware withdrawal and I just needed something to scratch that itch but I’ll be damned if I didn’t want to see how my ragtag group of allies was going to save the day, and I did grow quite fond of my foul-mouthed, sarcastic, tough-as-nails Vulcan. I don't know, man.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I was on the fence about buying this one, due to the huge variation in reviews, but it was on sale so I decided to give it a shot. Ultimately, it was worth what I paid for it, but it's definitely not the best game I've ever played.

Overall: 6.5/10

- Crafting. The system is simple, but interesting. You don't need to be at a shop to craft materials or armor upgrades, etc. I like that you can do it on the fly or even in combat, if you have enough gold/materials. Different than what I'm used to, but a refreshing change.
- Leveling/Customization. I like the combination of skill points and feats. The skill trees behave pretty much like every other game, but each of them offers a pretty different playstyle. The feats are additional upgrades for your character, but you have to unlock them through gameplay (ie, kill x enemies with fire) before you can train them. The system was fairly straightforward, but I felt like I had a good amount of customization.
- Meaningful choices. Although I don't care much about the story (in any game), I do like that the decisions you make have an effect on what happens during your playthrough. There is the big choice between taking the human path or the demon path, but your interactions with the NPCs also has an impact.
- Combat. There is a decent variety of enemies (for the size of the game) and even on lower difficulties, you have to at least put some thought into what you're doing and how to tackle each fight.
- Humor. Some of the dialogue in the game is very "real", complete with dumb humor and crude jokes. Although I skipped through most of it (again, not caring too much about story), there were a few parts (and one character in particular) that actually made me laugh. It was a small thing, but refreshing to see.
- Music. The soundtrack for this game is great. I often found myself accidentally sitting on the main menu just to listen to the theme song for a few minutes.

- Companions. I loved the idea of having companions to fight with me and the ability to choose who to take and what their combat style should be, but boy are they stupid. They would constantly get stuck on the environment and get left behind, and during battle they were usually nothing more than a temporary distraction, until they died. Still better than not having them, but the system could use some improvement.
- Combat. Although some parts of the combat were good, there was a lot that wasn't. I had a lot of trouble using the lock on system properly, but I found I couldn't play very effectively without it either. Some of the enemies/fights seemed to be cheap and I didn't always feel like I "deserved" it when something went wrong, which was frustrating and disappointing. Overall, the combat was very punishing.
- Difficulty. Not being in the mood to torture myself, I played through on Normal. Some parts of the game felt right, but the difficulty curve was definitely a bit off. The middle felt pretty good, but I definitely had a tough time at the very beginning and the last boss was very disproportionately hard compared to everything else.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
When you invest the time to master the challenging combat and explore the world, Bound by Flame is a solid romp with rewarding tactical action supported by rewarding boss battles and plenty of ways to see your choices reflected in the world around you. There are minor graphical glitches but overall the storyline is enjoyable and entertaining. I would consider this game very similar to Dragon Age. It's very linear but overall a quality RPG, especailly if you enjoy good story telling. The game offers about 20 hours of gameplay if you decided to unlock all the possible endings and romance sequences. I recommend this game especailly if you enjoyed Dragon Age.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Oh boy, this game is rather cruel :( didn't except a whole lot of challenge, but now my ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ is torn asunder.

- Great enemy design. (and lots of them)
- Decent storyline. (not perfect, but better than Skyrim at least)
- Nice character sheet that offers different playstyles.
- Different companions that react differently to choices made by the player.
- It looks pretty sharp graphics-wise.
- Many weapon and armor choices.
- Voice acting is mostly good.
- Ran flawlessly on my machine. (no FPS-drops or chrashes)

- Most bosses are very annoying and will pin you against a wall whilst happily ending your life.
- Very limited options when it comes to attacks. (no combos or ugradable skills in that aspect)
- In the start of the game your character attacks so damn slow it will hurt your soul (upgrade attack speed as soon as possible!)
- Frost enemies in chapter 3 especially. (not much to explain, they slow you down to a ludacris degree making fights horrible and needlessly difficult)

Decent RPG that won't make you cry or cüm.
Personal rating: 6/10 Get it if there is a discount
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Bound by flame is an RPG created by Spiders Studio. The people who made the nicely borken Mars War Logs, of Orcs And Men, Faery... And others games I haven't played. Yet.

First of all, I must precise i have nothing against imperfect games. On the contrary, I'm a big fan of Alpha Protocol, Binary Domain, and quite a few games of the same level of polishing. But Bound by Flame is not Nicely Broken. It's a pile of sharp glass shard waiting to tear to shred your lust for RPGs.

The Dialogs, or why stupid can be fun.

As much as they are tacky, the dialogs are nice, even if everyone involved seems more interested in dropping the best punchline than making sense. The writers were more interested in doing something fun than doing something coherent. It makes for a nice B movie vibe.

The Story, or why convoluted doesn't mean deep.

The story is what it is, which is not very interesting. Lords of evil destroying the world, or trying to conrolling it. Last remnants of humanity trying to survive and fighting them of. Everything is going to ♥♥♥♥, and your merry band of mercenary doesn't seem to give two ♥♥♥♥ about it.
Elements are hidden only for the sake of mystery, and when you get all the piece of the puzzle, you realize some don't fit, and the box was half-empty to begin with.

The Graphics, or why generic is a standard.

It's kinda different while remaining the same. The kina that is realistic enough to be believable, but "artsy" enough that it won't ever seem really ugly. They play it safe, and they are right to do so. Bonus point for the ridiculous outfit of a certain female character.

The combat, or why, god why ?

You have a crossbow, a longsword, dual daggers and some fire magic. The melee combat is what you will use most. You have a normal attack, a less normal attack (boot to the face with le longword, combo with the daggers).
And it sucks because :
You can only dodge to the rear, and only while using the dagger. A perfectly timed dodge will trigger a counter attack (and you don't have the choice to NOT counter attack in this case)
You can parry, but only will th longsword will let you counter attack.
All magic takes time to cas, and you can easily be interrupted.
And the character is rigid, and takes age to get back on his feet while knocked down.
AND the fighting is grindy, extremely so, especially with bosses. And that's only in easy mode.

One could make the argument that the game can be played for the story, whick while not being that good, is still fun to follow. But the combat is the main (and only) way to progress. And it's bad, painfully so. It's even worst than Mars War Logs. Clunky, Grindy, and even with what your character is supposed to be, you NEVER feel powerful.

Avoid this game, those who compare it to Dark Souls are out their mind, it doesn't hold a candle to the From Software's game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Don´t expect this game to be like other RPG games like The Witcher franchise or some other games, this game is not worth 30 euros, i tell u that, i bought it for 5 euros and i liked it a lot despite it has some glitches, its an amazing game but i do not reccomend buying it unless its heavily discounted, this game is not for people who think it´s very easy and all that stuff, even in the easiest difficulty, it´s very hard.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Product received for free
I kind of liked the game until I accepted to duel the Knight Randval while - unfortunately - didn't have a suitable save point before the duel. Being to low in level to beat him I got stuck dying again and again.

Long story made short: The game should not stear the player into a cul-de-sac like that and destroy all achievements made thus far.
It's ok to have some dangerous or difficult spot in the game that could be avoided and taken care of later. But the fun stops if have to try to defeat a totally superior opponent dozens of times with no way to improve while doing this.
It's a pity. The story is nice and interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Jon Snow possessed by Satan Vulcan fights the White Walkers Deadwalkers

That being said it's OK, but every mob has WAY TOO MUCH HP even at Hawk/Normal difficulty. I was tired of fighting common enemies for too long so I cranked it down to Recruit. Kind of forgettable characters minus Mathras - you can tell they were influenced by The Witcher, Game of Thrones, Fable, and Dragon Age but everyone is too cliché. I prefer the Game of Thrones RPG and Of Orcs and Men. This isn't so much a recommend as "if you like the games and stories I mentioned a lot and want a short game to enjoy, give it a try if you get on sale" kind of a review.

Also the game is actually way shorter than my total play time. I just left it running in the background a lot to eat or clean or whatever.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I havent gotten far into this games main story yet, but I have already fallen in love. It has great graphics and so far the world itself is beautiful in design as well as many of the character designs. The gameplay itself is responsive and not clunky. However, with that I also personally dont find the work on the two handed weaponry but that could just be my personal preference. Sadly, the game does fall short on its general writing (which is mostly forgivable in what ive seen thus far) and its voiceacting. Many of the voice actors have poor delivery and are stoic as ♥♥♥♥.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I like the game. It's not AAA polished but it's great fun
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6.0 hrs
Posted: September 29
TLDR: Bound by Flame is bound by design 4/10. Why they think this is a good combat system and even used it again in their newest sucky game Technomancer is beyond me because nobody likes that game either.

First, I have around 15 hours in this game and Steam is displaying my time played incorrectly. Second, they thought they were clever with their combat system from Mars War Logs but it sucked and they went ahead and put it in this game anyway. $40 new (I paid $20) for fifteen hours of completely linear gameplay with no reason whatsoever to play the game ever again after you beat it is a joke. I paid $20 and feel ripped off. $10 would be more fair. It is one of the most frustrating games I have ever played because the combat is just not very good at all, just weird, and I was not often enjoying it until the last boss. It is so bad that I said F it and am now looking for a trainer to cheat and beat the boss then uninstall this dog crap for good. I was doing well, eventually beating all of the enemies in the game but this game is just unacceptable on the last battle and I am in no way ashamed to say I am just tired of this game and am getting a trainer for it. I do not care. The only thing I am ashamed of is to say I wasted $20 on this game. I have no doubt that if I actually tried a few more times I could beat the last boss but I am just so sick of this I do not care anymore. Every battle is insanely hard, and not exactly always in a good way. The game can still manage to be fun if you are a very skilled gamer and have a astronomical amount of patience, and I do not have much of the latter. The fetch quests and general running around is insanely boring and feels pointless even though it isn't. Everything is incredibly easy other than the combat. Find something, click mouse 1 to pick it up, take it back to person, add some dog crap awful combat mechanics in, and there you go. Oh and by the way, even on the LOWEST difficulty, the last boss fight is nearly impossible. I had said before that the worst final boss fight in the history of video games was Cavestory+ but this one takes the cake. Whatever tiny bit of fun I was having throughout the game was crushed when I got to the last boss fight. It blows my mind that it is not the chief complaint about the game among all of the user reviews. The combat in the game sucks. Even fights against weak enemies put you at such a disadvantage that it will be a chore to beat them, and it is all because of the controls, how you feel like you are fighting on the moon but the enemies get to attack at normal speed.

Oh and a problem equal to everything else is how short it is. It is supposed to be a $40 third person rpg and it is only about 15 hours long and is 100% linear with no point ever playing through it twice, not ever. It is a 100% ripoff. The other problem is that the skill trees completely suck, all three of them. They barely add any improvements to your character and the improvements that the skill trees do add are stupid and nearly useless. And when you get new weapons and armor throughout the game, their stats only increase a point at a time. The one-point increase that a new piece of gear gives is negated by the fact that enemies gain strength as the game goes on. The weapon and armor that I ended the game with felt the exact same as the basic ones I started with, because they basically are. You never do more dmg, you never prevent more dmg, and the skill trees offer nearly no help.

Seriously fk this, this game is a prime example of why piracy exists and why not nearly as many people pre-order games as they did five years ago. If the devs for this game are smart they will do it right in the future and scrap this game's awful combat system, if they even made enough money off of this game to make anything else.

4/10 combat engine
0/10 last boss fight
3/10 skill trees are nearly useless
0/10 armor/weapon upgrades because of enemy strength scaling negating any improvements
3/10 length. actually since it sucks so bad I give the length a 9/10, should've been even shorter lol
5/10 overall

They need to seriously scrap this game's combat engine and make a new one for their next game.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: September 28
A combat focused game with horrendous combat.
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21.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
So I just finished by first playthrough (female demon who rules both worlds) and I wanted to leave a review. First of all, I did not buy this game immediately due to the generally negative reviews, which is a shame because I really enjoyed the game once I started playing. I eventually bought it in the Spider RPG bundle sale on Steam, which also included Mars: Wars Logs. There are quite some similarities between the 2 games, most noticeably the crafting system and the art style. The gameplay is harsh, even on easy mode (recruit) I died a lot, but it is not as bad as with Dark Souls. I saved regularly and I could win most battles with my current skills, I just had to change my tactics a bit. Most people found the difficulity to be too hard, but I actually liked the challenge. The game was not unfair, it is quite basic that when you rush blindly at your enemies, there's a high chance you end up dying. And when a character promts you to fight him, you should save before attacking to keep your progress.

The characters were enjoyable enough although they did not stand out too much from many of the other RPG's I've played. Each of them followed an archetype and they did so succesfully, but it left little room for character development. My favorite is Edwen. She has ulterior motives for joinging you but at least she's not pretending to be someone that she's not (I'm looking at you Rhelmar, stop being a pain and please stop whining for once).

My favorite part was the ability to transform into a demon. It was a very subtle change, rather than 'press A to turn into a demon', the change happened in diffrent stages and other characters would comment on your charming physique.

Not everything was without flaws though. There were some inconsistencies with the subtitles and voice-overs that were quite annoying. Calling me or my demon a 'he' while I played as a female, referring to me as 'Vulcan' while a picked a custom name. At one point the party reacted as if I killed somone, who was in fact very much alive.
Also the enemies in the last arc were a pain to get through. Eventhough I was able to beat them, it took forever to get to the final battle. The respawning prtals didn't really help either.

So my final verdict would be 7.5/10. I think the game is judged rather harshly and while it has a few flaws it is not a bad game. Besides you can play as a demon, isn't that awesome?
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20.4 hrs
Posted: September 23
I'd say this game was enjoyable but the combat is horrid. Enemies have way too much health and you die far too easy; even though I personally didn't have too many problems this games combat is worse than almost any other game I've played with each fight being more a test of endurance, timing and skill juggling rather than actual sword play or anything resembling actual skill. The storyline is definitely interesting though especially the last stage where all your decisions have an impact on you. Overall I'd give it a C+. It's worth the playthrough even though the gameplay is quite horrid the storyline is memerable enough to keep it going for the 15-20 or so hours it offers.
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15.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
I'd have to say lot of people told me this was a crap game and the mechanics sucked.
I'd have to say they're not wrong in some of this but the story keeps you going. Honestly with how annoyed i got in some battles with getting cornered so eairly and dieing in seconds it was still good.

Tip: 1: The Powers help you and make the game less hard
2: Don't run into fights guns blazing you end up dieing so fast
3: Item crafting is very important to your survival on anything Hawk difficulty and up
Some of the games battle tactics don't work right and are difficult at times but honestly this wasn't a terrible game. That being said i'd recommend it to a friend to buy when it goes on sale because it is not worth the full $30. Fun Gaming.

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