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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January 21

Linux Update

Hey RPG fans!

An update for the Linux version of Bound By Flame is live with several improvements:
- Fix of several crashes with some specific equipment (PS3 pad, Microsoft keyboards with a Joystick...)
- Native support for PS3/PS4 pads
- Fix of an issue with some specific keyboards

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
85 of 94 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
I generally hate it when people reduce a work in any medium down to what it bears the most obvious similarities to. It strikes me as doing a disservice to the work, and more to the point, as being critically lazy. The problem when discussing something like Bound by Flame, then, is that you really can’t get around doing so, because it is very deliberately meant to be a low-priced spin on Dragon Age.

It’s got enough of its own merits that it comes off as a homage or a work by fans rather than a deliberate case of follow-the-leader, with a surprisingly funny script, although it completely loses focus as you move into the third chapter, and a combat engine that has some genuinely interesting ideas built into it. The problem is that it’s not quite done yet, although there’s enough here that a theoretical sequel could be something special.

The player in Bound by Flame is Vulcan, a build-your-own hero in the Bioware tradition who has given up his or her previous life to serve as a demolitions specialist in a mercenary company called the Freeborn Blades. The Blades, as the game starts, are one of the only surviving organized groups in the world of Vertiel, which is currently under siege by an army of undead led by the Lords of Ice. Most nations have fallen, with the elves left as the last civilization standing, and all the Lords have to do is cleanup.

The Blades are hired to provide security for another organization, the Red Scribes, as they conduct a ritual that’s meant to provide some last chance at survival, if not victory. Vulcan’s in the wrong place at the wrong time as the ritual concludes and ends up as the unwitting host of a previously-unknown entity: a demon with powers over flame.

The central ethical issue in Bound by Flame is how much free rein you’re going to give the demon. The more power you get from it, the more it changes Vulcan’s body; soon your skin darkens to black, you sprout horns, and you end up with parts of your body constantly on fire. If you side with the surviving humans and try to save as many of them as you can along the way, you deny the demon. If you listen to its advice and ignore all other concerns in the name of gaining enough power to challenge the Lords directly, you give the demon what it wants.

The demon’s abilities represent one of three skill trees that are available to you. The Warrior tree uses a single two-handed sword and focuses on damage resistance, sheer power, and delivering massive damage with a few slow swings. The Ranger tree combines stealth and rapid attacks into a sort of swashbuckler option, sacrificing damage resistance in favor of dodges and counterattacks. Finally, the Pyromancer tree provides you with ways to set the undead on fire.

You can switch between the three skill trees at will and improve each one point by point every time you level up. Each has an ultimate ability that’s unlocked when you invest at least 24 points into it, and heavy investment in a single tree makes the game a very different experience. In practice, you’re going to be a Warrior or Ranger with occasional points spent in Pyromancer, and both approaches are intuitive and reasonably fun with a little practice. The enemies telegraph their attacks far enough in advance that you can figure out ways to deal with them, and you have a number of alternate options like explosive traps and a crossbow that you can use to help even the odds.

If anything, the skill trees are too top-heavy. If you try to spread your points around, the early areas will prove difficult. You really want to improve Burning Weapon as fast as you can, because even standard enemies tend to have tons of health, and whatever you can do to whittle them down is worth doing.

In fact, one of the major criticisms I have of Bound by Flame is its difficulty. The combat system feels pretty good once you get used to it, but any enemy with the ability to knock you down can easily kill you, and there won’t be much you can do about it. Some kind of rapid recovery or roll would go a long way towards removing the frustration.

You can have a companion NPC with you for most of the game, but they’re usually not a factor aside from absorbing a few stray hits; enemies usually mob your companion straight away and kill him or her, then turn to you once they’re done. You have to work around that tendency for companions to be worth a damn. They all seem to have a death wish, and it’s rare that they survive even a simple fight. In short, Bound by Flame feels like it’s harder than it needs to be. Standard enemies are tough enough to kill you in a few lucky hits, bosses can send you flying or corner you with little difficulty, and it’s rare that a death feels fair.

The graphics don’t necessarily impress strictly from a technical standpoint. You won’t be wowed by intricate detail or uber-authentic realism. You might even find the dark, forbidding world oppressive. Even so, there are many who will appreciate such an atmosphere, as the ambiance fits the action perfectly, and the style is what you’d expect from a fantastical, medieval-type adventure.

The sound fluctuates between some generic hack ‘n slash combat effects and an inspired soundtrack that really takes shape during dangerous encounters. On the plus side, I don’t usually notice the musical score in such games, but I definitely noticed this one. It ratcheted up the intensity a few notches, and it’s not overly repetitive. The voice acting is largely forgettable, but overall, the audio and graphics work together to present the player with a world that demands our attention.

All in all, Bound by Flame is a really fun game taken down only by its not-so-great story and voice acting. If that’s something you can get past to play a good action RPG, then this is surely a game you should have no qualms about picking up. If you’re more inclined to wince and shudder at poor dialogue and acting, then I suggest you give this one a pass.
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159 of 233 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
+ Cool Idea
+ Decent Graphics
+ Some interesting and somewhat conflicting moral choices

- Sub-par voice acting and horrible dialogue
- Zero character development of horribly flat characters
- Seriously nothing attached me to the companions. Couldn't have cared less if they died.
- Clunky and somewhat awkward combat system
- Short plot with very little narrative (basically wanting you to focus on the "possessed by a demon" idea to distract from the skeleton bare plot and narrative)
- Obscure and very selective character relation mechanics
- Unorginal, cliche ideas (literally feels like the storyline and numerous character models were pulled from Dragon Age and other fantasy RPGs)
- Generally inconsistant with itself

I apologize - I really have very little to say that's positive about this game. I discovered the game prior to its release and was insanely excited from what I saw. Fast forward 6 months-1 year and discovered it again in a Steam Sale and bought it at almost full price (which I rarely do). 13.5 hours is all it takes to get to the end boss, even with doing every side quest I could get my hands on. It is a very linear plot and I found myself rather disappointed at every turn with what the developers could have done with such an interesting and unique game idea. I had to force myself to sit down and try and get through the game to the end so I feel I had gotten some of my money's worth back, and, well, barring that... I can at least give a review for the game. I wouldn't recommend this game to hard-core/serious RPG players, seeing as it lacks in these very qualities that I had hoped/expected from it. If you're looking for a good soundtrack, the music isn't bad and the art is creatively inspired, if somewhat repetitive.
I can't say much more than I don't recommend this game. I got to the final boss, exited out of the game, and immediately uninstalled it, having no desire to play this game again. If you're looking for a pass time and this game is on-sale for +75%, feel free - otherwise you're being cheated out of your money.
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53 of 71 people (75%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Ok, if I would have a top for my RPGs this game would make it there somewhere, not on the top but still somewhere near the top.Now let me expalin why, considering the bad reviews.

Very good
  • story line, wich manages to keep you in the chair for hours making you wonder what will come up next(very interesting).
  • voice acting, characters seem credible and entertaining.9/10
  • skill tree, upgrading a skill will realy make you feel the difference.10/10
  • difficulty, don't really know why but the game reminds me of dark souls somehow, not even close to its dificulty BUT the game will be quite a challange even on hawk(normal) difficulty.Try to go higher to Capitan(hardest) and be ready to face a real challange and feel the need of smashing your keyboard against the monitor, hehe. After playing rpgs like Dragon Age Inquisition and other rpgs, this game remids me how a rpg's supposed to be a challange.So yeah, you won't get away with the stuff you do when killing minions when fighting bosses, oh dear..hell no.10/10/10
  • your choices will make a substantial difference on the storyline, and the game appeals to your morality from time to time(wich is awesome I think 9/10)
  • armors and weapons are freaking awesome, each one has different designs and can be upgraded to suit your need(poison resistent, fire resistent + many many more+ each one has a different design.To be honest the armor sets in this game make it in the top three armors from any rpg I've played.Pure awesomeness.10+/10

  • graphics, keep in mind that the game was released in mid 2014, BUT you will not run in any problem if you are after the graphics, they look very good.9/10
  • interface + crafting system.Very minimal BUT on point. Very little place to improve unless adding something.8/10
  • enemies are not dumb and if outnumbers you are ♥♥♥♥ed.8/10
  • one of the very few rpgs that requires using all kind of weapons(heavy two-handed swords, quick daggers, traps and magic acording to different situations) 8/10-only gave it an 8 because on the missing ability to dodge while using two-handed.
  • music is good, not dissapointed at all.8/10

  • sometimes companions can act real dumb while fighting and can be quite unuseful(and somethimes they will save you sorry ♥♥♥).7/10
  • there is no dodging while using two-handed sword and you won't have time to evade attacks that are targeting an aoe(area of effect) so your parrying won't do ♥♥♥♥.4/10 - wich could be the thing that bothers me most in the game.

    Overall the game is good, and I would totally recomand it. If you enjoy true RPGs please do buy it. Oh yeah, in case you're wondering what's up with the bad revirews I can give you an answer. The game's not easy, and the unpacient unseazoned teenagers will give it a thumbs down. Don't you mind that, if you are a rpg person, and enjoy a challange wich comes along with a good story and fun gameplay please buy it with confidence. Game's not perfect but there is no such thing is it?
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
Picked it up during the Steam sale for £3.00 and gave it a run through.

Combat - initially fun but can get repetitive. Enemies seem to be massive damage sponges for the most part. The game almost forces you to use traps and the crossbow at certain points in the game. The last boss was a massive difficulty spike compared to the rest.

Story - Fairly generic fantasy storyline, some interesting concepts though.

Graphics/Sound - Runs well and looks decent. Voice acting is fairly poor, some bad jokes along with a couple of funny ones. Characters don't seem to react to changing events sometimes during conversations.

Gameplay - Fairly generic RPG gameplay with linear areas and quests. Some replay value for different choices and difficulties.

6/10 - Reccomended if it's cheap. Based on one run through the game.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
It has flaws, but i really enjoyed my time with this game. If you are not sure pick up at sale.
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