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.
User reviews: Mixed (1,803 reviews) - 66% of the 1,803 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

Thanks for your support!

Have fun in Vertiel,
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“The mix of combat styles, spells, and abilities is fantastic”

“Bound by Flame is like Mass Effect set in a Medieval fantasy world”

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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
447 of 577 people (77%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
In Bound by Flame you'll control Vulcan, a mercenary in a world where the Lords of Ice seek to destroy humanity and seize power through their undead and demonic armies. Events see you becoming the host of a demonic entity that promises you great powers if you let it take some control over you and said powers might be the only thing that'd defeat the Lords.
While not an horrible game Bound by Flame is sadly plagued by several cliches in its story and characters while sporting a combat system that is a bit too clunky for the challenges you'll be facing.


-most character and monster models are pretty detailed, the hero character stands out as his/her armor and weapons change depending on what you equip and what upgrades you craft

-great soundtrack

-if you accept its influence the gradual changes in the hero's body and voice as the demon takes over are quite interesting and well represented

-lots of weapons/armor to find or buy, all of them can also be upgraded

-good amount of skills/skill upgrades to choose from when you level up: you'll have three main "classes" (warrior,dual-wielding ranger and caster) and can spend points wherever you wish while freely switching between each during combat


-dull story, lots of cliches in the plot

-dialogues are, for the most part, just boring and drawn-out: there's also a few attempts at humour that are way out of place

-companion characters are unoriginal (elf archer, somewhat evil female witch etc)

-story decisions don't matter that much and you'll still be visiting the same locations with only a few quests changing slightly

-world graphics are pretty average and boring, colors feel a bit washed out and lights are too harsh

-animations are ok in combat but look quite wooden during cutscenes

-level design is boring and uninspired, most consist of a few areas connected my corridor-like paths, there's also little in the way of embellishments leading to them looking bare

-voice acting is quite weak overall

-companion AI is bad, they seldom dodge and are happy to stay in AOE damage: enemy AI can also sometimes act up

-combat system is decent per se, but you'll be asked to face several enemies at once and go through parries/attacks/interrupts with good timing if you want to live: sadly while the enemies attack quickly the controls don't feel responsive enough to make things work well

-combat difficulty is a bit all over the place requiring silly workarounds by using the enemy AI against itself to make things easier: last boss is also laughably hard unless you use a certain strategy to beat it

-little variety in enemy types and models

Bound by Flame feels like a missed opportunity to be honest as, while the premise sounds interesting, the plot itself is so similar to many other games/movies to soon become uninteresting: things are made worse when said plot is delivered by poor voice actors behind characters that are quite flat and nondescript.

A generic and dull story might be forgiven if the game gave you a good time during combat but sadly it falls flat even there: you'll often face too many enemies at once and their attacks can frequently interrupt yours or stun you thus leaving you unable to defend yourself, this'll be a quick death on anything but the easiest difficulty level. Some spells or abilities also take too long to cast considering how quickly you're supposed to react, 3 seconds to cast a war cry as a warrior? No thanks.

So to make things easier you can-and it's actually encouraged- cheat the enemy AI by pulling one of a group or, if it fails, fighting a bit and then retreating until they disengage so that you can wait for health/mana to recharge and attack again. This isn't really fun and clashes with the sense of grandiose that a supposedly badass, demon-possessed hero'd be feeling.

I can't recommend the game as I feel there are way better options if you're looking for a good story, good combat or both: as said it's not horrible and it works for the most part but it's so generic, dull and frustrating that even on sale I'd recommend it only for someone desperate for an action RPG fix and willing to overlook its many blemishes.
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111 of 137 people (81%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2015
Here's a simple pro's and con's list for those who want to know right away if it's their cup of tea...

-Decent voice acting on the most important npcs
-Very challenging on even the "normal" difficulty in combat
-Can decide whether to be "good" or "evil"
-Excellent music
-Interesting enemy types and companions
-Decent graphics

Now the cons...

-A wee bit short (only took me 15 hours doing everything for 1 playthrough)
-Some wanky animations and non-lazy animations (ex. many people in the towns don't even move...they look frozen)
-Cut Scenes can have clipping issues and the hero killing enemies sometimes looks weird to say the least
-End boss can be a MAJOR PAIN (make sure you stock up on healing and mana potions)
-Romances in the game are very short

Despite all these pro's and con's all in all the game is at the very least a solid 7 out of 10 when all is said and done...Worthy of your time if you like action RPG's that have challenging combat with a decent storyline...pick it up if you see it for $20 or less!
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189 of 276 people (68%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2015
How did this happen!

How can an Action RPG game with Wonderful Music, Stunning Visual, Beautiful Character, Unique background, Cool Cut scenes, Choice and consequnce system, Interesting Talent system, Craftable/Recyclable ingrediant/item/potion and the coolest skeleton ever(Praise Mathras). Only got 67% approval rating?

This game is the very first ARPG Spider studio ever made. Honestly it's not bad at all. It's like a Witcher 2 on discount and I like combat in here better then Darksoul even.(it's not a button masher! you have to time everything). (Edit 2: Ya.. and my review is getting chewed alive because of that dark souls comment.. Anyhow since I only play the tutorial stage of it.. i should really don't say this comment. O.. well i will leave it here just for laugh)

Spider Stuido ventured out and tried many many different things for this game. Most of the ingrediant worked but just like a pot of stew. With a few minor flawed ingrediant and a drop of Rat goo would ruined the entire Stew!(game).

Minor flaws 1:
Not all idea are implemented.
There is day and night system that you can rest to change time for events to happen. Much like FF: Lighting return or Baldur's gate series. But through the entire story.. you don't need to rest once. And there is only 1 event and 1 subquest that require you to go out at night.
Craftable items are very interesting but you can only craft to upgrade weapons but you cannot create weapons and armors from parts.. and There are very few different type of items that you can use to craft.. It's like less then 10 types of ingrediant in the entire game. And every single type of monster in the entire game drop 1 of those 10 types of items.
There are 3 different class and for Warrior class you can use 3 different type of weapon.. Sword, Axe and Hammer. But there are not too much difference between them. Even animation looks almost the same.

Minor Flaw 2:
Character development.
The scripting of most of the story and general background is really good. But sometimes I cannot tell if it's being rushed or the story teller is drunk some time.
You can feel this is a really big world with an impending unstopable army that dread upon it at the very beginning of the game. There are interesting clan of people and some really fun and unexpected event twist..
That's all good but with the 4 major partner that you have that help you on your journey are really messed up.
2 male and 2 female that you can start a small romance with much like mass effect series. And 2 other part time partner including Mr.Mathras that travels you with certain quests. There are just not enough character development for a few character to make plot change reasonable and sometime it makes you scratch your head because there are too many question marks on it. Why do my girl suddenly romance the knight and elf? No hints about that's coming ever!

Minor Flaw 3:
Partner AI.. Well. The enemy AI was well done.. They know when to block.. when to counter.. when to run and they even ran to call help sometimes. They fight smart and why cannot my Partner fight smart? Most of the time.. My partner just tanks 1-2 enemy and dies within a minute and buy me just enough time to kill some archers.. The combat modes and order doesn't really help. Setting on defense mode just make them live at least a bit longer so it's recommended.

And finnaly the Rat Goo that ruined this great meal.
It's short coming are just too short! Literally!

This game is too short.. I am running 2 games at same time to get all achievements. 1 female human route on captain difficulty and 1 male demon route on vulcan difficulty. Together I finished both game back to back in just a little over 30 hours! That's including all the goofing off at easy difficulty to find all dialoge options and side quest and all the death on hard difficulty...

It almost seems I finnaly got into the fun and core of the game and it suddenly ended! I am sure if another player skips all the guide and just rush though the yellow story event marker all the time and ignore all the side quest.. This game can be done in less then 6 hours! Level really doesn't mean much other then it gives some skill and talents points. You stuck on 100 hp and mp unless you finish specific quests.

Over all did I enjoy this game? Yes I did for a few days.. Am I satisfied? No I am not.. IT could been a triple A title if they just made the story 3 times the current length and fix a few flaws...

That's all i am gonna say.. 7.0/10 Recommended for quick Action game Lover.. RPG lovers may love and hate this game at the same time..

Edit 1: My review is too long... I just had too much to say and I had to trim it down 3 times so it can fit...
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114 of 168 people (68%) found this review helpful
6 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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35 of 44 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.7 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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