Dear Esther

Twitch has unveiled the line-up of games that Twitch Prime members can download and keep for nowt as part of their subscription in February: Dear Esther, Downwell, The Flame in the Flood, and Draknek & Co Puzzle Collection.

It's a strong selection of titles, even if most have been around the block a few times. Enjoyable survival adventure The Flame in the Flood, for instance, has already been offered as a Twitch Prime freebie before. If you didn't snag it then, however, it's definitely worth doing so now.

Developed by The Molasses Flood and released in 2016, it delivers a wonderfully atmospheric, and distinctly soggy, twist on the well-worn rogue-lite survival formula. The general gist is that you, along with your trusty canine pal, set forth down a procedurally generated, frequently tumultuous river, stopping off at the occasional island to scavenge supplies, and craft up useful items to keep your perilous journey going just that little bit longer. Eurogamer's Christian Donlan even liked it enough to give it a Recommend badge in his review.

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The Flame in the Flood - (Alice Bell)

>I really really really> like The Flame In The Flood. I am terrible at it, rarely reaching even the mid stage of the river, but I love it. The flood of the title is one that has swept through America, swelling the banks of a regular river until it s a wide and treacherous one. Only small islands of safety are left – an old fish bait shop, a homestead, a patch of wilderness – and they re not even always safe. Sometimes there s a big angry boar or a starving wolf.

The flame is you. And your little dog.


The Flame in the Flood - (Dominic Tarason)

The Flame in the Flood

Is it any wonder that people are struggling to sell games when everyone and their dog is just throwing lovely free stuff at us? This time, they even threw in the dog to sweeten the deal. Apocalyptic rafting survival adventure The Flame in The Flood is free for the next 48 hours (minus a couple) via the Humble store, and you should probably pick it up while the going’s good.


The Flame in the Flood - Stuckbug
Hello all,

We just posted a small update that fixes a number of issues with non-english languages, audio levels during commentary playback, and the Seafarer achievement.
The Flame in the Flood - Valve
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Apr 21, 2017
The Flame in the Flood - Stuckbug
We’ve just released a new patch for The Flame in the Flood!

Our main goals are to fix bugs, and alleviate some frustration and quality of life issues that people have given us feedback on.

The main changes are as follows:
  • Added Director’s Commentary: the previously PS4 exclusive director’s commentary is available for all. To enable it, you can toggle it on in the options screen.
  • Fixed Save Loss: We identified an issue leading to save loss when attempting to continue. If you died during a process that advanced the clock (sitting at a fire, sleeping, docking) your save would enter an unreadable state, and checkpoints would no longer work in campaign.
  • Achievement fixes: We fixed a number of issues with achievements failing to register, including Paleo Diet.
  • Inventory: Added “discard all” option: For stacked items, you can now discard the whole stack at once.
  • Inventory: Auto-sort items into existing stacks: When you pick up an item, it will auto-sort into any existing available stacks, or the first available inventory slot if no stacks are available. For example, if you’ve got a partial stack on Aesop, a new item will auto-sort to that stack, rather than into your backpack.
  • Rabbit refactor: Rabbits now behave like other animals, in that you no longer need to skin them as a crafting recipe, and killing a live captured rabbit can be done from an inventory contextual menu.
  • Fire crafting can be done in proximity to a fire: Fire recipes are now available near fires, not just while sitting at them.
  • Added “Craft Multiple” button: Crafts the maximum possible of an item, so you don’t need to click over and over.
  • More starting bag slots on traveler: New games on traveler difficulty have 2 pouches worth of bag slots already available.
  • Crafting cost changes: Arrows only require 1 feather, sumac tea can be made with 1 sumac.
  • Tools can be crafted with a full inventory: You no longer need to drop something to make a knife if your bags are full. Additionally, if you craft a tool that you already have, it will replace and refresh the durability of the existing tool.
  • Inventory Stacking Changes: Stack sizes increased across the board, and many previously unstackable items can now be stacked, including jars, jar items, traps, and torches.
  • Added UI element for equipped torch: it indicates the life remaining.
  • Added quest caches at every camp: So now you can reliably find them.
  • Added “mute dog” option: Sorry Aesop, not everyone likes those barks!
  • Marina spawning on endless: Marinas now spawn continuously on endless.

If you check it out and have any issues, please let us know. You can email us at, message us on facebook or twitter, or leave a comment in Steam discussions.
The Flame in the Flood - Valve
Today's Deal: Save 50% on The Flame in the Flood!*

Look for the deals each day on the front page of Steam. Or follow us on twitter or Facebook for instant notifications wherever you are!

*Offer ends Sunday at 10AM Pacific Time
The Flame in the Flood - Stuckbug
Hello all,

We just posted an update addressing a number of issues with achievements. If you had previously met the criteria for some, but they didn't properly award, you may get a handful when you next launch the game.

We fixed issues with the following failing to fire:
Learned the Hard Way

We also addressed some that were firing inappropriately:

As always, let us know if you see additional issues. Thanks so much for playing!
The Flame in the Flood - (Philippa Warr)

The Flame in the Flood’s [official site] lead designer, Forrest Dowling seemed like an ideal candidate for my ongoing investigation of outdoor worlds in videogames both because of his name and because of his survival game. The Flame And The Flood sees you play as Scout, a woman trying to stay alive as she navigates her way along a fiercely flowing river. It manages to be a strangely cosy version of the outdoors with a wonderful, evocative colour palette and soundtrack. Here’s how it works:

… [visit site to read more]

The Flame in the Flood - Stuckbug
Hello folks,

Not everyone may be aware of this, but back when we were just getting started on this game, we ran a Kickstarter campaign. We succeeded, and along the way we had a backer contribute enough to have their dog added to the game for everyone to use.

With the 1.1 update, we've added Daisy Belle! She's a dalmation/pointer/who-knows-what mix. You can select her via Scout options when you start a new game.

Thanks for playing, and we hope you enjoy your new canine pal!

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