I don’t know what it is in puzzle games, but a lot of them tend to be pretentious. Bonfire peaks is on the verge of pretension, but just stops. Instead, it’s a contemplative and challenging letting go puzzle game.
Bonfire peaks is a puzzle game where your objective is to burn your possessions. It has an incredibly simple premise that ends up having a fair amount of variation and surprisingly difficulty. You’re limited in how you can move around and interact with the boxes, but that’s part of the challenge. You can only pick up boxes at chest level and only in stacks. If something is blocking your path, you cannot turn with a box. Your character also suffers a bit from tank-type controls, requiring you to carefully maneuver boxes for fear of getting stuck, knocking over a stack of boxes, etc.
The overworld itself is a puzzle too, and it’s the most stories you find yourself in Bonfire peaks. A game of letting go, there are clues to the character’s life strewn between the fires. Each of these fires is a portal to a new puzzle and another crate full of items to burn.
Bonfire peaks has incredibly tricky puzzles and has almost hidden mechanics that you must discover to solve them. While I generally say that puzzle games can be easier for some than others, I think even those who are good at space puzzles would struggle with some of the more difficult ones in the game. Bonfire peaks. This gave rise to “ah ha! »Very satisfying! moments however.
While this is decidedly a modern game, its combination of big, almost voxel-like graphics and stiff, meaty controls gives it an old school feel. Playing it for the first time reminded me to spin a PlayStation demo disc and find Bonfire peaks like its unique puzzle offering. There is something about his vibe that is almost meditative and peaceful.
I enjoyed the time I spent with Bonfire peaks. There were some very difficult puzzles, some of which, I was convinced, had no solution, until they finally occurred to me. While Bonfire peaks has a simple mechanic, it has a whole bunch of almost hidden techniques that are needed to solve some of the puzzles. If you are stuck in Bonfire peaks and think you’ve tried everything you can – there’s probably a surprisingly unconventional way to fix it.