Now, for something entirely different! Do you play video games? ‘Cause we’re a couple that loves playing our XBox One together in the evenings. Right now, Alex is watching One Punch Man, but I might be commandeering the fine machine in order to play one of my favorite survival games, The Flame in the Flood. This game involves surviving in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a massive flood. You play Scout, a lone girl who later teams up with Aesop, a dog carrying a mysterious backpack. Together, the two must island hop through a dangerous wilderness that just becomes bleaker and bleaker over time. The game requires you to collect and craft survival gear, as well as find food and water in order to stay alive.
I love these types of survival games. Your character pretty much is living a simple, virtualized version of a SHTF situation. For those who may not know, SHTF or when “Shit Hits The Fan” is the prepper term for a disaster that is actively occurring. Preppers are people that literally prep against their personal SHTF situation, which can range from nuclear bombings to mainland invasions. Commonly natural disasters if my research is correct. In The Flame in the Flood, your character actually meets other preppers living out in the wilderness, unbothered by the massive waters surrounding them. One old woman even says that she had no clue the flood had occurred, having only just heard of it on the radio a few days before the world went to heck.
As you island hop, you try to have Scout forage for wild edibles, set snares ad box traps to capture rabbits, filter dirty water and build fires. The resources on the islands become scarcer and scarcer, however, as well as more dangerous. In time, your character must be able to set spike traps and shoot arrows to take down hogs, wolves, and bears. If successful, Scout can then craft furs in order to protect from the increasingly freezing temperatures. That’s right, your character can succumb to the elements. Much like Oregon Trail, your character can die from a disease, infected wounds, venomous bites, and even hypothermia. In order to build resources against these deaths, Scout can store penicillin tablets, extra clothing, and even bandages in trusty Aesop’s bag. What, you thought the dog was for show?
I don’t want to spoil the ending, but if you’re into survival games, consider The Flame in the Flood. It’s very simple, with an okay storyline and one doggo worth traveling with. The soundtrack is amazing! I can’t stop humming those fiddle shreds! My favorite aspect of the game is the foraging and crafting. But I have a tendency to die of sepsis. Alas, I cannot win all of them.
As always, be kind and tender to one another.
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