New game ideas should always be cherished as they battle in the sea of sameness that is the App Store. Primal Flame is a new game that revolves around a single flame in the forest that you try to keep lit as the dark forest tries to extinguish your flame. The game begins by striking your match, and then you simply drag your finger around the screen to move the flame. There’s a neat silhouette mechanic that shrouds part of the screen in darkness, and it’s only revealed if you drag the flame in that area. Seeds fall down from above to keep you flame lit, but there are leaves, rain drops, and vines trying to put out your flame.
Primal Flame is quite a unique experience that tantalizes your sense of touch, and sight. Your goal is to simply survive for as long as possible while in the darkness, and you need to be crafty with the way you move your flame. Obstacles will appear in an instant since you have just a small circle of light around you. That means you need to be careful with your movements to dodge falling obstacles, while aiming for the stems of the vines to burn them before they get you. If the vines go unchecked, the dark forest will continue to grow giving you less room to maneuver. The gameplay is balanced extremely well for constant challenge that takes full advantage of the shadows, and touch controls.
As you continue to play, you can unlock new flames to give you more light, and other abilities to stay alight longer. At first glance, Primal Flame looks like just an endless game, but it turns out there are multiple worlds to unlock. The new worlds include new objects that rain down, and you just need to get to level 15 in the previous environment. The base gameplay is intriguing enough to keep you coming back, and the unlockable worlds, and new flames add extra incentive. The entire experience is well crafted in each regard to make it quite memorable. You will also have a nice burn on your finger as you intently try to show light on certain areas to collect falling seeds while dodging obstacles, and then circle around the vines to get to their stems.
Primal Flame ($2.99, Universal) will ignite your interest making it a should buy that is a nice rarity on the App Store.