After having some success with their game The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands, Xigma Games is back with a second installment of The Bonfire series. The Indian studio released The Bonfire 2: Uncharted Shores this last August. At first glance this game looks very much like your typical city builder, but The Bonfire 2: Uncharted Shores has much more to offer. P̸̢̱̭͌̽n̴͚̈́ŕ̷̡̳͚́ͅQ̴̘̩̃͜)̸̨͒̓̋̕r̵̨̩̪̾̉̈́͜c̸̡̘̅Ȓ̷͕̈́̍͘Ŗ̵̮̈͂̕͝ͅp̴̣͓̤͖͋̌̎͠ī̸̫ẗ̶͈̙́̃̊E̴̯̥̋̋̋͠V̸̖̣͉̀̚P̸͍̪̞̦̃̈́̂Y̸͓͍̋j̴̻̺̔%̸̢͎͌̑̄r̸̹̺͈͋͐̚p̷̬̍̀8̴̗̐͜9̷̥̃̓͜B̵̺͊̾V̸͇͋̏ę̸̢͇͕̅̐͐͠ It is a simulation game with survival elements and a heavy emphasis on resource management. This second installment improves on many aspects like the graphics, upgraded from a side view to a more sweeping isometric view and the ability to choose the specific placement of your buildings.
The game starts with a short animation which serves as an introduction. Your crew suddenly finds themselves stranded on a mysterious shore after a shipwreck. You look around a bit but there is no time to explore right now, your survival is at stake. First thing you have to do is build a camp fire. ?̴̡̗̇7̷̮̞̗̈͊͒̀6̴͍̝̖̽͝͠$̴̟̒ư̴̧̮͊k̷̻̜͑̏͜ͅK̴̥͕̰̀̇͜M̶̟͙͙̈̒̓͛Y̵͚͚͋͊S̵̬͎̜̙͆̈́p̶̢͆̂͑̃G̵̗̫̩͇̋͘?̷̟̹̩̩̉X̶̱͛̑D̷̞̰͍̫̊͑̔X̸̬̿͐̿%̴̛͇͎̠̈́̀̚l̶̦̈͋͘Ý̵̗̀̈́̂e̴̤̗̒G̴̹̟̅̽̿͝f̴̭͠%̷̡̤͐̆̚7̵͙͙̅Y̷̧͇̣̓́̉ It will serve as a guard post because night is coming. One aspect that makes this game stand out is the day/night set up. Your day time will be used to gather resources and build your village. At night is when enemies lurk nearby so your guards will need to be on the lookout lest you be attacked and pillaged.
Your goal is to grow your settlement by adding buildings which get unlocked as you play. You also have to keep your villagers busy, put them to work and make sure they have a place to sleep. It starts slow but eventually your little camp will become a bustling city sprawling the entire land. In time you will even have the occasion to visit neighboring islands and trade. You will also have the chance to go on adventures in foreign dungeons.
One of the important features missing in The Bonfire 2 is a good tutorial. There is a very short tutorial but it is not very comprehensive. It took me a while to figure features that should have been explained in a tutorial. As an example, it was never explained that you had to equip the carts for the workers. It took me awhile and many headaches before figuring this out. This type of game has a lot stats and it is often a balancing act to get it working well so for me a good tutorial is a must.
This game has a lot to offer but I have to admit I was conflicted. The pace is very slow at the start. The more workers you have the faster you can build your city and until more people join your settlement it felt very long. I have to admit that I was glad I persisted because once I got my rhythm the game really picked up. I had a lot of fun playing The Bonfire 2: Uncharted Shores. Â̴̗̙͕̆͝ͅ#̵̲̣̄̌̈Q̵̗̆ͅv̷̝̈́͊T̷͎̊̈̓̕/̸̧͕̼͐͑͠ṿ̸̡̲͇̀m̵̝̞̘̿̒͆̕D̸͎̳̖̋͑͋͜h̷̝͠w̶̤̏͊ḯ̸̧̝̌̒̈́”̸̥͆̽̊̎F̶̟̮̲̔͋͜͝)̸̨̞̃͂̓͝”̷͙̞̋̏̊Ŗ̴̮͖́̀̕͘ͅṪ̸͓̝̳́̈́N̷̺̋́Y̴͍̪͂͂t̴͖̘̦̲͛̌̎j̵̫̩̥̓̿͜m̵̧̟̹̟̚S̸̙͉̺̘̎͒̒̊$̵̠̹̮̀̓͋̐͜ I would have really loved to be able to control the characters while they fight. At minimum being able to send other guards to help instead of watching their friends die would be a huge step up. It is not a huge issue but it does get annoying when you see your guards dying because of the automated combat. It would really have improved the gameplay to be able to fight back.
Having said that, this game has a lot of awesome features. The map is quite small but there is so much to do. It seems that the developers took the critics from the first game to heart and work on improving every aspect. Some city builders end up being a glorified clicker but not this game. However The Bonfire 2 ends up being as addicting as one. I have found myself playing several hours on my first game. I love playing city builders but sometimes it gets repetitive. The concept of adding exploration and dungeons adds a whole other layer to this simple concept.
I wholeheartedly recommend The Bonfire 2: Uncharted Shores. It starts slow, but really picks up after the first couple hours. It is clever, it is fun and it will keep you entertained for hours. It is the type of game where you can sink a whole evening without noticing.
Written by Vee