Late last month we spied a very cool looking trailer for an upcoming game called The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands from Xigma Games. Taking the incremental aspects of A Dark Room [$ 1.99] and mixing them together with the resource-collecting, town-building, and combat elements of Kingdom: New Lands [$ 9.99], The Bonfire looked like a really slick mashup of those formulas, and I was all excited to get my hands on it when it launched this month. Well, good news/bad news situation as The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands is taking longer than expected to finish up and is now slated for release in March, but to make up for the delay Xigma has released a lengthy new video showcasing the first 30 minutes of the game. WARNING: A video this length obviously contains some spoiler-ish stuff, so if you’d rather go into The Bonfire fresh, maybe skip watching this.
As the video shows quite clearly, things start off extremely simple in The Bonfire as you gather wood to make a fire, but everything just builds off from there until you’re managing multiple people, collecting multiple resources, and fighting off baddies trying to invade your space. I really love the look of this one, especially the dynamic weather system and day/night cycles, and as you can see the first twenty minutes all takes place in the small starting area but once you’ve gathered up enough resources to build a bridge you expand into a new area and I have a feeling that this is going to be a pretty big game. This seems like a game worth keeping an eye on, so be sure to follow along with the discussion thread in our forums and look for The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands sometime in March.
If I had to pick two games that surprised me with just how engaging they were, Kingdom: New Lands [$ 9.99] and A Dark Room [$ 1.99] would be major contenders. In the case of Kingdom, it looks like a simple side-scrolling pixel art game but in fact is an incredibly deep simulation and survival game. As for A Dark Room, well… have you seen screen shots of it? It looks like some totally stark text game, like someone tried to make a gamebook in Terminal. It too, however, is much more than it appears to be on the surface. If you’re a fan of one or both of those games, then you should be pretty excited to hear that those served as the main inspiration for Xigma Game’s new project called The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands. Check out the trailer.
Xigma’s own description of The Bonfire is “Gather resources and build your settlement in a snowy encampment. You can Craft a variety of equipment for your workers and Fight monsters at night to protect your settlement. Slowly the settlement will thrive and players will be able to send scouts and explorers. Workers have an A.I. that reacts to the time of day. They will work during the day, sleep at night and have unique personalities. Dynamic weather system provides an additional challenge. The world of The Bonfire is filled with hidden mysteries. Clear dungeons, restore temple ruins, study ancient texts and save the world from malevolent Gods.” It looks absolutely fantastic, and is coming sometime in February for $ 3.99. I’m really, really interested in checking this one out, so stop by the game’s thread in our forums to discuss The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands ahead of its launch next month.
Facebook’s latest attempt at a standalone app — that totally isn’t a complete copy of another — is available now on Android. Well, sort of. Bonfire, Facebook’s new-ish group video chat app is now available on the Play Store. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to download it due to geo-restrictions. In its iOS rollout — first spotted by TNW — the app was restricted to Denmark. On Android, we’re seeing more of the same. Luckily, there’s always side-loading. And we have the APK right here. Bonfire is a not-at-all unique swipe at the popular Houseparty, another video chat app from…
Facebook has tried to launch a few standalone apps that bear a suspicious resemblance to other services. Anyone remember the Snapchat clone Slingshot? Probably not, because no one used it. Facebook’s latest attempt to steal someone’s thunder is Bonfire, which is very similar to Houseparty. Bonfire launched on iOS a few months ago, but now it’s on Android (sort of).
Bonfire is a group video chat app, which is hardly a unique idea.
A couple of months ago, there were reports that Facebook is working on a standalone group video chat app. Well, now the company has started rolling out the app, dubbed Bonfire. The roll out is limited at the moment, restricted to iOS users in Denmark. Bonfire lets you perform a video chat with several participants at the same time. It is reportedly similar to the Houseparty app, which is currently quite popular among teens. This new Facebook app offers ability to apply Snapchat-like effects. Not only that, you can also share pictures to Instagram, Facebook, and…