While I throughly enjoy playing a good puzzle game, I have to admit that Fire Ungh’s Quest through me for a loop.
FIRE is an exploration-adventure with intuitive puzzle design. Without losing many words it tells a savagely hilarious story. Journey into the Stone Age and face the most challenging task of this era: The search for fire!
As you may recall we are huge fans of games with an enjoyable storyline. Often if the game has a solid storyline then it could possibly make up for some other areas within the game that may be lacking. Thankfully for Ungh and his adventures he had it all from storyline to gameplay.
Here is a Ungh’s story
This story’s hero is the lovably chaotic Neanderthal Ungh who dozes off during his very first night watch. The next morning, the catastrophe ensues: the fire’s gone out and Ungh is banished from his village. Now is its your job to help Ungh find a new flame, by searching through every corner of the Stone Age world. No matter if he has to search the insides of a dinosaur, smoldering volcanoes or even through time itself, there is no place Ungh wouldn’t look for new fire.
The way you play is fairly easy and quick to learn … so much so that the game has earned “Best Kids Game” in the German Computer Game Awards for 2015. Each stage is composed of just a handful of screens … about an average of 3 per stage. Each stage you have to accomplish certain tasks by solving puzzles with the ultimate objective of capturing a firefly that once captures opens up a portal to the next stage. The way you solve the puzzles is to study the stage, decipher what the riddle is and then figure out the correct order of things to get Ungh one step closer to capturing the firefly. You accomplish this by clicking on certain objects around the stage which Ungh can interact with. Some items he can pick up and use on another objection, while other object may be too far out of reach and you must first accomplish another task before you can reach that one. For some guidance you do have an option on the bottom center of the screen that shows you all the items on the screen that you can interact with. From what I could tell there are no penalties for using this little hint each time.
Now honestly I did find some of the puzzle a little kind of crazy and not so straight forward. But in a way that made it just that more enjoyable. Adding to the difficulty of some of the puzzles was the fact that there is no text or dialogue at all to guide you through the riddle. Other that the hint button to see what you could interact with you are on your own to figure out what works and doesn’t work based on Ungh’s reaction to your movements.
The colorful stages really add to Ungh’s enjoyable fun loving character. The game possess 10 very beautifully hand-drawn sceneries that have a seamless effect in each stage. As I mentioned each stage has an average of 3 different boards that you can move left or right to. The movement from one scene to the next you will see it each stage is one continuous and connected experience.
In addition to the graphics, the music also please a key part of really completing the package of the lovable spirit that Ungh has. The soundtrack is composed by the same people that composed The Night of the Rabbit.
In addition to solving puzzles and getting through each stage you also have the incentive of unlocking 3 gold coins per stage. These coins don’t add to your progress but are a fun perk of the game. The point of unlocking them other than the pure fact of unlocking them is to open up some infographics that the developers have included that just show a little back story of the game. Again these are not necessary to completing the game but a fun perk that you can go back and achieve if you didn’t get the first play through. Usually when it comes to puzzle games I have the tendency to not go back and replay them once I complete the game but for some reason I found myself going back and replaying stages … just because. I still have the game loaded on my iPad and found my kids toying with it also. They are ages 4 and 5 so they weren’t able to figure out the puzzles without some guidance from me but they did find a lot of coins on their own.
If you currently have a long commute to work (not driving but riding) or expecting to be heading on a trip via plane or train then we highly suggest you go ahead and invest in Fire Ungh’s Quest. It will certainly give you a few hours if not more of enjoyment.