A few days ago I came across this horror gem in a review made by a TikTok user, although obviously in the 30 seconds that his video lasted I couldn’t get a general idea; however, there was something that caught me immediately and it was the sight of the antagonist who seemed to me like a monster straight out of Silent Hill itself, a mix between a zombie and a nightmare. So I decided to investigate a little more about this game and this is what I found.
BY: Sanleera Vexadan
Original image from: Steam
Flicker of Hope, was released for free on the Steam platform on August 3, 2020 by the Whip studio, made up of a group of students from the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) who managed to develop the game in approximately 8 months (and by the time they did it How well done it is!)
It is a suspenseful game in which you assume the role of a small wax candle found burning in the ruins of a dark cathedral, your main mission is to light all the candles in the cathedral being careful not to melt and don’t turn you off.
Despite being a fairly short game, most of the player feedback is extremely positive for such a little-known, free, indie product.
There is currently streamer content about this game on platforms like youtube where you can see what the dynamics are like (I watched some of them, until I finally decided to play it on my own and was pleasantly surprised). The quality of the animation, the images and the story have nothing to envy to other games developed by larger companies . The missions are simple, but overall the game keeps you on the verge of suspense and manages to keep your attention throughout the 40 minutes (approximately) that the game lasts.
The only criticism I find is that it does not allow you to make voluntary camera movements and the movements of the game sometimes do not make sense, but they are the least.
To close this short review, I wanted to leave the Flicker of hope story at the end:
Mara is a nun who succumbed to despair while trying to heal the victims of the Plague and dealing with the insects that feast on the remains of the dead, apparently her body and soul have been corrupted to the point of transform her into a kind of zombie-nun who wanders inside the cathedral eliminating all traces of light. For his part, Jean Wick is a monk who undertakes a crusade hoping to save the world by filling the cathedral with light. The mission is to travel into the depths of darkness to bring light back to the world or die trying.
Adventuring a little further, you might think that perhaps the main objective of Flicker of Hope is not to give us a video game full of challenges, but a deeper message, perhaps.
A game that deserves a chance, highly recommended and with a very well developed story. I am sure that in a short time, it will be well known and valued.