Developer: Panic, Inc.
Current Version: 1.0.6
Last Updated: 4 months ago
Download Size: 2.2 GB - Download
Firewatch is a single-player first-person mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness.
(NOTE: Firewatch is a video game about adults having adult conversations about adult things. If you plan on playing with a younger gamer, that might be good to know going in.)
(GRAPHICS NOTE: dedicated graphics are required for a smooth experience. Mac Pros, 5K iMacs, and 15" MacBook Pros 2014 or newer, are recommended.)
The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor Delilah is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio—your only contact with the world you've left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the forest, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.
• A stunningly beautiful wilderness environment that expands as you explore.
• A tailor-made story: the choices you make shape the narrative and build relationships.
• An edge-of-your-seat mystery.
• Secrets and discoveries to be made over every hill.
• Living, breathing characters brought to life by Cissy Jones (The Walking Dead: Season 1) and Rich Sommer (Mad Men)
• A spectacular wilderness environment by Olly Moss (Illustrator) and Jane Ng (The Cave, Brutal Legend)
• A thrilling story and script by Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin (The Walking Dead: Season 1, Poker Night at the Inventory)
• A stirring original soundtrack by Chris Remo (Gone Home)
• Fluid first-person animation by James Benson (Ori & The Blind Forest)
• Gameplay scripting and design work by Patrick Ewing (Twitter) and Nels Anderson (Mark of the Ninja)
• Programming by Will Armstrong (Bioshock II), Ben Burbank (Costume Quest 2, Space Base DF-9), and Paolo Surricchio (Deadpool, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare)
Most Helpful Reviews
Genuine Mystery and Fun - This experience was intriguing from the very start, and the story always kept me wondering where things were going from first launch. There were mysteries at every turn, and my interest in solving them advanced as situations proceeded to get weirder and weirder. This mystery succeeds where others fail — it was genuinely creepy and often made the hairs on my arm stand up. This is a wonderful (however sad) story told in an unique way. I was touched deeply as my Dad has dementia, and I am currently going through many of the emotions that our protagonist wrestles with. I stayed up way too late playing this adventure the first night and couldn’t wait to finish it the next. I do wish the story came together a bit more at the end. The reveal is not as exciting as it seemed it would be. I would, however, gladly pay again to experience more from this maker.
Obscure and barely working interface - This game apparently was not designed to be played on a Mac. The dialog selection is nearly impossible with a trackpad; by the time you nearly have the response you want highlighted, the timer exits you from the conversation and the interaction is blown. Physical navigation is difficult and the controls are barely documented. The UI response — even with a 3.1 GHz i7 MBP with 16GB of RAM — is so sluggish that every attempted action results in an overshoot. The imagery is nice, and perhaps the story gets interesting, but the gameplay is so tedious and difficult that it’s hard to want to bother.
More Reviews for Current Version
3 hours game - Advertising of this game is way greater than game it self. It took me 3h to complete the game and I don’t think it’s worth the money.
Great game, but lacks an ending... - I used to love playing video games. I was actually always a huge XBOX fan but gave up video games after so many years. This is my first mac (El Capitan) and decided to try out an app store game. Downloaded Firewatch due to it’s high ratings and really enjoyed it. It was an interesting storyline that made me keep wanting to know what will happen next. I finished the game in two days and had fun but was extremely disappointed with the ending. I’d say if you’re looking for a game with an interesting storyline and don’t mind the ending, go for it.
Finally - Was a great game and story line - was successful in grabing the emotions. Reminded me of some of the PC Games from Sierra Online and maybe a little like Tex Murphy. I think the game could have done away with the foul language and still been just as good. It’s embarassing to play the game when all of a sudden the “F” word blasts out of the speakers.
Should be more expensive - This game was beautiful and very fun to play. A steal at $20. The dialogue was very fun and the map was really fun to explore. Sometimes I got stuck in the rocks around the edges of the play area and had to restart the day; I hope that bug gets fixed but otherwise it was very smooth.
Fun, but short - Fun game, the team at Panic did a great job as to be expected from their other titles. I as a bit disappointed at the short gameplay. Maybe 2-3 hours from start to finish. The narrative was good, but there are lots of open ends that could be made into future games. Not sure I’d drop another $20 for a sequel though.