The game is made up of three worlds; Darkness, Nightmare, and Light. Each world has ten levels to complete and then a boss fight. Your main goal is to light the torches in the level and reach the portal at the end, all while fighting off monsters and dodging the many lethal obstacles populating the areas. You can leave the level as soon as you find the portal at the end, but finding all three of a level's torches and lighting them should be a top priority. You receive a star for each torch that you had lit during the course of a level. You can then spend stars on leveling up two of your stats, health, and MP. So unless you want to get absolutely smashed later on when the difficulty increases, you're better off powering up as much as possible. Luckily, you're able to track your progress and replay any level that you've previously unlocked.
The controls are really good for a mobile title. I don’t play mobile action games often because I find the controls appalling, but after getting used to them I found that they were very responsive and tight. I never ran into any lag or frame drops either, which is essential for this type of game. Gleam of Fire also supports the use of a Bluetooth controller, but I don’t have access to one so I couldn’t try it out. The sound quality is decent as well. The soundtrack is made up of a handful of instrumentals that do well to set an ominous mood. It fits well with the dark, minimalist aesthetic that the graphics bring to the table. The foreground is mostly in black, aside from a few colorful special effects for extra punctuation. It works well for the most part. Sometimes I have issues distinguishing traps on the screen since everything is black, but not often enough where I feel that it is unfair. Are you looking for a challenging action game that you can play offline, contains no microtransactions, and is quick and easy to pick up and play? Gleam of Fire is a great choice.
Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 8/10
+Nice gloomy graphic style
+Good sound design
+Challenging but fun gameplay