🐳 New! Moby v2023.09.22 Release

Firewatch

Windows Specs [ all ]
Buy on Linux
Steam
Buy on Macintosh
Steam
Buy on Windows
Amazon
eBay
Steam
Buy on Xbox One
Amazon
eBay
[ All Stores/Prices ]
(prices updated 9/24 6:14 AM )

Description official description

Firewatch is a narrative-driven game played from a first-person perspective and set in 1989. The protagonist is Henry, a man in his forties, who takes on the solitary job of manning a firewatch lookout in the secluded wilderness of Two Forks Lookout Area in Wyoming. However, the game starts fourteen years earlier, in Boulder, Colorado, in 1975. The first minutes of the game are largely text-based and explain how Henry met his wife Julia and what led him to the job on his own many years later. The player can choose between different responses to help shape Henry's background.

The game takes place over the course of about 79 days, but only a small amount of days are an actual part of the game. The Two Forks Lookout is Henry's home and the place where most days start. Almost all conversations in the game are done using a portable radio with his supervisor Delilah who is also in a tower, Thorofare Lookout, a mountain over. When she talks to Henry, there are often multiple answers to choose from that shape their relationship. The player chooses to have Henry divulge much of his personal life and react affectionately towards her, or keeps it neutral. The choices often influence how she will react in the future. At the same time, not replying or using silence is almost always an option and also leads to a different effect. A small vertical bar shows the amount of time left before 'silence' is chosen as an option. In return, almost any object or event can be used as a basis to talk to Delilah through a radio icon, but it always up to the player to initiate such a conversation or to have Henry keep it to himself.

Almost right away the entire game world can be explored freely. Henry carries a map that shows his current position, along with the important paths and locations, and he also uses a compass. There are several cache boxes with items and smaller maps that can be used to update Henry's map. Many items, in the tower and outside, are interactive. Even though there is no inventory or puzzles to solve, except for locating certain people or items using the map, many things can be picked up and examined closely, or be thrown away. It is also possible to zoom, both using the map and in the game world. Henry can run, remove certain overgrowth to clear a path, move over obstacles, jump down, and use ropes to rappel. Even though there is free exploration, the game itself is entirely linear based on a series of tasks and sudden occurrences. Henry can nevertheless handle them or react to them in many different ways, shaping his character. Delilah generally steers Henry in the right direction, but there are also often audiovisual clues in the environment. Smaller interactive elements are most often not indicated and it is up to the player to discover them. Most of the gameplay is based on exploration and the conversations with Delilah.

Spellings

  • フゑむをー・ウォッチ - Japanese spelling

Groups +

Screenshots

Promos

Videos

See any errors or missing info for this game?

You can submit a correction, contribute trivia, add to a game group, add a related site or alternate title.

Credits (Windows version)

146 People (59 developers, 87 thanks) · View all

A video game by
  • Campo Santo
Produced in cooperation with
  • Panic Inc.
Graphics Programming
Systems Programming
Game Design
Story
Music & Audio
Office Management
Production
Level Design
UI Design
Animation
World Design
3D Art
Gameplay Programming
[ full credits ]

Reviews

Critics

Average score: 77% (based on 29 ratings)

Players

Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 48 ratings with 0 reviews)

Be the first to review this game!

Trivia

Photographs

Early on Henry discovers a disposable camera he can use to take twenty pictures. After completing the game, the player's pictures are shown in the credits, but the game also generates a link, uploading the pictures to the website firewatch.camera. The player can have these developed as a set of 4" x 6" glossy prints with free, worldwide shipping almost anywhere for $ 15.

Awards

  • The Game Awards
    • 2016 – Best Narrative – Nominated
    • 2016 – Best Art Direction – Nominated
    • 2016 – Best Performance
    • 2016 – Best Independent Game – Nominated

Related Games

GraviFire
Released 2020 on Windows, 2021 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4...
Fire Woman: Matoi-gumi
Released 1996 on PC-FX, PlayStation
Yo-kai Watch
Released 2013 on Nintendo 3DS
Piczle Puzzle & Watch Collection
Released 2021 on Nintendo Switch
Yo-kai Watch: Gerapo Rhythm
Released 2018 on iPhone, iPad, 2021 on Android
Yo-kai Watch 1 Smartphone
Released 2021 on Android, iPad, iPhone
Yo-kai Watch 3
Released 2016 on Nintendo 3DS
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
Released 2016 on Nintendo 3DS
Yo-Kai Watch 4
Released 2019 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4

Related Sites +

Identifiers +

Contribute

Are you familiar with this game? Help document and preserve this entry in video game history!

Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Sciere.

Xbox Series, Windows Apps, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Cloud Gaming added by Kam1Kaz3NL77.

Additional contributors: Havoc Crow (formerly JudgeDeadd), Rik Hideto, Victor Vance.

Game added February 14th, 2016. Last modified August 30th, 2023.