When I started up “The Flame in the Flood”, there was a short cutscene where your trusty dog, Aesop, drags a backpack in his mouth and encounters your character: A girl sitting idly by a campfire. No words are exchanged, but the girl pets the dog and accepts the pack. Then you stand up, and you guide the girl to the nearest dock, passing by a sign that says, “DO NOT IDLE”.
“Do Not Idle” are three words that encompass the entire game. You start at Pinewood, a forest somewhere on the bank of an unnamed river. You and the dog go silently through the forest, picking up useful items as you go., before reaching your raft. Then, you’re put in charge of controlling the raft, dodging obstacles and making your way to the next destination, marked by a yellow circle at the top of the screen.