The Flame in the Flood received “mixed to average” reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic.
Ben Davis from Destructoid rated the game a 7.5/10 saying, “Even with its flaws, The Flame in the Flood remains an engaging and challenging survival game.”
Mark Steighner of Hardcore Gamer gave the game a 4 out of 5 saying, “The Flame in the Flood offers a genuinely new variation on the survival game theme, tuned, focused and confident in its execution.”
IGN awarded it a score of 7.3 out of 10, saying “Brutal and beautiful, The Flame in the Flood is a unique sort of survival game, with a few crucial flaws.”
GameSpot awarded it a score of 8.0 out of 10, saying “Despite the awkward menu system, it’s an absorbing game that lets you experience a journey in the present, and fully appreciate the sights, sounds, and joys of floating down the river in its alluring world.”