Developer: Dejima
Publisher: Thunderful Games
Platforms: PS4, Switch, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 22/06/2022
Price£14.99/$17.99
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.

You play as the newest recruit, Firegirl. Your job is to, of course, put out fires and save the civilians stuck in the building, woods, trains. These flames are not your normal run-of-the-mill burny burn hot hot fire, no they are demonic flames. The evil Firelord has brought forth these flames. 

The story is presented through small interactions between the main characters. These sections are well written, funny and entertaining and not what I was expecting for putting out fires.

Firegirl Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX game

THERE IS A FIRE!

The gameplay is simple, easy to pick up and play and, of course, more importantly, fun.

Each mission is a quick short and action pack roguelite experience. With there being a fire there is only so long before the building will burn down, so Firegirl needs to be quick. There are few controls to learn the main one is jumping with the hose. This can take an attempt or two to get right, but after that, it feels natural and simple. 

The hose is not only for jumping about, its primary function is putting an end to the demonic flames. Firegirl must douse the flames to put them out just like any other fire. Except these fires are alive and some move, fly and even shoot fire balls. The water will drain the more it is used. There are pickups at the level that will refill the tank. These will be needed.

Each run is a few minutes long to start with, meaning choosing to fight the fires is not always the best thing to do. However, putting them out will add time to the counter. There are also pick ups that will add more time to the run. 

Pay and Fans

Once the survivors are saved, Firegirl still needs to escape. This will net her a nice bonus. If she does not make it out, she will just get her basic pay with hospital bills taken from the pay.

But if Firegirl saves everyone and gets out before, she will get her full pay plus a nice fan bonus. Fans are gained by finding and rescuing survivors and pets. The more you have, the more money you get. 

The money is where Firegirl will get her upgrades, from holding more water in the tank, better clothing to take more hits. There are also some civilians that once saved will want to work for you. These workers can increase Firegirls money while, lowering the cost of everything and so. As every upgrades, price increases per level.

Overall Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue DX is a great game, with its quick fire levels and fantastic and simple controls. It does everything right for a quick pick up and play experience.

As a rougelite, it can get monotonous playing similar levels over and over. However, it is worth playing.

9-10
AMAZING

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