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[PS5] Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX Review

[PS5] Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX Review
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Firegirl: Hack & Splash Rescue DX by Dejima and Thunderful is a challenging roguelite firefighting in which a young firefighter rookie must save the city from the Fire Lord. Check our Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX review!

 

Firegirl: Hack & Splash Rescue DX by Dejima and Thunderful is a challenging roguelite firefighting in which a young firefighter rookie must save the city from the Fire Lord. You start as a rookie sent to rescue a plumber that’s trapped in a fire. After completing this initial task, you’ll go on a series of missions to rescue people in buildings trapped in flames, with weird creatures emerging from the fires. It is only later that you will learn of weird things happening in the city, as an FBI agent comes to town trying to find some information on what’s really going on.

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You’ll end up finding some Fire Tomes, which will allow you to learn about the Fire Lord, an evil being that wants to destroy the city and that is responsible for your father’s death years ago. From that point forward, your quest
will be to not only save people from the flames, but also to put a stop to this cycle. The game is played from a 2D sidescrolling perspective, although some of the sequences tilt the camera a little bit to give it some depth while exploring building corridors.

 

You’ll move around with either the D-Pad or the left joystick as you jump with the X button. The Square button is used for your axe, which can help you clear debris out of the way or to open doors. While holding the R2 button, you’ll be able to aim your firehose with either the left or right analog sticks. When you eventually gain access to healing packs, you’ll be able to use them with the Triangle button to replenish a heart of your health.

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At the start of each mission with four hearts and a full reserve of water for your firehose. Levels are procedurally generated, so you’ll never take on the same mission. Your goal is to race against the clock to rescue people stuck in the area somewhere. The timer will decrease as you explore, but you can regain a bit of time when you defeat the fire monsters, or when you find an extra time bonus item. You’ll also need to be aware of your water reserve, as it depletes when extinguishing fires or enemies, so you’ll also need to look for water tanks and water sources to help you complete your mission.

 

Your firehose will also help you reach higher places when you jump and then use it, serving as some kind of jet
pack to make you go up. Once you’ve completed a mission, or lost all your hearts trying, you’ll get a summary screen telling you the money you won from city funds and fans donations, as well as money you spent on hospital fees. Money can be spent to upgrade your accessories as well as unlock perks that you will gain access to as you progress through the game.

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Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX has some nice pixelated visuals that perfectly fit the game’s format. The field of view is a bit close though, so you’ll likely die more than once after jet packing your way up over an obstacle only to fall in fire or in a pit since you couldn’t see under you anymore. Apart from this field of view issue, I really enjoyed my time with Firegirl. The gameplay mechanics are easy to pick up, but that doesn’t mean
that the game is easy. Fighting those fires, taking care to rescue people and cats, not falling from too high, all are things you’ll have to do with a certain pressure because of the limited time you have. In my whole time with the game, I unfortunately had to pay hospital fees more times than successfully completing a mission!

 

At first you only have access to a few upgrades to use your money on, but you’ll eventually gain access to more to make the game a bit easier, such as a doctor whom you’ll rescue that will take up one of the rooms in the firehouse, so that you can then buy upgrades that will reduce the cost of hospital fees. There’s also medals that you can gain for your accomplishments that can be equipped to add some additional perks, such as reduced water consumption.

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As for the trophies, most are tied to specific things you’ll have to complete in levels and will pose a moderate challenge. For example, one of the trophies requires you to extinguish 100 fire monsters in a single mission without getting hit. Although they will require some practice and patience, they are definitely doable once you’ve purchased a few upgrades and have enough practice with the game. The list has 7 Bronze trophies, 6 Silver trophies, and 8 Gold trophies to work on.

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX is a fun title that is challenging and original. It has a few frustrating issues that prevent it from being exceptional, but there is definitely a lot of fun to be had with this game. Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX is out on PlayStation 5 with a $17.99 asking price. There’s also a PS4 version available for the same price as a separate purchase.

Disclaimer
This Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Thunderful.

Review Overview

Challenging roguelite firefighting game
7.5
7.5

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