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The Firemen

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Released: 1994

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: SNES

Publisher: Human Entertainment

Developer: Human Entertainment

Submitted by: Steve L.

If you've ever seen the old 1974 flick THE TOWERING INFERNO (starrting Fred Astaire, OJ Simpson, yes THAT OJ Simpson) then you will know exactly what to expect from this.

Made by HUMAN, perhaps most well-known for their Fire Pro Wrestling franchise. The Firemen is a 1-player top-down action game where you navigate a top high-rise fire fighter through the burning Metrotech building. Using your water hose to extinguish fires, along the way more hazards crop up; dispatch mechanical objects gone haywire and of course face intimidating end-level bosses.

The Firemen is stellar. It's graphically pleasant with well-shaded characters adding a perception of depth, plays really well and the theme is unique. All of this culminates in a game which has that "cool" factor. There is some in-game Japanese text communication between Danny and Pete the firefighters, but nothing that hinders the game. Oddly, the game intro is in English.

It's 6 PM on Christmas and a small fire in the Metrotech kitchen left unattended has spread throughout the complex. With the building quickly burning to a crisp and injured people trapped inside, it's your job to get in and neutralize the situation. There are six floors in all. Thanks to the whole theme and atmosphere, it reminds me of Die Hard the movie, except replace the terrorists with deadly flames, and the guns with a water hose.

THE FIREMEN is top-notch top-down action. Sorry but it must be said: This game is on fire.

For full review, see my website RVGFANATIC