Go!Go! Rescue Squad! from Connect2Media is a puzzle game for the Iphone and Ipod Touch that lets you release your inner firefighter.
The objective of the game is to rescue the Darwins. These little guys seem to have got themselves into a situation, and its down to you to get them away from the fire, floods, sheer drops and other things that will bring about their untimely demise. For the most part, these guys are not too stupid and will avoid the dangers. However, watch out for the Screebs, who have a tendency to run around in a complete panic, usually resulting in them plummeting to their doom. There are also a type of Darwin who can actually help you out by putting out fires and such.
The player will have control of a little fireman to help save the Darwins. Your fireman can climb ladders, jump gaps and put out fires with a carefully aimed fire extinguisher ( this is thrown at the fire, rather than just used). Your little firefighter can pick up the Darwins and hurl them towards the nearest exit. Don’t hurl them too far though, or that will hurt. Some levels will give you control over multiple firefighters, allowing you to throw equipment and even Darwins from one to the other to save them.
The player will play through 64 levels of increasing difficulty. These levels will involve negotiating all manner of hazards in order to get the Darwins to the exit door before they do something stupid. There is generally only one way to complete a level and it is very easy to make a mistake ( precision throwing is needed in this game). If a mistake is made then the whole level can become impossible to complete. Thankfully the developers have included a rather handy rewind button that will allow the player to undo their mistakes and try again. There is no limit to the number of rewinds used in each level, however the more rewinds used, the lower the players rating will be on eventual completion. Still, without the rewind option, the game would be impossible.
The game is visually appealing, often humorous and offers a very high level of challenge. A great way to spend your spare time.
Go!Go! Rescue Squad has been named as one of the 50 best Iphone titles available in the September edition of Edge, the UK’s leading video game publication. Connect2Media have also announced that the sequel, Go!Go! Rescue Island! is in development and due for launch later this year.
Go!Go! Rescue Squad! is available from the Itunes store for Â£1.79