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Embr (Early Access)

Posted by GG Goblin On May - 26 - 2020

Making money and saving lives.

 
There is certainly no shortage of “frantic co-op” experiences available to players at the moment, and what better time to enjoy some co-op fun. Heading just recently into Early Access on Steam and Stadia, Muse Games’ Embr will cast the player as a firefighter for hire and team them up with friends to save clients and make some cash. If you are going to risk your life saving someone who can’t put down their mobile phone long enough to escape a fire themselves, then you might as well get paid for it.

 


 
Embr is set in a world where the essential emergency service of firefighting is farmed out in a similar manner to, say, Uber. The player takes on the role of one such contractor, and as such must risk their life rescuing clients and property for a pay check and hopefully some good reviews. There is plenty of humour to be found in the game, as the player negotiates raging infernos, trying to find clients and get them to safety before the building collapses and is completely claimed by the fire. With a rival firefighting company, Hosr, creating problems for the player, along with a variety of different environments that will present different challenges, and firefighting as a career choice may not seem that appealing. But do good job, get a good review, and the money will come in, giving access to all manner of improvements and cosmetic upgrades.

 


 
Played in the first-person view, Embr is not necessarily the easiest game to play. It can be difficult to see where the player is moving, and the perspective makes placing items with precision way too difficult. However, this viewpoint also adds a lot of the fun to the game, and certainly ramps up the frantic nature of rushing into a burning building. First of all, the player will get a notification of a job. Most of the time this will require rescuing people from the fire, but it could also require the player to rescue some valuable object. Equipped with a personal hose, which only has a limited amount of water and will need to be refilled at designated points, a trusty axe and a ladder, the player must then enter the area and find their targets.

 
Of course, nothing is that easy. Fire is a living thing, and a route in may not be available as a route out once the objective has been reached. The player will have to get their charges to points of safety, which may mean throwing them out of windows, assuming the drop won’t kill them. Dead bodies don’t leave good reviews. Other hazards will mix up the action, including toxic spills and falling debris, to keep the player on their toes. Frantic is a great word to describe the action in Embr, and it is also a lot of fun.

 


 
Complete the job and the player will be rewarded. How well rewarded will depend entirely on how good a job the player did, with a rating offered in flames. They will also be paid and the cash can be used for various purchases, including new equipment to make the life saving a little easier, upgrades to existing equipment, and new outfits that can offer some buffs to the player. There is already a nice selection of upgrades and such, giving the player motivation to try their best and earn the biggest rewards.

 
Playing on Steam, Embr ran very well. The visuals have a colourful, cartoon-like style that screams fun, and even in the most chaotic environment, everything was easy enough to make out. The variety of different locations is good, considering that the game is quite small at the moment.

 
Early Access means that the game is unfinished, but Embr is plenty playable, even at this early stage. What it is lacking at the moment is content, only running for a few hours so far. But this is something that the developers will be addressing during its time in Early Access, adding plenty more content to build out the game.

 
Now, Embr is perfectly playable in single player, but it really does shine as a co-op game, proving to be excellent fun with others. This is all well and good, but the lack of local co-op really is missed. This is a game that screams out for couch co-op, and hopefully this will come eventually.

 


 
Embr is already a very enjoyable game, albeit slightly short. It plays really well and is a lot of fun, and will only get better as it moves through Early Access. For fans of frantic co-op action, or those who just want to save people from burning buildings, Embr on Steam and Stadia is worth checking out.

 

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