Firing its way to Steam and Stadia this week in Early Access is Embr a co-op firefighting game. We have been lucky enough to get a Steam code for the game for review purposes and what we can say is the game is a lot of fun. For this review, we will be looking at through the lens of a Stadia player. Embr places you into the role of a Firefighter for hire and you go round the neighborhood putting out fires and saving the residents.
This game is built for co-op play from the ground up but manages to tiptoe around the issue of solo play. Playing the game as a single-player doesn’t feel like a struggle as some co-op games do. However, the game is made to shine in co-op mode and that’s where the fun really takes off.
The game’s tutorial is a great example of how a tutorial should be done. It is fun and makes you want to play about in the tutorial section of the game. The game’s mechanics are shown off to great effect and the humor of the game shines as well. During the tutorial, you learn about your main equipment. These are your hose, axe, and PDA which identifies where the people are located. You can make your own fun even this opening level and you can mess around with the different features of the game.
The main game can be played as serious or as light-hearted as you would like. The main objectives stay the same for most of the levels. Usually, you will need to rescue various people along with bonus objectives like finding the money or bringing some loot to your car. You can save the residents in various ways be that the safe way or throw them from buildings or through windows!
There is also some light puzzle elements in the game as well. Electricity is in the game and that is used as both help and hindrance in the game. As you are firefighter you use water to put out fires. Water conducts electricity so if you spray a room where there are electric cables about be warned! Sometimes however you will want to conduct the electricity to get some items or to open up new sections of the buildings.
Also in the game, there are other hazards. Gas, which kills you, exploding barrels which kill you, while dealing with the fire which kills you along with the electricity which kills you. You are a firefighter so everything is dangerous.
Multiplayer just adds more help and obstacles into the mix. Your co-op partners can make the level so much easier or just troll you and try to kill your character. Like all good co-op games, Embr embraces these two types of peoples. If you get into the right co-op group the game in multiplayer is extremely fun and enjoyable. With cross-platform multiplayer being in the game at launch, this should help the multiplayer numbers as well.
Embr is a fun game in both single and co-op mode. The game is not perfect and there will be room for improvement going out. The guts of the game are there and there is enough content there to entertain people especially at the games price on Stadia. It is priced $14.99 USD (25% off) for Pro members and $15.99 USD (20% off) for everyone. I would call Embr a perfect fit for Stadia for what platform is trying to achieve. It is a game that will stay in your library and you can bring out when you feel the need to mix things up. With Crowd Play coming to the game this is another game that will be in the game streamers library to mix things up on their streams.
Embr is in Early Access so there will be bugs and issues going out. We feel we should also give a score and then adjust it down the line when it comes out of Early Access.
Fun – I enjoyed my playtime in the game in both single-player and multiplayer modes. Multiplayer is better if you get the right group.
Graphics – I like the cartoony art style and gives the game personality.
General feel – The game is in Early Access and does have bugs but overall the game plays well.