Fired Up could have been fairly decent but is botched due to some bad decisions. It is not the worst of runners out there, but it is far from the best
Fired Up is a runner of some sort where you are in control of a firefighter who quite misjudged the pressure with which water flows out of the hose. The end result is that every time he turns on the hose he is flung into the air next to a burning building. Trying to correct his mistake, he then tries to put out the fire by aiming the hose at the burning windows of a multi-storeyed building. And that is where you step in.
Annoyingly, the game does not give you the controls of the direction and only allows you to regulate the water pressure. This makes it quite difficult to navigate around the windows and your firefighter gets burnt to a crisp quite often.
Another way of looking at this is that you require a lot more skill now to get a decent score. However, if you don’t like the Flappy Bird school of thought in mobile game design which puts forward extremely challenging levels with the aim of making you addicted to besting the game, you won’t like Fired Up. If you put out fires with an exclamation mark hovering around them, you save a resident. The points you earn in the game help you unlock new residents to save, which sounds a lot like putting the cart before the horse. Ideally, saving the residents should give you money.
There are a lot of ads, both banner and pop-up which are quite irritating. Fired Up is a game which could have been fairly decent but is botched due to some bad decisions. It is not the worst of runners out there, but it is far from the best. It is worth playing only for a very casual gaming experience. Fired Up is rather a disappointment because it has been published by Noodlecake Studios which brought us the stellar Alto’s Adventure and Mmm Fingers.
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Anusha "Trillian" Sinha
Anusha Sinha was a harmless little Clefairy before she read Crime and Punishment. Now she thinks she is some sort of extraterrestrial ninja. She is an expert in the arts of mosquito-racquet wielding, being a silent grammar Nazi and karate. She spends her time contemplating the greatness of Miniatur Wunderland and the transient nature of human life, in equal measure.