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The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Now here's something you don't see every day -- a fireman simulator. The Ignition Factor has a different take on the overhead action/adventure genre, one that involves a lot more strategy and planning than I initially thought. The idea is simple enough: You play a fireman who is tasked with rescuing a group of innocent survivors before the fire and smoke gets too out of hand. Rating: 64%
The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Now here's something you don't see every day -- a fireman simulator. The Ignition Factor has a different take on the overhead action/adventure genre, one that involves a lot more strategy and planning than I initially thought. The idea is simple enough: You play a fireman who is tasked with rescuing a group of innocent survivors before the fire and smoke gets too out of hand. Of course, that's easier said than done. In order to find these survivors you'll need to bust down doors, use your hose to make paths and meet other goals along the way. If you can do all this, you'll be rewarded with new missions and a hearty "thank you" from everybody you heroically saved.

But this is more than your typical action game. The Ignition Factor requires players to spend some time memorizing the map, choosing the right equipment and devising an exit strategy. You'll also need to plan for the unexpected. As you work your way around the various disasters (including office buildings, theme park, mine shaft and even a World Trade Center-style tower) you'll discover that the condition of the fire can change from moment to moment. The constant fear of things going terribly wrong helps give this game a sense of urgency you normally don't see in this style of game.

Does It Still Hold Up? The controls take a little getting used to, so expect to die a few times before getting the hang of it. The graphics are solid, though you'll see a lot of repeating sprites in each location. Each of the varied levels features unique objectives and challenges, though making your way to them will take a lot of time and patience. There are still a few things that could have been improved (like running controls), but The Ignition Factor holds up better than I was anticipating.

Is It Worth The Money? The controls take a little getting used to, so expect to die a few times before getting the hang of it. The graphics are solid, though you'll see a lot of repeating sprites in each location. Each of the varied levels features unique objectives and challenges, though making your way to them will take a lot of time and patience. There are still a few things that could have been improved (like running controls), but The Ignition Factor holds up better than I was anticipating.
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