[Nintendo Switch] Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX Review

by EdEN, Owner

Take on the role of an up-and-coming firefighter in Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX from Thunderful and Dejima. Check our Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX review!


Take on the role of an up-and-coming firefighter in Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX from Thunderful and Dejima. This is the definitive version of the game, revamped and rebalanced with new enemies, locations, improved level design, a streamlined skill tree, and more. Your task is simple and to the point: save as many people as possible as you fight through the different procedurally generated infernos that the game will throw at you.

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You’ll move your character around each area with the left analog stick or the D-Pad as you jump with the B button and use an axe with the Y button. Aim your firehose with the left or right analog stick and shoot with the ZR button. Time things right while jumping, and the firehose can also be used as a jetpack! This will allow you to reach higher areas. Always pay attention to your water tank so that you don’t find yourself in a tricky situation without enough water to get the job done.


The money you earn on the job can be used to improve your gear so that you have a better chance to survive and succeed. You could boost the water pressure for your firehose to increase shooting distance and jump height, boost the capacity of your water tank so that you can carry more water, or add a very expensive auto refill system that can drain humidity from the air to slowly refill your tank. There will be other upgrades to consider as you hire new staff to help out.

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You could, for example, get an infirmary upgrade so that some wounds are treated directly at the firehouse, thus lowering hospital bills, or increase the effectiveness of first aid kits found while exploring an area. To get more money, you’ll need to get more fans to follow your actions, as well as try to escape before being defeated so that you don’t end up having to cover some hospital bills!


Based on your performance, you’ll also be rewarded with a variety of medals. Said medals can be equipped before taking on a new mission in order to add some bonuses. Break 50 objects in a single mission, and you’ll receive a medal that allows you to get a bit more popular with every object you break. Rescue three survivors without receiving any damage, and you’ll get a huge medal that will allow you to regain health whenever you rescue a survivor! You can only equip one medal of each type at a time, so be sure to choose the right one for the job!

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At first, you’re going to explore several buildings on fire as you try to rescue the trapped survivors – and sometimes animals as well. You’ll need to pay attention to each room you visit since there will be fire monsters on the ground, walls, or ceiling to defeat them with water. There will also be fire bats that will try to burn you as soon as they see you, kamikaze fire monsters that dive at you and deal one heart of damage, and fire-breathing monsters that can deal a lot of damage. Along with the buildings on fire, there will also be trains on fire – and out of control! -or forests that are burning bright in which you must rescue animals and a survivor or two. There’s also an evil Fire Lord that seems to be behind it all. You’re going to have to collect 13 fire tomes to learn more about the Fire Lord so that you can have a shot at defeating it.

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Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX gives us the definitive version of the 2D roguelite experience on Nintendo Switch, with rebalanced gameplay, new content, new skill trees, and more. Given the game’s roguelite nature, this is not going to be for everyone, but if you give it a chance, you’ll find it has a fun gameplay loop. Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX is out on Nintendo Switch at a $17.99 price.

Disclaimer
This Firegirl: Hack’ n Splash Rescue DX review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Thunderful.

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