Received: September 30th, 2015 / Written: October 8th-9th, 2016
Year: 1994 | Developed and Published by: Human Entertainment | [|O|]
Hello everyone, StarBoy91 here; passionate about video games, big retrophile, and fan of all things 16-bit.
Last Summer (2015) I tried something new--import without importing--that is I ordered some NTSC SNES repro carts of games which originally were Japan-only until the fan-translated ROMs were translated to NTSC (or PAL) repro carts. The first two I tried were Lenar's Ganpuru: Gunman's Proof and Polestar's Magical Pop'n, both of which I found to be really fun and enjoyable hidden gems. =)
The dark orange title on the top of the cart is a nice touchEager for more NTSC SNES repro cart action the third one I decided to tackle after years of curiosity was Human Entertainment's The Firemen, their second disaster game on the Nintendo 16-bit after the Poseidon Adventure-based Septentrion (retitled SOS in America by Vic Tokai, not to be confused with either Namco's 1980 arcade game of the same name or Zeppelin Games' action/puzzler Sink or Swim), which was released on the Super Famicom on September 9th, 1994 in Japan; it was also released in Europe and Australia but there are conflicting reports as to when it actually came out in those regions (some sites say it came out in 1994 like in Japan but The Cutting Room Floor states that the PAL treatment came out in March 1995). For NTSC gamers sometimes repro carts derive from games released in Europe, which is the case here. Like Gunman's Proof it cost me $50 to purchase the repro cart of The Firemen... but was it worth it?
During a party at the Microtech chemical company building (designed by architect Frank Weller) on Christmas Day 2010 (oh God, it's happened already!) a great big fire has broken out and is starting to become increasingly volatile. Enter Pete Grey and Danny McClean, two experienced firemen who've been commemorated for their past heroic firefighting deeds, accompanied by the secondary team comprising of Walter and Max (sometimes sharing and being shared intel with communications expert Winona) who must extinguish and douse out as many fires as they can throughout the building, save the people who are still inside, and remove the highly dangerous and explosive chemical called MDL from the basement so as to avoid a bigger disaster than they are already in. You'll have to pull through and be highly alert if you wish to save Christmas.
|Watch out for exploding pipes|
|Ducking down from fire, fighting fire, and dodging|
|With so much smog you'd think Smaug was here|
|Strafing is the way to go here|
|Awww, takes me back to the moment when Alen|
was fending off against enemies coming from all
angles on a central platform launched by Garstein
in Alcahest; good times! <=)
|Beware of caving ceilings|
|Crawling in the ventilation system|
I wish you the best of luck on this one should you attempt itOn Practice mode when you beat the game you'll be challenged to try Normal mode, and once you've done with that you'll not only see both ending and credits but also be rated on your performance as firefighter and be tasked to challenge Expert mode; during the title screen press up, down, X, X, R, L, A and when input correctly Pete's death moan will be heard accompanied by the "Expert" disclaimer that pops up. On this mode you begin with one water bomb, and for the most part it's largely the same but the catch is that rescuing people will not refill your health in this mode, you'll take more damage, and there are no continues. So if you wish to survive The Firemen on the hardest mode all the way you're going to have to be really good here.
|That's a lovely fountain room right there|
With fan-translations there are so many resources by your side that you can rely on, but here's the thing: The Firemen wasn't a product of fan-translation, it was translated in its heyday for Europe... English-speaking PAL gamers were exposed to this poor translation... I feel so embarrassed for them. =( What happened? You'd think the translation was rushed. I can't imagine an SNES game translated even worse than thi---
Image from Wikipedia; tediously longwinded and highly overrated turn-based RPGoh wait, yes I can! =<
|Somehow, someway, Human managed to|
incorporate a fire salamander in a firefighting
video game; kudos! =)
|I guess you could say this is a real Nightmare Before|
Christmas, ehhh? ......... =|
I'll see myself out now
|Because security robots are a thing here, sure,|
|This game may have a lot of fans, but I'm not|
one of them
My Personal Score: 7.0/10
<( ^o^)^TO EACH THEIR OWN^(^o^ )>
P.S. If I wanted to play a game where I can both strafe and crawl (either alternatively or simultaneously) I'll stick with Ganpuru: Gunman's Proof, thank you very much! It's a better title all around and a ton of feel-good fun. =D
P.S. 2 I know I gave a lot of games 7 out of 10 this year, but that doesn't bother me.
P.S. 3 Irrelevant, but some of the best movies I saw in theatres this year were Kung Fu Panda 3, Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, The Shallows, Finding Dory, Kubo and the Two Strings, Pete's Dragon 2016, and Deepwater Horizon in my book. =) I wonder what other theatrical movies will make my list this year?
P.S. 4 I know it's early for this game that takes place during Christmas to be reviewed during October; at one point I was going to wait until December but I decided to take care of it right away, I figured I may as well.
Thank you for reading my review, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Hope you have a great Halloween, take care! =)