Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue Reviews

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue is ranked in the 23rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
4 / 10.0
Jul 9, 2022

Gameplay is well thought out, but unfortunately not fantastically executed. In addition to extinguishing fires, the story also has little to no depth. That's why Firegirl gets a 4.

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5 / 10
Dec 19, 2021

While Firegirl has more than a few singed edges, there’s definitely potential here. The visual style, an evocative combination of 3D world and 2D pixel art characters, is very easy on the eye and the core concept is solid. If Dejima Games are given the time to patch out the bugs, fiddle with the balancing and smooth out the plot pacing, Firegirl will be a good game eventually. Right now though, it’s distinctly average.

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5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2022

A player will rely on their gained knowledge and skill to beat the timer and is left with a rush of relief and feeling of success. However in Firegirl there is no set-up and the game quickly devolves into frustration because of a disorienting layout, repetitive gameplay and the occasional bug or visual glitch. While there's definitely an idea here it seems that Firegirl is unable to escape this Switch port unscathed.

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5 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2022

With more time in development and tweaks here and there to its overall design, Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX could really have been something. As things currently stand however, the superb premise, gorgeous visuals and compelling platforming roguelike gameplay all feel stifled under the weight of some really nasty game breaking bugs that make the game almost impossible to play for any decent period of time. A real shame.

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5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2021

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue would have a lot of potential, but at present it has too many problems to be enjoyable.

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5.5 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2022

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX is kindling; easily combustible and not much else. A platformer that makes platforming impossible at times. It also wants to borrow from roguelikes and Metroidvanias, but ends up taking all the wrong elements from them. Firegirl feels repetitive well before it should, including a camera that frustrates and leads to cheap deaths. The art of Firegirl is excellent. The 2D-HD made me feel like I was sitting in the living room of my parents house and I was nine years old again. But that's nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

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Jul 25, 2022

Firegirl: Hack n Splash Rescue DX is fun, but only when you get past a frustrating initial hump. It suffers from balance issues with its progression and economy. It may be a push that many players are unwilling to grind through.

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3 / 5.0
Jan 31, 2022

Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue has some issues, but it also has its fair share of moments where it really shines. I adore the protagonist and the world she inhabits, their charm and personality untouched by the devastating flames. I enjoy the game’s unique concept and gameplay, a completely new experience in both the 2D platforming and roguelike genres. So while the mechanics might not be the most finely-tuned at the moment and the learning curve perhaps a bit steep, Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue has the potential to become better refined in the coming months. Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue certainly brings the heat; after a few updates, it might be safe enough to go back into the kitchen.

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Dec 13, 2021

Firegirl: Hack ’n Splash Rescue is a gorgeous game, as the 2D sprites against 3D backdrops go really well together. The core gameplay of putting out fires and combating the various monsters is really fun, as is engaging with the metagame that drives the upgrades. But the repetition and lack of variety in the levels is very draining and tiresome. Future content patches could address these concerns, but until then I advise caution. Firegirl: Hack ’n Splash Rescue has a solid foundation, but the over-reliance on repetition and grinding is not as enjoyable as it should be.

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Jul 15, 2022

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX is a super-fun and unique game but its frustration factor can be high, especially if you're a perfectionist.

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6 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2022

Firegirl could be an inspiration for young players, but the overall weak presentation, glitches, cheap visuals and especially the price probably won't convince you to buy the game.

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6 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2021

There’s a lot to like about Firegirl, but it’s not free of issues. You’ll undoubtedly grin with glee whenever you’re lucky enough to successfully complete a run, having rescued all survivors. But chances are you’ll come across insurmountable frustrations more often than not, bringing your time with the game to a grinding halt. Continually upgrading Firegirl‘s abilities certainly helps, but the mechanics need a bit of tweaking before this is as enjoyable as it deserves to be.

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3 / 5.0
Dec 25, 2021

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue isn't necessarily a hot mess or a dumpster fire, but it is a rather unstable experiment made of promising elements that went up in smoke. The basic platforming and firefighting action is enjoyable enough, but the rest of the possible enjoyment is buried under a mound of RNG, bad procedurally-generated levels and a lack of good progression. Unless you're up for a big challenge, this is one title likely to leave you cold instead.

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6 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2022

This means, unfortunately, Firegirl: Hack ’n Splash Rescue is still a work in progress. All of the right elements are here, but they’re not coalescing into what should be the optimal firefighting experience. I truly believe there is a great game buried somewhere within the lines of code that brings it all together. We just got to hold onto hope that Dejima Games will be able to find it.

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65 / 100
Dec 15, 2021

The core gameplay is fun, but the constant and unrelenting fists of failure really put a damper on things. Some of the issues I found with Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash could be improved with more polishing. However, others might take a little more work.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2022

Overall though, Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue DX is a fun little rogue-like / lite that can easily net you half a dozen hours to complete the main story before sticking around for more. With easy to pick up controls, especially with the PS5’s locking shoulders which makes shooting water that much more precise, if you’ve been looking for a bit of a challenge but not one that will cause you to rage quit, this could be the one for you.

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7 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2022

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX is an imperfect but interesting roguelite on Nintendo Switch. The premise is promising, and it's even entertaining, though performance on the console could be improved. Its length can make certain levels repetitive.

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7 / 10.0
Jan 13, 2022

Overall Firegirl: Hack ‘n Splash Rescue is a fun but short experience that I enjoyed my time with. I do wish there was a bit more variance in how many different stages there are but still this was just a small issue I had with it. If you like roguelites and want to play something for a few hours then pick this up. It is a fun action game if you don’t go in expecting a grand story or a super long game.

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7.5 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2022

Firegirl: Hack 'n Splash Rescue DX manages to be an incredibly fun and original action platformer. Now more improved, the game's challenges are demanding and fair, leaving that desire to play “just one more time” with each failure or victory. There's still more variety and fixes for this fire rescue game to be a must-see, but it's certainly a good suggestion for lovers of the genre who also enjoy a roguelite.

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JVL
Kikitoès
Top Critic
15 / 20
Dec 17, 2021

Firegirl is a real good little rogue-lite. If its context and gameplay are rather atypical, its structure is very classic. On the other hand, it's so well done that we don't care and the formula is addictive as much as possible. Plus, with its procedurally generated missions that flare up in minutes, Firegirl is the perfect candidate for intense on-the-go gaming sessions.

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