At first, Muse Games’ Embr reminded me of noisy slapstick comedy titles such as Overcooked and Tarsier Games’ excellent The Stretchers. This is the turmoil of the firefighting genocide focused on bright and colorful multiplayer, and is also a satirical view of the state of capitalism in the 21st century.Weird physics, ridiculous voice actors, ridiculous stage layouts, and screaming upgrades “All this will be more fun than anything else!” But in reality it’s all a little damp squib.

The first thing I need to mention about this Embr switch port is that in a 6-day trial, I couldn’t find exactly two or more online games to join, both with only one other player in the lobby. It wasn’t. Yes, you can arrange to play 4 players with a few friends who own the switch. There is no split-screen local multiplayer here, but judging from our experience, the quickest and easiest option to find someone else to party at Embr is absolutely bust. Both the PC and Xbox versions (and assuming the Stadia version) support cross-platform play, but the Switch version doesn’t have this feature, which can be a big blow to the experience.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to play Embr in multiplayer. All its stages can be completed solo. This is the way we were left to go through this stage, but if left to charge only in a burning building, it obviously loses much of what causes a properly chaotic laugh. increase. When it doesn’t have the stupidity of others around to help you ignore them, its various flaws become more apparent and begin to grate more than entertain.

Digging into a firefighting career solo as a soldier reveals three different areas of the city. Each area has a handful of “clients” from Inferno until they escape a mission to escape from a handful of “several towers and a few (quite terrible) boss battles.

Earn stars by completing missions in Embr. You need a certain amount of stars to advance to a higher level of excursion. Overall, it took about 3 hours to get through all the levels here. This would have been a bit short, especially if you hadn’t spent a lot of time suffering from encountering a frustrating boss. Inaccurate control of the game. Slap a sneaky Canadian with a fiery barrel from the range of this game is a complete takeaway.

It’s a basic framework, but not completely negative teeth It will ring here. There are enough missions — especially at budget prices — and when you defeat it for the first time, each unlocks a variety of different ways of playing. The first pass through the building may be a rescue attempt, but before it collapses, rescue as much as possible from the building, rescue special objects for the client, and go back in mode to deliver food to Inferno. You can choose, or burn the house while wiping out the toxic barrels. They’re all very similar and no doubt, but I’m sure we’ve knocked out a lot of fun then if we were playing with our peers.

There is also a decent selection of upgrades and cosmetics that you can buy from the in-game store with the money you earn to make a successful sortie. You can upgrade the output of the hose and get ice accelerators, deployable sprinklers, crushing axes, grappling hooks, jump pads, slides, parachutes and trampolines. However, in reality, most of these fun little add-ons have little or no real benefit once you get inside the building (when the fire gets worse). The only realistic option I’ve found here is to get the client or item. Ignore the flames as soon as possible and get in and out with minimal effort.

Maybe it was because I was playing solo, but if I spent extra time at this level, it ended in failure. Very few Instead of actual fire extinguishing activities, move quickly, use the client finder to locate people at risk and whip them as soon as possible. In the game, it feels like you don’t really have enough time to calm down and enjoy the stupid physics of tools and play. It can also be unnecessarily frustrating, as inaccurate control can be a bit painful to climb stairs, lift and place objects, and overcome dangers. Yes, it’s fun to lay down a ladder and see it fall, but because the character can’t reliably climb the stairs, it plunges into the ground outside the building in a double-decker … yeah, so many is not.

There are also some other dangers introduced during the game (for example, toxic clouds that can be cleared by using fans or opening windows, or electrical obstacles that need to be blocked at the source). You can do most of these, get hits and avoid solving simple puzzles at hand. It ridicules imbalances — these are Instagram scenarios, or at least you should take away so much health that you don’t dare barge them by choice.

Again, typing this makes me feel like I’ve missed a lot of potential fun that I could have enjoyed here because I was forced to play completely solo. A situation that makes laughter illegal. As long as Embr’s online multiplayer aspect is bust, it’s hard to say because it’s hard to really recommend getting it, and that’s a shame. Played solo, this is an often forgotten, rather frustrating experience, just not being together in the way it should be.


Embr can be a fun time, a slapstick slaughter with friends, a decent amount of missions to blow up, and lots of locks in mode to keep you and your first responder party busy Provides unlocking and variations. However, with Switch, this possibility is almost completely unrealized because the online component of the game is bust. Gather some friends who own the switch to set up a match. You can find some fun here, but there is no cross-play and this is very difficult to recommend on the Nintendo console, given the frustration of some other gameplay.