I hate titles where I feel so torn about their uniqueness and promise crashing up against the reality of their implementation, at least for launch. In principle, this is a fresh take on a platforming shooter, where you’re playing a young woman who has apparently followed in the footsteps of her deceased father to protect the people and property of her city from a series of decidedly unusual fires. You’ll jump into action with your hose, using your water as both the means to deal with fires and enemies, as well as for propelling you across fiery gaps or up to higher levels. Mechanically it doesn’t take much to get into the swing of things, and overall it can be satisfying when everything works. That said, there are just issues that make it feel less polished than it should. Inexplicable stutters are entirely too common, I’ve had it lock or crash a few times, and the difficulty of keeping moving and clearing missions just seems to vary pretty wildly. Certainly limitations to the breadth of activity are present, though new scenarios and adversaries do come into play, along with a bit of an odd plot that unfolds. The shame is I love the idea, and when everything clicks it can be fun, but it struggles just enough often enough that it makes it a tough one to recommend, at least without a really good patch or two.
Justin Nation, Score: