Emergency – You Are 911 In This Controlled Chaos

3.5 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 3.5/5

Thrilling challenge | Great disastrous scenarios | Nice strategy connected scenes

13 missions doesn't feel like enough | Some tedious stretches

Editor’s Note: AppleNApps and Apptudes are venturing into a new potential partnership, so both sites can bring you more of what you love. This review is reprinted with permission and written by Michelle Brown.

Be the head of emergency operations in Emergency, an iPad-only strategy game by Sixteen Tons Entertainment and Quadriga Games. Thirteen catastrophic events must be salvaged before it’s too late. The life of the victims depend on not only the paramedic, but the one giving the orders – which in this case, is you. Control a team of police, firemen, paramedics, and doctors as head chief to create a plan and mandate what should happen next to get rid of the given disaster. Complete a series of missions, earn bonus points, and unlock achievements in the shortest amount of time possible.

In an emergency, there’s no time to spare, as the situation can get quickly out of hand by setbacks such as rekindled fire breakouts and civilian deaths. The greatest aspect of Emergency is the adrenaline rush that comes with working each mission. The disastrous scenarios include a gas explosion, a burning submarine, and a terrorist attack on the president. Each level has a rundown involving different emergency vehicles that match the scene, such as helicopters and rescue boats. The birds-eye view of the game and very detailed graphics make the app intensely realistic and exciting during play.

Despite the thrilling challenge that the game offers, I found that it would be great if the zoom could zero in for a much closer view than what is allowed. I also became impatient when waiting for the emergency vehicles to drive to and from their destinations and wished they could pick up speed. The missions are so stimulating that thirteen doesn’t feel like enough, and I’d love to see a few more rescue levels to keep the adrenaline pumping even longer.

Emergency ($3.99, iPad) is a great iPad strategy title, mixing the world of micro strategy and crisis management into an engaging, intense experience. Perfect for fans of the genre, or gamers looking for a title where ending destruction and mayhem is the goal of the game – not creating it.


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