Embr is an action-adventure game developed and published by Muse Games for Nintendo Switch. Released in August 2020, Embr combines elements of platforming, puzzle-solving and combat, as you try to help everyday people in the fictional city of Willburg. Playing as a Firefighter and using a fire extinguisher as your main tool, you must rescue locals from raging fires, resolve conflicts between feuding factions and perform minor odd jobs like home deliveries. With its charming art style and innovative game mechanics, Embr has earned critical acclaim from both fans and critics alike.
The gameplay of Embr is divided into two main parts: exploring the city of Willburg on foot or in vehicles for odd jobs, and battling raging fires inside buildings. The control scheme can take a bit of getting used to; it combines platforming controls like jumping with more RPG-style inventory management using the triggers. In order to explore the city effectively, you need to be able to move quickly while controlling your inventory. But once you get used to it, the controls become intuitive.
Battling fires is where Embr really shines. You’ll have access to powerful fire extinguishers and water tanks that you can use to put out flames. You’ll also have access to various tools like ladders, axes and even fire grenades that will help you tackle each blaze more efficiently. On top of that, there are also environmental hazards like collapsing floors or heated pipes that present their own unique challenges.
Graphics & Art Style
The art style of Embr is one of its biggest highlights; the cartoonish visuals give the game a lighthearted feel despite all the chaos happening around you as you fight fires or deliver food for needy citizens. The vibrant colors also allow for a great visual