Emergency Cheats And Tips
Become the hero of the hour with our beginner's guide.
If you read our Emergency review earlier today, you'll know that we were rather taken with Serious Games Solutions' ridiculously dramatic disaster rescue title. Inspired by our own acts of heroism in-game, we've put together a short beginner's guide on how to become the hero of the hour.
Take a moment to look over each scene before you start. As a general rule, you want to get a fire engine on any accessible building as soon as possible to prevent the danger spreading further. After that, see if there are any obstacles in the way. If so, send your tow-truck in to clear any vehicles that are blocking emergency access, then use your police officers to shoo away onlookers.
Once you have the situation under control and it can't worsen, put your rescue plans into place. Don't forget that whenever you rescue someone from danger, they'll need medical attention.
Getting people to hospital is a three-stage process that's very easy to lose track of while you fight the more apparent dangers. First, a medic has to attend until the victim's health bar is green. Next, you need to send in the stretcher-bearers and return the patient to the ambulance. The ambulance won't then leave until you've instructed it to. Be sure to keep track of all three stages if you want to avoid losing control of the overall situation.
Blues and twos
One you've selected a unit, any objects or people they can interact with will be highlighted in a light, flashing blue. You'll need to choose the right tool for the right job, so firemen will need to use their jaws-of-life to access vehicles, hoses to fight smaller fires, and you'll also need special ladder-bearing trucks to reach people stuck in burning buildings.
Tow-trucks won't be able to move any vehicles that still contain people, and getting the right vehicle out of the way at the right time can be vital to success.
It's all about the timing
With practice you should gain an intuitive feeling for how long each particular step of an emergency worker's process lasts. Once you've set a unit in action, get to know how much time you have to attend to another area of the disaster zone before having to return to give them further instructions.
Keep your eye on the ball
You've usually got some breathing space to get people to hospital once they've been resuscitated and placed in the ambulance, but an extinguished fire can easily be re-ignited if you don't then focus a hose unit on an adjacent object that's blazing away!
Keeping the danger under control will buy you enough time to complete the finer points of victim recovery. Lose sight of the bigger threat though, and it can all spiral out of control extremely quickly.