Rescue HQ - The Tycoon

Review

Every big city in the world needs very well-run emergency services in order to protect their citizens, their infrastructures and even the city’s landmarks against any potentially devastating events (a high-stress job, to say the least). By the same token, it’s a position that brings great reputation and serious amount of money if you are talented at it.  What a surprise! You have spotted two incredible opportunities in the global job executive newspaper! Are you going to take the Berlin or San Francisco position? Eeny meeny miny moe, it’s going to be tough and full of emergencies. Welcome to Rescue HQ – The Tycoon!

Rescue HQ – The Tycoon is a simulation/management game developed by stillalive studios, published by Aerosoft GmBH, released on Steam on the 28th of May 2019.

There are two scenarios available to you in two difficulties (normal or hardcore) and one sandbox. The difference between the normal and hardcore difficulties are the restrictions that are imposed at the start of the game. If you want to build and have fun without restrictions, just jump on the sandbox mode.



Depending on which scenario you’ll go for, you’ll be starting with a sum of cash (anything from $80,000 to $150,000). From here, you meet the Mayor; a weird bald guy with a beard, an odd-shaped face and a wicked sense of humour. He is the one who will give you tasks and grant you additional facilities, staff and goodies when you successfully complete these missions.

I would strongly recommend starting the game with the suggested scenario. You’ll start with a small, fully built emergency HQ which incorporates only a small fire unit with a truck. The mayor will keep throwing you tasks to achieve along with reputation points in order to gain access to new services (police and ambulance) and to add new items for your rooms (or constructions). There are 12 rooms which you can build in this game, from the garage (where all your service vehicles are located) to the kitchens, lockers, toilets and more. You’ll need to make sure you have adequate facilities in order for both your daytime and night-time shift-workers to feel comfortable and be capable of responding to all emergency situations at any given time.

For that, you’ll have to make sure you have good office staff and enough applicants for you to choose from for each of the three service departments. You’ll be playing on a 24-hour cycle (day and night). Each time there is a shift change, you’ll be notified; you can decide to make one or more of your employees work a double shift, but it will take a toll on their health, so make sure you hire people for both the day and night shifts (assuming that you have enough money).

Money and reputation points will flow pretty easily if you can respond swiftly to emergencies. This is pretty easy early on in the game, as you have only one department to contend with. But as the game progresses, you‘ll be dealing with emergencies that require combining two or three services in order to successfully complete it. On top of that, you’ll have to produce specific items to increase your chances of successfully containing these emergencies. This is where reputation points come handy. As you successfully complete a task, you gain reputation points. With these points, you’ll be able to buy or produce new items for each department. The trick is to use these points properly. What do I mean by that? Well, the Mayor will give you a target to achieve in order to unlock the next set of items, and you must reach the specific number of points to access these unlocks. But wait for it . . . events will arise in the city for which you’ll need specific items.  Now it will be a fine line deciding which of these items you’ll choose, and to make sure you have enough points to unlock the next important upgrades and still make money.

I must say that I was totally hooked with this game - it’s challenging and funny!

Good polygon graphics and an absolute cracker of a soundtrack (if they played that type of music at the local hospital, police and fire stations, I’d want a job there straight away - let me tell you, these are funky dudes!). In terms of settings there are plenty of options available to you. The game runs very well and I’ve had no issues whatsoever.


Positives

+ Good graphics
+ Fabulous and funky soundtracks
+ Fun and addictive gameplay
+ Slightly more challenging in the Hardcore mode
+ Achievement and trading cards

Negatives

- A bit repetitive

Review Summary

Get ready to answer all emergencies in your city! You’ll be in charge, in Rescue HQ- The Tycoon.

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Zeepond Rating: 8/10

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