• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: May 27, 2008

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 12
  2. Negative: 9 out of 12
  1. Emergency Heroes is a lazy and repetitive open-world driving game that will bore even the younger audience that it's aimed at.
  2. If you're the parent of a five year-old boy, you can sit them in front of Emergency Heroes and leave the room, confident it's less graphically violent than an episode of The Archers. Just be aware that for anyone over five, it's also less thrilling.
  3. Emergency Heroes is a game that does show some glimpses of hope of what it could have been, but when all the parts are taken together it just doesn’t manage to cut it.
  4. Borderline shovelware -- but without that $20 price tag. I'd encourage you strongly to stay away from this game -- as a racing game, it has very little to offer. Cruising the city gets old quickly, and the multiplayer mode is about as exciting as the rest of the single-player game.
  5. And that was the kicker, after a game full of repetition, and boredom, a glitch was the final deal breaker. Here's hoping someone can come up with a competent emergency services game.
  6. 33
    It's the wide-ranging lack of polish that really damns Emergency Heroes to a forgettable existence, as the player vehicles have all the floaty steering and shaky physics of a shovelware budget title (but with twice the price tag), and I even managed to crash the game by falling through the ground during one mission.
  7. Are you a parent of a child who wants to be a fireman, rescuer or policeman and you don’t like it at all? Let him or her play Emergency Heroes and your problems become history. [Aug 2008]
  8. The game's instant appeal fades quickly. It's cheap but not particularly cheerful. [July 2008, p.86]
  9. More suited to a younger audience. It wears thin after a while, but cheap thrills can easily tempt you back. [Issue#25, p.77]
  10. Our emergency and rescue heroes deserve better than this.
  11. Emergency Heroes feels very rushed since there's just not much to it. The entire game took me approximately four hours from start to finish, and that’s four hours too many for something as generic and repetitive as this.
  12. 40
    Emergency Heroes is a below average game that is ultimately far too dull to be enjoyable.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    Had to leave a quick review for this game based on recent experience. It is definitely aimed at the younger generation so should be judged as such. I (age 30+(!) played this over Easter with my Nephew (age 6) and we both loved it. While my usual gaming comes from the likes of Metal Gear, God of War, Halo and Resident Evil etc. I started gaming in the 80's so am also coming at this from a retro gaming perspective.

    It plays like a mix of Burnout Paradise for kids with lots of influence from Chase HQ and maybe some Roadblasters too. The voice acting is passable and comes across like a Saturday morning cartoon. The vehicles are chunky and nicely designed, they even have some variation in the handling rather than an arbitrary visual upgrade to the vehicle, so you do feel like you are progressing and 'levelling up'. Sure its a bit repetitive (have you played chase HQ??) its a bit easy and the handling is like steering an RC rather than a high powered emergency vehicle,but you know what? We BOTH had great fun playing it.

    I got it cheap (Wouldn't have been worth full price) but can be picked up sub £5 ($5) now and I can definitely recommend it at that price, or as a rental, to have some good fun with the younger member of the family (as it also has some multi-player modes which are fun, even if just for a quick 10 minute blast.
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  2. Apr 20, 2011
    i didnt particularily like this game there is almost nothing to do once you beat the story line and it has an ending you can totally see coming from a mile away and the other play modes arent even that fun even if you are playing with a friend i am glad i didnt waste money on this and i got it for free because you can beat it and be done with it in one sitting if you really want to but it is hard to do that because after a little bit you cant play anymore because it just becomes a chore. the controls are hard and the steering is crap this game was defenatly ment for the younger generation but im not even sure they would find it fun. if you really want to play this rent it dont waste money on it Full Review »
  3. StephenM.
    Jun 26, 2008
    I see hardly anything good in this game. Driving is hard because handling is horrible, and once you get the hand of it, it's over. It's a very short game. Full Review »