Ever wanted to live out your dreams being in the emergency services? Well, keep dreaming, because Flashing Lights won’t be able to fulfil those desires. However, the gameplay might be able to give you a few laughs, on your own or with friends. Flashing Lights is a game which enables you to play as either the Police, Fire Service or a Paramedic. Or at least…you can try; depends if you can get past the glitches and bugs this game also carries with it.Ar
Developers: Nils Jakrins
Mr Jakrins created Flashing Lights for the sole purpose of simulating the hard work of the emergency service, and I can tell you it is hard work, not in the way you think it should be.
Firstly, you start the game which your able to choose which service you wish to participate in; Police, Firefighter or Ambulance service. Each service provides different challenges and tasks that each service can respond to. There is also a very small customisation option of your characters at the start, but more clothing and equipment is unlocked as you progress and improve your stats as you complete more responses. I found that some services were harder than others; The Police service is one of the coolest because you chase criminals and stun fleeing suspects, but it can be difficult to perform the actions, even more so when the game is glitching constantly. After missing my taser shots and eventually having to trap my suspect between a wall and my car, I called for back up to take him away. But the response bugged and it was stuck at some permanent red lights. The other services are a lot easier to play as, and don’t glitch as much, but as the fire service you are rescuing cats from trees. If a service isn’t for you however, you can swap between them in-game.
It’s not the smoothest of gameplays, even for a game in early access. Most of the bugs and glitches that occur are more collisions with the textures, but it’s not just restricted to offline play. Flashing Lights can also be played online, filled with both enthusiastic, serious gamers, and those who just want a laugh. It’s a mixed bunch of players but generally the mood is good and the servers run ok.
Overall gameplay wise, it can be a little repetitive. That’s why it’s always good to switch up the roles of the different services, but even still, it can seem a little tedious. The camera angles are bizarre as well for 3rd person perspective; it’s hard to explain but it’s almost disorientating to use, and even more so when in a vehicle.
The animations are quite funny to watch as well. Jumping looks like your character has vaulted over an invisible hurdle, only the hurdle is about 5 meters high. It is well thought through though, in terms of how each of the responses are tailored and well thought out for each service, as well as the placement of the equipment within each service as well. It’s one of those games that although it’s quite badly made, it’s hilarious to play, even with its bugs and glitches. Would recommend playing this with friends from time to time. Could create some really funny moments.
Audio and Visuals
In terms of looks, Flashing Lights doesn’t bring a lot of eye-catching visuals to its streets. The scenery, roads and buildings are very blocky, lacking much if any detail to them. I think the most detail they have implemented into the game’s visuals is with the different uniforms and equipment. The same story runs with the audio; very basic needs are met, as long as the sirens whine and the radio static are loud enough, then apparently that is all that matters.
Won’t exactly fill that void you’ve been looking for when playing an emergency service simulator, but it’s a start. Flashing Lights will provide a short but hilarious insight into being part of the forces you play as, with alone or with friends. If you don’t mind the animations and surroundings being an eyesore.
999, what's your emergency? Flashing Lights races to the scene in a fun, but developing game. With a few issues, it's far from done.
- Good fun with friends
- Good groundwork for improvement
- Online play
- Low graphics quality
- A lot of bugs