Every wanted to know what it’s like to be a 911 operator? Then 911 Operator is probably the game for you if you’re patient enough to enjoy it.
Playing As A 911 Operator:
I have a new found respect for 911 operators out there. I know it’s hard job, but this game really lets you see what the job is about. It’s not a 100% take on what being a 911 operator is about, but it gets the basics right. It’s up to us as a 911 operator to decide which calls are important enough to send the police out to investigate because we only have a limited amount of policemen, fire trucks, and ambulances available to us. Am I going to send one of my fire rescue trucks out to save a cat from a tree or will I save that truck just in case someone gets hurt. Decisions like this pop up all the time in this game and it’s great. I really enjoyed the busywork and it kept me on my toes the entire time.
The graphical style in this game is really simple. I was staring at a blue map the entire time I was playing this game. There is no elaborate city view, or enhanced policemen models to look at in this game. It’s just a blue grid with multiple symbols. The symbols range from your standard policemen to the various different missions that I had to complete in order to advance on to the next map.
Using your ears is important in this game. I recommend playing with headphones because you can get small clues by listening to the background of the person that you’re talking to on the phone. It’s a nice concept, but poorly executed because half the time I knew whether or not I would send any cops out to investigate a crime. The 911 operator doesn’t sound bad, but all of the voice is a bit generic.
Do you remember that big blue map I talked about? At first I was having fun with this game because it was new and I’ve never played as a 911 operator before, but once that excitement faded away I realized how repetitive this game is. I did the exact same thing on every map and that’s watch as my units traveled from one part of the big, blue map to the other to solve crimes. Some times crimes would pop up all the time and there’s no way to solve them all, but I stopped caring after awhile because this game works more as concept than a actual game. It’s a really neat idea that lacks execution and could use some polish in the area that counts the most.
Every Map Plays Out The Exact Same Way:
As I played I eventually unlocked new units to send out into the field. I had a helicopter that I used for the really serious crimes and I eventually gave my policemen access to better gear to take out into the field, but other then that there’s not much to do other then what I mentioned above.
911 Operator is a interesting game that lets us play as the cops for once, but some more thought should have gone into the gameplay segments because it’s really repetitive. It’s a neat idea that puts us into the shoes of a 911 operator, but it’s more busywork then fun and will only appeal to a very niche crowd.