My Hero: Firefighter

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Kids get thrills and fire safety lessons at the same time.

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Positive Messages

Every episode in the game is followed by a PSA-style safety message, spoken directly to the player. These messages range from "never play with fireworks" to "remind your parents to have their chimney cleaned annually."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The title kind of says it all -- these guys are heroes. They risk their lives for others, but they always do so in a safe and responsible manner.

Ease of Play

Steering the truck on the way to a fire is the most difficult part of the game. Luckily those segments don't last very long.

Violence & Scariness

There's an inherent scariness in the fires that are seen throughout the game. Flames flicker and flash when you're fighting them, but explosions and endangered people are generally only shown in comic panel-type still pictures.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Hero: Firefighter is a career simulation game puts kids in the role of a firefighter -- and into some harrowing situations in the process. The job of firefighter is inherently dangerous, so even though this game is aimed at younger children, parents should make sure their kids are capable of handling frightening fire imagery before letting them play. Outside of that, though, parents should know that this game is generally wholesome and pushes lots of very positive messages.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byJeffster21 October 6, 2016

Very good game

Amazing game. fires don't look realistic. Nobody dies or gets injured no swearing. I think it's great for 8 and up.

What's it about?

MY HERO: FIREFIGHTER puts players in the role of a rookie firefighter, first training in proper use of hoses, axes, and oxygen masks, and then going out on real emergency calls. Players will douse flames, locate people trapped in smoky buildings, and even rescue a cat from a tree. An overarching story about misused fireworks connects the thirteen missions into one larger through-line.

Is it any good?

Kids who fantasize about someday donning a red helmet and big rubber boots will find much to enjoy in the simulated firefighting of My Hero: Firefighter. All the essential elements are here -- using the ladder truck to rescue people from windows, breaking down doors to get to smoke-plagued people trapped inside buildings, and of course, using the fire hose. That last element appears most often in missions and is done quite well -- if you don't follow the instructions you received during training about the proper ways in which to attack a blaze, flames you douse will keep re-igniting before the entire fire is put out. The fire safety lessons that follow each mission are worked rather clumsily into the dialogue, but considering this is a game for young kids, the more obvious the moral, the better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the game's many important fire safety tips, any one of which would be a worthy topic of discussion for parents and children. Use the game as a jumping off point for safety lessons.

  • Parents can also choose to discuss gender roles in relation to the game. This particular game is obviously marketed toward boys. Can a girl be a hero firefighter as well? Could a girl play this game?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Majesco
  • Release date: November 17, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Violence
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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