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Subject: Rediscovering: The Ignition Factor
The Ignition Factor is an unremarkable game, but for some reason it has stuck in my mind for nearly 20 years since its release on the Super Nintendo.  It's a fireman sim, with some competent graphics and challenging gameplay.

[Image: http://nfgworld.com/grafx/games/Ignif-1.png]

You're a fireman tasked with saving the world!  Or at least, people and/or property.  You have a few inventory slots where you can carry things like different extinguishers, rope, found items, etc.  Different kinds of fire require different extinguishers, and some hazards can be overcome with special items, either stocked before the stage or found during play.

[Image: http://nfgworld.com/grafx/games/Ignif-botans.png]

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The first thing that I noticed about Ignition Factor is the controls.  They're a little unwieldy, and by that I mean they're gonna punish you for not being careful with your play.  The biggest thing that gets me toasted regularly is running: double-click a direction to run, makes sense, and it's a tried and true technique in many games, even now.

But the double-click mechanism is fucked up.  A normal double-click, the kind we're used to with our mouse and operating systems, and all games ever, is a short click followed by another one of any length.   cl-click!  Got it.

Ignition factor is any length of click followed by a quick release, and then any length of click again.  What this means, in practice, is if you're walking across a room surrounded by hazards, release the pad for a moment and then resume walking, you'll launch into a sprint.

Worse, it will keep running until you press another direction, even if you release the pad.  So you walk, hesitate a moment, sprint towards certain death, panic and release the d-pad and you're still gonna fry.  It's a massive pain in the ass and the single biggest frustration for me.

[Image: http://nfgworld.com/grafx/games/Ignif-2.png]
I may have doctored the text a little...
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