Can you Escape – Adventure is another installment of the popular set of games Can you Escape where you are put into different surroundings, dependent on the theme, and are set to search for clues that lead to your freedom outside of each individual room.
When you begin, you start in a room where a character asks for your help to move forward and find clues to move out. This allows you to gauge how the functionality of the game works, as well as the mental processes involved in solving these puzzles.
Each room or area is unlike the next,with the only similarity being that you need to look for clues to get you the key to unlock the doors. There are what I describe as a bunch of little mini puzzles making up a larger puzzle. Usually you will see a theme, like animals, patterns, or symbols that you can correlate with each other. The ultimate goal is to put these pieces together to find the key that unlocks the door into the next room.
Working on a smaller screen (roughly 2 x 3.5”) made it difficult in some rooms, especially the darker areas, as at a certain point I would just start tapping across all areas of the screen hoping I would select a new area. I found that sometimes when you would tap on a column on the front left of the screen’s image, and you wanted to inspect something just past that, you couldn’t. It would either be unresponsive (meaning there was nothing to see), or it would take you to the next closest “active area”. It makes sense to limit the areas you can go to, so you’re not just aimlessly looking around in these areas, but the sensitivity for the areas you can tap isn’t consistent throughout the levels. Sometimes it would encompass half of the right side, when others it just applied to one box. Having a larger, or perhaps higher res screen may help with this.
This particular version of this game only had 15 levels, which was kind of a let down, as the levels got more and more challenging, and when you would finally move to the next room, I would think, “okay, just one more!” I finished the game in probably 1.5 hours of play over two days. The developer did have the option of hints, which were free. This would basically link you directly to a (I’m assuming their) YouTube page of the specific level you were on for a video walk through. Since I was playing the free app, there were advertisements that displayed while the video was loading, which would only begin if you instigated the video. Some would pause the game, and others were directly on the youtube channel. There were no IAPs in this game, so it was nice to not have any interruptions, especially when I was deep in thought on some of the levels.
This specific game has many installments with varying themes, which is exciting, as you may not get bored opening up hotel doors, or digging up rocks (like this version). I do wish there were more levels for this specific style, but there are always the other versions.
Overall, The game-play was challenging, sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding when you completed a level and moved on. You are interacting with different concepts like image similarity, pattern repetition and memorization to name a few. Having a larger, higher resolution screen may help in some of the darker or more ornate levels, however if you’re looking for a somewhat challenging time waster, this series of games is where it’s at. I may not keep this exact version of the game on my phone, but I will be playing other “Can you Escape” series, as they offer unique, and fun ways to keep your brain active while wasting time.
Can You Escape – Adventure Review: I did!
-May need larger/higher res screen
-Controls are difficult on a smaller screen