Out 2: Out of File
Out 2: Out of File is the sequel to the room escape game Out File #01 by Isomura Kai of Tonakai Interactive. The story picks up after escaping the room in the first game and walking through a long winding cave. Now you find yourself in an underground complex filled with computers and machinery with no way to make it to the surface. The game was released a few weeks ago in Japanese but how has an English translation.
Just like its predecessor, Out 2 features a lot of little innovations that really set it apart from the pack. Many puzzles pull you out of the standard point-click-solve mindset and let you interact with the game more directly. You'll have to edge down a cliff, use a stylus to operate computers, even aim and fire a rocket launcher later on. They're almost like miniature arcade sequences, yet they require no special dexterity skills (fortunately).
In your quest to find a way out of this place you'll need to activate machines, swipe data cards, assemble items, locate keys, and solve puzzles on four computer consoles. None of it is as easy as it sounds. Out 2 boasts a fairly high level of difficulty, so don't expect to sail through the game without running into a snag or two (or... well... twelve). To make matters more tense, there are a few places in the game where you can actually die, though the game is fairly forgiving and allows you to restart from your previous location a few times.
Another outstanding aspect of Out 2 is its dramatic presentation. Although the graphics are minimalist they have a very polished, professional feel to them. Well-used sound effects add to the experience and make the game feel like an interactive spy movie.
Analysis: I was really impressed with the overall production values of Out 2: Out of File. The graphics and sounds, as mentioned above, are used extraordinarily well to increase the dramatic atmosphere. Puzzles aren't just A + B = C, and right when you think you've solved something you've really only scratched the surface. The difficulty can be frustrating at times, but in the end you won't regret a moment you spent playing the game. Out 2 is a remarkably well-done room escape game with a polished presentation and intricate puzzles to solve. Grit your teeth and give it a go. Play.
Cheers to Emdf for alerting us that the English version had just been released! =)