"Follow the white rabbit." Now where have I heard that one before? Sorry, but it's not The Matrix this time. It's better! It's Trapped Part 1: The White Rabbit — the first installment of a trilogy of point-and-click adventure games from Rodrigo Roesler of Rabbit Tell.
The game is an interesting twist on your standard point-and-click. While you still use found items to solve puzzles and escape the house in which you are trapped, Trapped trades in the standard first person view for a pseudo-3D isometric third person perspective. The story is nothing new: you wake up in a room next to a dead guy and you have to escape the house. Use your clicking finger and your puzzling skills to collect items and combine items, and to get out.
Analysis: As with many Flash escape games, the story is certainly not the high point of the game. However, the game does have some great features. The puzzles are quite odd while still maintaining some sense of logic. Thankfully, all of the objects are findable and have a purpose, and none have to be combined randomly. The puzzles are very difficult, but all have solid logic behind a solution. The interface is a bit annoying at first, since you have to click twice to get an object and then click another button to drop it, but can be streamlined through keyboard shortcuts. The only real problem I had with the game was the size, as it is a bit small. This size is probably necessary to fit the isometric view, but causes a little bit of squinting after a while. On the other hand, there is no pixel-hunting required, since the cursor indicates when you hover over a clickable object.
My favorite part of the game is the extensive behind-the-scenes look Rodrigo provides in the "About" section. Can you guess how long he has been working on it? If you knew, you would understand how he has managed to make it run so smoothly. Rodrigo has been working on this first game for a long time, and I can't wait to play parts 2 and 3. Until then, will you take the red pill, or the blue pill? Or you can just play Trapped Part 1: The White Rabbit.
Cheers to Hana, Dg, Cris, and John for sending this one in! =)