Tortuga Episode 1
Tortuga Episode 1 is an escape-the-room game set on a pirate ship; the first installment of a series, from Mateusz Skutnik and Marek Frankowski, that promises to be adventuresome, if not epic. Parrots, treasure, peril and puzzle awaits those intrepid enough to brave the pirate ship.
You navigate the screen by parsing your mouse cursor over things and then clicking with the left mouse button—when the cursor turns into a hand, go ahead and click. The words "go back" will appear below the screen when clicking will take you back to a wider view. Otherwise, you're free to explore, poking around for clues and items that can aid your escape. Unlock the door and get past that bloody pirate and you win. Simple, short and sweet.
Analysis: Tortuga is a solid room escape game with iconic graphics dancing on the boundary between cartoon and painting, and fairly clever puzzle design. The clues can be a bit obscure at times, but the pirate motif keeps things coherent. The tension of why you're trapped in this room is added to by the apparent richness of the setting and the promise of further narrative in subsequent chapters. The potential for later versions of the series, as the creators get better at puzzle design, writing, and staging tension, could make this a gem in the genre.
Avast at last,
Cheers to Clandestino and Marly for sending this one in! =)