Every week we search high and low to find the best escape game to give our readers a lovely mid-week escape from, well, whatever is stressing them out this particular week. Although it's nice to discover new designers and new talent, it is especially gratifying when one of the more popular designers weigh in with something new. Yes, 58 Works, creators of Cottage and Solitude have come up with a new, classic one room escape. Welcome to Escapers Final!
Blue arrows and bars allow you to move around the space and investigate all the nooks and crannies of this beautiful room. Unfortunately, there is no changing cursor, so there will be some pixel hunting involved. Double click on items in your inventory to examine them in close up, especially some items which can be combined or manipulated in different ways. There's no music, so no mute button. And no save feature, either. However, like all of 58 Works games, you should be able to logic your way out in a reasonable amount of time.
58 Works games may not be the most difficult escapes out there, but they are always unique, clever, and fun, and Escapers Final is no exception. Lots of amusing but not too tough puzzles, and a really enjoyable way to waste some time trying to find your way out of the proverbial locked room.
Analysis: What makes 58 Works games so good? A great combination of cool visuals, unique puzzles, and interesting locations, that's what. These games are not the toughest nuts to crack (I'm looking at you, Neutral) but have their own quirky charm that make them so much fun to play.
Graphically, the room is beautifully done up in white walls, screens, wood ceiling, tatami mats, and a friendly giant robot. Very Japanese. The only downside is that there is no music, as some traditional eastern music would fit in so very well with the atmosphere.
The puzzles are not terribly difficult, but have 58 Works' usual spin on the standard room escape gameplay. At least one puzzle is in color, so those with colorblindness might have a little difficulty. And of course, there's the pixel hunting, which can be annoying.
However, despite the annoyances, 58 Works room escapes are casual gameplay done right. Fun, distracting, logical, and quirky, this is the perfect mid-week escape. Put on your thinking caps and start escaping! And when you find your way out, definitely stick around for the closing credits with the friendly robot.