Upon first playing Escape Artist, a new room escape game from the venerable Pastel Games studio, you may be surprised that this is a creation of the same designers who produced such dark, brooding classics as the Submachine and Covert Front series. You'll soon find out, however, that Mateusz Skutnik & company do sweet, serene and light very well indeed; Escape Artist is lovely, cute without crossing the line into saccharine, and a real pleasure to play.
As one might infer from the title, in Escape Artist you find yourself trapped in a painter's studio. It's a very nice place to be stuck in, what with the pets and art supplies and comfortable-looking furniture, but I suppose that even the most dedicated artist must eventually venture into the outside world (to get milk for the cats, if nothing else). However, the piece of stained glass that adorns your door seems to have broken, and you must find the remaining pieces and assemble the image before leaving.
In truth, Escape Artist is not very difficult; I completed the game in about 10 minutes, and was never stumped or tempted to look for a walkthrough. I don't think, however, that that's really the point. Perhaps, as the theme might suggest, the game is intended to be enjoyed more as a piece of interactive puzzle-art than a true intellectual challenge; if so, it succeeds wonderfully. The game is chock-full of little details to enjoy; the tubes of paint can be squeezed, books can be opened, even the yummy-looking slice of cake can be eaten. Despite the lack of difficulty, Escape Artist really becomes alive through these non-puzzle related elements.
Enter a real Pastel Story:
Cheers to Linda for the alert about the new game! =)