Escape from Kilmainham Gaol
Escape from Kilmainham Gaol feels like it could be set in a movie of wartime and intrigue... something between James Bond and The Great Escape? Creator Matt Slaybaugh (also of the entertaining Escape to Obion point-and-click series) plunks the player into a desolate, barren cell with seemingly no hope of escape. But wait, what's this? A letter tucked into a chink in the wall. Apparently your captivity is due to one Simeon Meade, a member of the mysterious Talos Organization. He can't help you escape directly, but it is possible to unlock your door from inside the cell... and apparently, one of Meade's operatives has prepared your prison with the necessary tools. Of course, it can't be too obvious, or else the guards will be tipped off. Looks like you're going to have to solve some puzzles!
I like this game for a number of reasons. The appearance of the cell seems photographically accurate (especially the texture of the brick walls... nice), and really does give the sense of being trapped. I also appreciate that for once, there's actually some sort of rationale as to why the player must go through such hurdles to escape; it's enjoyable to feel that there's some sort of logic to the scenario beyond arbitrary whim. The puzzles, a bit less fanciful than those of most escape games, correspond well to the environment. Also: no pixel-hunting! Hooray!
That being said, the puzzles are not terribly creative, and one in particular struck me as less-than-intuitive. Also, while the game's music is certainly atmospheric and appropriate, it can eventually become annoying and intrusive; the option to turn it off would have been nice. On the whole, the game could have benefited from a bit more attention to such details, as well as a little more understanding of what the player should expect to be logical in the game world.
Still, Escape from Kilmainham Gaol is enjoyable and interesting. A different spin on an old standard, the game will satisfy your urge for adventure and intrigue... all without leaving the comfort of your cozy home/office/beach cabana/aircraft carrier. Not a bad deal!