Escape from Octlien
From Aztec, creator of Escape from Island and The Shrine, comes yet another superbly crafted point-and-click adventure game, Escape from Octlien. The sci-fi themed title drops you inside a spaceship with very little information on what you're supposed to do. Explore the environment, collect items, and try and make your way through this lengthy and challenging game.
Controls in Escape from Octlien are as simple as any online adventure — just click the items you want to interact with. Arrows appear on the edges of the screen to navigate and you use items by dragging them onto the object you want to use them on. To examine and interact with items, slide one over to the "check" button.
The puzzles are rarely easy to solve and usually include a number of steps before you see tangible results. For example, one item may give you access to a room where you'll find another item that fits in part of a puzzle located halfway across the ship. This doesn't feel frustrating or lead to mindless backtracking, it just adds to the intruigue. Your sense of accomplishment is broken into bite-sized pieces that keep your appetite for the game burning strong.
As with Aztec's other releases, the visuals in Escape from Octlien are stark but well-implemented. Sound effects are all but non-existent but fit the game extraordinarily well. A mysterious atmosphere is successfully created using as few elements as possible.
One of the best point-and-click adventure games released in the last few months from a developer that's quickly building a reputation for impressive games.