Just Pine Games' latest escape game, Alexandria Escape, also free for iOS and Android, plops you straight into ancient antiquity and demands you find your way out. You've gotten yourself trapped in some dusty library in the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria and it's up to you to leap through a series of escape game puzzles to get free. The game's got an extremely attractive Greco-Roman style going on, with a fair amount of historical accuracy to boot. Sure, the game requires some suspension of disbelief through some of the wackier puzzles, but our hat's off to the art department for going the extra mile to give history buffs something to nod knowingly at. Click to navigate your way around the room, collecting the odd knickknacks that you'll combine and use in every possible way. Seriously, these Alexandrians had steam power, gears, and the written word, but they couldn't warp their brains around a Hide-A-Key?
In escape games, you come for the art and stay for the puzzles, and Alexandria Escape has both in spades. The game does feel a bit front-loaded at times, with your first few minutes spent stuffing your inventory with everything that isn't nailed down, followed by a somewhat duller section while you try to figure out what goes where. Alexandria Escape never becomes obtuse, however, and diligence will pay off splendidly. It's a delicate balance between being subtle and being obnoxious and this game manages to pull it off, making each pause in the action feel like a challenge rather than a roadblock. It's not especially long, escape game veterans will likely blast through it in about the span of a lunch break, but sometimes you need a little short and sweet. Oh, and there's a free mobile version too! So check out Alexandria Escape and prepare for a hearty dose of historical intrigue.
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