Escape THE GAME
You know that old mantra "Don't like, don't play?" Yyyeah... Ron doesn't have that option. Ron, you see, is a game critic who's had the misfortune to get sucked into his least favorite type of game: a point-and-click adventure game by Interactales. Now there's only one thing left for him to do: Escape THE GAME! But even if Ron doesn't like point-and-click games, developer Interactales does, as they've crafted an adventure that's stuffed to the gills with references to genre classics, as well as many gentle jabs at the genre conventions. But Escape THE GAME is more than just parody! It's also a clever adventure game in its own right, as it offers puzzles with multiple solutions, three different endings, and even the proverbial barrelful of laughs. And you don't even have to be well-versed in classic adventure games to find them... plenty of the humor here is universal!
Escape THE GAME is a point-and-click game to its core. You'll be talking to people, picking up everything that isn't nailed down, and rubbing items on other items in search of the combinations that allow you to progress. Everything here will be comfortably familiar to point-and-click fans, even if Ron himself isn't impressed. The initial draw here lies in the situations Ron finds himself in, and the dialogue... just about every other line lampoons some classic adventure game trope, from giving your hero ridiculous names to the insane things adventure game heroes somehow end up carrying around in their pockets. There's also plenty of lawyer-friendly cameos of classic adventure-gaming icons like Guybrush (sorry, "Duedraw") Threepwood and Sam and Max. But Escape THE GAME also provides some excellent puzzle scenarios by giving you more than one way to solve almost every problem you come across. Sure, you could collect all the ingredients you need to make a magic potion so that a wizard will consider you one of his own, but you might be able to use those ingredients in other ways, and maybe someone else will recognize you as a wizard on the sly. You CAN beat the legendary hero in a mighty one-on-one duel, but there could also be a way to get him to drop out of the fight. Despite the multiple ways to press forward, however, the game can still sometimes be obscure about what to do, and it requires you to solve certain puzzles in very specific and exacting ways. While the game does have a character who is very open about his role as designated hint-dropper, he'll only tell you about one possible solution. But while the puzzles can be fiddly, the humor's almost always spot-on. Escape THE GAME's blend of jokes, references, and smarts is a winning combo... even if the snooty Ron won't admit it.