Little Red in Danger
Oh, Little Red Riding Hood. You with your crimson cloak, guileless observations, and boundless naiveté, how do you do it? Somehow you find yourself Little Red in Danger again, trapped inside Grandmother's house while untold peril lurks outside. You're asked to "wait here like a good girl" because it is so very dangerous outside. But, should you listen? That's the pressing question in IDAC's mobile escaping adventure: to discover just how and when to safely exit this quaint abode.
Play by tapping the screen, finding items and hints hidden across the room, and trying to escape from the house you were locked inside. Clues and puzzles scattered everywhere add up to plenty of in-depth exploration. Be precise where you tap; a surgeon's touch will prevent your missing essential clues. Utilizing your inventory is intuitive: tap once to highlight an object then tap the screen where you want to use it; double-tapping brings inventory items into closer detail and is also useful in certain interactive areas. Keep in mind there are two ways to exit and both bring happy endings—well, one is happy only for the wolf whose appetite is whetted by blood red head coverings.
Players familiar with Gotmail's browser-based escape games will recognize many a characteristic Gotmail trait—both good and not-so-good—in this release from the developer's mobile franchise, IDAC. Little Red in Danger especially succeeds at creating an intriguing environment that you really want to play around in; the neato graphical style is even worthy of being wallpaper on your mobile device. The design is well-drawn and eye-pleasing so that the smaller screen is never itself an impediment to immersion in the setting. Conversely, the means to navigate these deceivingly serene surroundings are not so user friendly: pixel hunting is an uninvited guest here at Grandma's house.
As a welcome plus, Little Red in Danger does a great job of challenging your sleuthing skills, often putting your inner Matlock to the test, requiring you to rethink possible solutions and recheck doubtful areas more than once. At times it proves frustrating as any mis-tap means missed information, so if you prefer more affable escape-the-room games, this one might not be for you. On the other hand, for those who enjoy creative means for problem solving and an Engrish-faceted scenario to quirkily wrap it up, Little Red in Danger has the perfect basket-full-of-goodies just for you. "So, do you think you can get out of this alive?"
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the HTC Incredible 4. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.