Something has gone horribly wrong aboard the Nautilus. All the power on the submarine is out. The great Captain Nemo is deceased. And you've come to a dead stop on the sea floor. It seems like a nearly impossible situation to escape from. But where there's a will, and ingenuity, there's a way. In Nautilus Escape, from Just Pine Games, you will not go down with this ship, as you endeavor to get the sub back in working order and find your way back to dry land. You'll have to make use of both the items in your surroundings and unravel the puzzle-like mechanical workings of the ship to get back to the surface. Just click around your environment to investigate; the cursor changes to indicate clickable objects, and the game even helpfully explains what you're hovering your mouse cursor over before you even click on it. When you've built up an inventory, just click on the items you're carrying to use them; although you can't zoom in on them, you can still combine them by clicking in succession on the two items you want to put together. Stay strong, sailor... Even if there is something kind of creepily atmospheric and fun about being trapped 20,000 leagues under the sea!
Nautilus Escape sets a great scene, with a well-rendered 3D environment and eerie, watery music. Although it lacks the directional arrows or navigation bars seen in other escape games, it still remains quite easy to navigate, thanks to its changing cursor and the obliging on-screen descriptions that always tell you exactly what you're about to click on or do. The item interface does feel a bit stripped down, however. The images used for the objects in your inventory are rather small and indistinct, making them difficult to tell apart at a glance. And items are rather important to this game, as many of its puzzles revolve around figuring out creative ways to use the objects that are lying around the submarine. For those who prefer the brainteaser-stuffed style of escape game, it probably won't feel as satisfying as cracking codes or putting together ornate patterns. But the item-based solutions are still clever and logical. For those looking first and foremost to escape the everyday, Nautilus Escape is a moody destination that's great for spending a quick break in. The mobile versions even mean it's a break that can be taken on the go!