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'Escape Plan' review

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Escape Plan Playstation 4

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Escape Plan is a game that originally made its debut on the Playstation Vita in 2012 but developer Fun Bits Interactive released it on the Playstation 4 as a digital downloadable title on December 3, 2013. The puzzle game features two protagonists Lil and Laarg, and your goal is to guide them through an increasingly difficult series of booby trapped rooms. The game features sharp black and white visuals as well as a gruesome yet lighthearted and humorous tone. Prepare to die quite often in Escape Plan as you figure out what is required of you to traverse each individual room. While each character features a number of alternate costumes, the default costume for both characters features a large number on their chest, indicating the number of times you’ve died.

The game features a fairly simple control scheme as you move them left or right and command them to stop via the d-pad. The Playstation Vita version of the game utilized the touchpad and touchscreen and those inputs are handled by the touchpad on the Dual Shock 4 such as spinning a fan to clear a room out of poisonous gas. Other rooms call for you to inflate Lil with helium and guide him floating around the room via the gyroscopic features of the controller and he expels the helium in the form of gas which produces sound of audience laughter, both of which come from the speaker port of the controller. While the main game can be completed in around three hours your first time through, it also features a number of additional downloadable campaigns as well as a challenge mode that tasks you with completing the game with a cumulative 20 deaths or less. Considering that my first playthrough had both characters with death numbers in the high 70s, this should be a formidable and fun challenge to meet. You can also attempt to earn a three star rating in each of the rooms and various warning signs are scattered throughout the levels for you to collect so the title features quite a bit of replayability.

The Playstation 4 is fairly light on available titles right now and I found my time with Escape Plan to be rather enjoyable and found myself chuckling on more than one occasion. I also encountered a number of “aha” moments as I was able to figure out what was stumping my progress in the room and I would recommend the title for anyone looking for something fun to pass the time as well as puzzle game fans. Fun Bits Interactive developed the excellent Fat Princess title on the PS3 and they’ve produced another solid puzzler in the form of Escape Plan. If you are looking for a fun puzzle game you can pick up and play with a good amount of humor, you’d be hard pressed to find something better on the Playstation 4 at the moment and for $9.99, it’s a pretty good deal for your money.

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