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Quite a short game, but quite a compelling one. Without Escape captures some of the magic of the '90s and brings it to your Switch, however it misses a few key ingredients to make this an essential purchase.
Ultimately, Without Escape is a sad shadow of a genre from the past. Point-and-click adventure games fell from favor years ago due to progressing technology. Some of the originals of the escape room genre may soon be lost to time (due to Adobe's support of Flash ending in a few months). Now kids can play Roblox with a quick download and Minecraft on a web browser. Perhaps if this game offered more in terms of narrative or visuals, it could be worthwhile, but it doesn't offer enough to be appealing. While some attention was given to the visuals and music, Without Escape largely feels dissatisfying and lackluster.
Without Escape is the perfect dish for those hungry for classic 1990s puzzle adventures like Zork, Myst, et al.
Without Escape is a project of a single person and the game is impressive because of that. On the other hand it is short and doesn't offer much challenge to typical genre lover. Rare example of XBLA Indie game that grown up.
Review in Polish | Read full review
Without Escape brings back the point and click adventures of yesteryear in a rather original first person shooter. The plot, while catching and entertaining to the end, does not offer many answers throughout the game. The puzzles are very well thought out and it is a pleasure to solve each one of them, although there are few that offer. A game specially designed for nostalgic of the genre.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Without Escape crafts its tale with a great deal of enthusiasm, something that isn’t seen that often in games today. It’s simplified but fast-paced point-and-click puzzle mechanics make for an interesting experience that, while short, is quite memorable.
A strong sense of identity, solid scripts, and a willingness to take risks may just make this game a cult classic amongst enthusiasts. I know I won’t forget it for a while.