Escape Academy Review
If you love the experience of solving riddles, puzzles, or an escape room; but really dislike people, moving around, and potentially getting sweaty, then Escape Academy might be just your kind of game.
The narrative for Escape Academy is a little tough to follow and honestly one of the only detractors of this game. You start off in a simple enough escape room in a run down building but somehow fall down a great rabbit hole of enrolling in an academy focused on escapism. Developing future hackers, escape artists, spies and the like. Its really bizarre, but the reason we are here anyway is for the escape rooms.
The entire game is played from a first-person perspective of course and you are tasked with solving over a dozen different escape room experiences that range from the bizarre to even deadly.
You are able to interact with numerous things in each stage and pick up items that are important to solving your puzzles, there is a handy pin guide as well that allows you to keep an item out and viewable while you solve the room if needed, which comes in handy a few times to remember passwords or ciphers. You definitely should keep some scrap paper and a pen handy to take notes on your attempts.
Many levels have a time objective as well and each level gives you a grade (you are in school after all) that is based on how quickly you solve and how many hints you have to use to complete.
The first couple stages to me were extremely easy but the difficulty ramps up throughout the game with the final stage being a real headscratcher for me. You can play the entire game solo or you can co-op it with a split screen to give you a real escape room feel to it.
The visuals are pretty basic and definitely are going for a stylized look, but don’t expect this game to be a great looker, that’s not what the focus is anyway. There is minor voice acting and the music is rather muted and just kind of serves as a backdrop so you can focus on the puzzles at hand.
Putting the story aside this was some of the most fun I’ve had with a game this year, it is truly something unique that we don’t get to see very often in gaming.
While the game ends after your first year in Escape Academy it leaves it open for DLC or a sequel down the road for sure, which I hope they take a crack at. The entire game can be beaten in a few hours if you are good enough and can make for a great game night with friends for sure. Best of all if you have GamePass, then you already have access to this little hidden gem!