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Ultimate Escape Room: IF City

by Mark Stahl

2017

(based on 11 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

You and your friends have fallen into the escape room craze that has swept the country in recent years. You love the feeling of living out a real life adventure game. You've made plans with your friends to try out a local escape room that has recently opened, but your friends have all stood you up. You've decided to attempt to escape the room on your own.

Prepare yourself for a somewhat surreal "escape the room" type experience. Do you have the wits necessary to find your way to the end of "The Wizard's Rainbow"? You have two hours to make your escape...


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: 2E054296-0A63-453D-A9F7-9D98CCF6508F
TUID: dd4psaxxggdxkw66

Awards

47th Place - 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2017)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
A tight puzzle fest in a color coded escape-room game, November 16, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

This game has you going to a live escape room in a mall or building somewhere.

Inside are a series of color-coded rooms with a variety of puzzles. They include a variety using slightly-less-standard-but-still standard verbs like 'search' or 'look under', etc.

I enjoyed this game. It didn't really inspire any emotion in me, but as a small puzzle snack, it does what it is intended to do.

I feel like this is an improvement over the author's previous game, Questor's Quest, and I'd like to see more from this author.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Very lightweight, February 15, 2022
by cgasquid (west of house)

There's not much to this one. A small number of rooms, shallowly implemented, many of them either empty or containing exactly one object. There are no real NPCs (there's one other character, but he seems completely unreactive). You can easily access the "waiting room" location (the place where objects that are not placed in a room are found) despite the game not otherwise being "meta."

Most of the puzzles are obvious, repetitive, or completely unmotivated. The shallow implementation can be a headache, with objects that are very different having no disambiguation.

It's a lot like someone's first IF, the one they write to learn how to code and only share with their friends -- a random layout of rooms, a paucity of interactive objects, and a few very basic puzzles.

There isn't anything specifically offensive about it, though; it's just a very basic work without much to it.


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