Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Decided to try something very different with Don't Escape: 4 Days to Survive. I am not really into post-apocalypse scenario type games. I am very much a fantasy lore type person; give me some dwarves and elves. But it is in my game inventory, and this project is all about trying new things.
I should also mention I am jumpy, so immediately, I find myself jumping in my chair at the first few moments of the game, but this will be important to note. Seems you are dreaming, and your dreams tell you what is next. It can also be different each time you start the game. Learned this the hard way since it did take me a few times to get through the first day, only to have my 'ah-ha' moment ruined by getting a new scenario.
You run around trying to find a way to survive for a few days. The first day is on your own, and logically, everything takes time to do. You have to choose carefully how you solve problems to stay alive. Once you survive the first day, you will have a companion to help or hinder your progress.
Being a point and click, it is straightforward to master the controls. The graphics are a basic pixel style, but you can choose a smooth type for the text. This was a significant relief for me as the pixel letters were rather annoying to try and read. The music was even nice as it just provided some background noise without being annoying. This is huge for me.
All these basic controls and graphics lend themselves to a game where the development time was clearly spent on creating the puzzles to solve to stay alive. I can really appreciate that. For that, I really enjoyed this game, even if it did have me jump a few times. The average person would not; I freely admit I am a wuss at these things.
While these blogs are not meant to be guides, I will provide a few trial and error tips. The dream is important, so pay attention to what hurts. If you are someone that hoard picks up things like me, don't. You will not need everything, and you have limited space, carrying compacity, and time to be running back and forth.
I did play this game an extra hour as I wanted to see the story through. I was very impressed with the ending. I found the play on words very creative. I would totally pick up this game when it is on steam and give it a try if you like problem-solving adventures. I will now be looking into the other titles, I have enjoyed this one so much.
Publishers: Armor Games Studios
Initial Release Date: March 11, 2019
Knowing what I know now, would I repurchase it? Yes