Reviewed by Jennifer – GEV.com
Escape Plan was originally shown at the Gamescom last year in Germany. After immediate display, the game caught attention of a lot of people. It was filled with great looking visuals that were both charming and creepy at the same time. It was without any doubt that this game would make a great title on the PlayStation Vita. I have finally got it on my Vita and I have just completed the review for it. During my playtime, I thoroughly enjoyed the gameplay; however, I also came across many significant technical issues that keep Escape Plan from being a perfect game.
The entire visual art of Escape Plan is presented in bright black and white graphics. I immediately became hooked to the art style that presented the game in a unique way. With the help of an amazing background score, this is one wonderful experience to have. You play as Lil and Laarg who are different in nature from each other but are standing together for the same goal; escaping the hands of Bakuki, the game’s antagonist. During your journey, you will come across different rooms filled with puzzles to complete. Each room has a different puzzle waiting for you.
If you are going to play Escape Plan, be ready to face a lot of deaths. Just like in any other hardcore puzzle games, death itself is a great teacher. You can’t expect to clear any of the puzzles without dying and each time you die, you learn not to repeat the same step. Just keep in mind though that whenever you die, the game records the number of your deaths. So be sure to plan ahead before you try to solve a puzzle as no one likes hundreds of deaths on their record.
If you have been dying to try out what the Vita’s alternate controls are capable off, you will find a lot of use for them in Escape Plan. The game does not use the direction pad, buttons or the analog sticks. Instead, you will find yourself using the touchscreen, back touchpad and the six axis control scheme most of the time. The buttons and analog sticks will be usable for you throughout the game in different puzzles, but it is mainly controlled using alternate schemes. This is a wonderful game that is a must play if you are a Vita owner.