Parents' Guide to

Escape Academy

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun, one-off adventure makes for a great escape.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+
This is a smartly constructed virtual escape room game that levels up appropriately, giving players a chance to learn the interface and common puzzle styles before ratcheting up the difficulty. Puzzles are logical and well designed and a useful hint system is in place to help players who get truly stuck. I second a recommendation within the game to have pencil and paper handy and the game can be played with local coop. The Age recommendation is not for content but rather because of difficulty of some puzzles. However I would suggest if a teen is playing, younger players can assist and contribute in a meaningful way.

This title has:

Educational value
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Escape rooms have become an "it" thing these days, usually taking on some sort of themed challenge with a group of friends for a fun night out. Escape Academy brings that experience to the comfort of your own couch with its series of increasingly difficult and anxiety-inducing puzzles just waiting to be solved. The game does a great job of re-creating the overall escape room experience. Clues are often hidden in plain sight, though they require some intuition and investigation to discover exactly what context they're used in. And much like real escape rooms, the game has plenty of red herrings scattered around to keep players on their toes. Players can try to figure out the solutions on their own or recruit some help from a friend with local or online co-op play. And when all else fails, the game includes a hint system that players can use when they find themselves stuck, trading valuable points for a nudge in the general direction of the next step required for the solution.

Players can replay any stage of the game to try to improve both their time and their score, but since the puzzles never change, there's no sense of accomplishment. There lies the biggest issue with Escape Academy: There's no real incentive to replay any part of the game after the first time. Instead, it's like taking an exam with a cheat sheet by your side. Thankfully, there are plans for more updates and new escape rooms to be released as downloadable content, which should help extend the life of the game. In the meantime, Escape Academy is a one-off adventure that tests players mental mettle and makes for a fun escape from the daily grind.

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