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Escape Academy: Escape From Anti-Escape Island

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Class is back in session for this escape room expansion.

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Try as one might, it seems there's no escaping the escape room trend. Escape Academy: Escape from Anti-Escape Island, aside from having a mouthful of a title, is meant to extend the life of the base Escape Academy game with a new narrative and some new puzzles to conquer. While the new story serves as little more than an excuse to inject some new color and tropical scenery into the Escape Academy formula than anything else, it does manage to at least tie the new challenges together in some way.

As far as the new escape rooms go, they continue the base game's trend of testing the players' thinking skills. The expansion does a fantastic job of walking that mental tightrope that hangs between puzzles feeling too easy or near impossible. While it can be frustrating to miss some lingering clue that's key to your escape, that "Eureka!" moment of finally sorting it out is satisfyingly fun. Unfortunately, that feeling doesn't last very long, as the expansion only includes five new escape rooms and it's over in almost no time at all. While it might make for a nice, quick diversion, Escape Academy: Escape from Anti-Escape Island seems more like a lost side mission to the base game than an expansion with substance.

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