Escape games are a sub-genre of puzzle games. They are vastly better in real life. However, there are some games that have similar elements. For those who may not know, escape games have you placed in a room or a situation and your goal is to escape. You’ve likely dealt with this mechanic in some form before. Some developers use it as part of a larger experience while others use it as the main mechanic. Some are simple while others are complex with story lines. It runs the gamut, so listed below are our picks for the best escape games for Android!
Adventure Escape is a series of escape games from Haiku Games. They are a series of games that follow a protagonist trying to solve a mystery. At their core, each game has you solving mysteries and then getting out of danger alive. It features decent graphics, simple mechanics, and the story lines aren’t half bad. There are nine games in total and each one is free to download. There are in-app purchases, but they’re mostly just for stuff like hints.
Can You Escape is a series of escape games from MobiGrow. Each game in the series puts you in a bad situation and you must solve puzzles to get out. Most of them are fictional destinations. However, a couple feature real stuff like the Titanic. The mechanics are point-and-click. They also feature hidden item and general puzzle mechanics. They’re solid games overall. Some of them are completely free to play while others may require payment after a trial period. It’s definitely great for gamers on a budget.
The Cube Escape series is a long-running set of escape games from Rusty Lake. Each game ties into the main premise through its location. Each game has you finding objects, solving puzzles, and trying to escape the situation you’re in. The franchise has nine games in total. Each one is completely free to play and supported by advertising. The graphics are a little simple, but you can’t argue with that price tag. The developers also have the Rusty Lake series, a set of premium puzzle games with similar mechanics.
The Escapists is one of the newer escape games on this list. It was originally released on PC before it hit mobile. This game has you literally escaping from prison. You’ll move around, collect items, talk to other inmates, and make sure you don’t get caught. When the time is right, you make your escape. The game features a variety of scenarios to keep things interesting and charming retro graphics. There are tons of ways to escape, but it’s also really easy to get caught. It’s a pay-once game at $3.99 and it’s a lot of fun.
The Go series is a trio of puzzle games by Square Enix. They’re not escape games on the face of it, but do feature similar mechanics. Each game drops you into levels where you must use weapons, the environment, and your wits to make it to the end. Each game follows the same premise in terms of mechanics. However, they each have their own specific set of powers and environments based on the game series. All three games are relatively inexpensive. You can also purchase additional hints through in-app purchases.
Into the Dead is an endless runner game. The idea is that you must escape the zombie hoard. All the time. Forever. The game features a variety of weapons and powerups that can be used to help you along the way. It also has little secondary goals to achieve while playing. It’s not a puzzle game like most escape games. However, we couldn’t resist adding a title where escaping is the only mechanic in the game. It’s a freemium game, but otherwise it’s pretty good.
Lifeline is a series of text-based puzzle games by 3 Minute Games. You play as a radio operator who starts getting random transmissions from a stranger. Your job is to guide them to safety without them being killed. It’s a different take than most escape room games. Additionally, its text-based format means it also works perfectly on Android Wear and that’s kind of cool. There are about half a dozen games in the series and their prices vary. However, none of them contain in-app purchases.
Monument Valley is probably the most iconic puzzle game ever. Like the Go series from Square Enix, it’s not necessarily an escape game on its own. However, it does have those elements. The game features gorgeously done geometric puzzles. You’ll have to twist, turn, flip, and otherwise manipulate most parts of any given level to find the exit. You can also pick up DLC as an in-app purchase. It’s not a very long game, but it made headlines for a reason.
République is one of the most complex escape games out there. You play as a hacker. Your goal is to use security cameras to guide a girl named Hope to freedom from her dystopian environment. The graphics look good. The mechanics can take a minute to get used to, though. The game features five chapters. You get chapter one upon purchasing the game. Each additional chapter costs $1.99. It’s a bit expensive, but this one is a classic.
The Room is a series of puzzle games by Fireproof Games. They are perhaps the most iconic escape room games ever made. Each game has you in a beautifully crafted room filled with beautifully crafted things. Your job is to figure out all of the puzzles and escape the room. The puzzles can be fairly intricate, detailed, and well hidden. The most recent installment also comes with alternate endings. Otherwise, the games are fairly short. You can get all three of them for about $7US.
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