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Old 05-09-2010, 05:23 PM   #1
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Some of these are great!

Some of the might be great but are in Japanese only and I can't manage...

Some of these are okay.

Some of these are good, but apparently have 1 or 2 completely arbitrary elements built in so that players are "forced" to go to the walk-through (which is tied to some ad/click-thru penny earning scheme). Suck.

Some of these just suck.

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So, which ones are great!?

Or very good?

Or pretty darn good?
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Old 05-09-2010, 05:43 PM   #2
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A few of my favorites (I think. Should have been documenting these all along, there are a couple I really liked but, typical of me, I can only vaguely recall...):

http://naifgames.com/games/room360/

http://games.gotmail.jp/nigepico/

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/514420

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/486799

BTW, Usually if you find a good/great one there is a series or set created by the same author.

For instance all of these are excellent:

http://neutralxe.net/esc/index.html
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:00 AM   #3
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107 views?

And no one else has any gems they'd like to recommend?
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Old 05-11-2010, 03:34 AM   #4
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It's possibly because Escape games are often considered casual puzzle games rather than pure adventures. The main issue is that their stories often consist of "you're in a room, get out" with no explanation of why. An argument that can run and run.

Bars of Black and White
A story and a unique (in my experience) game mechanic involving messages hidden in bar codes (the bars of black and white)

A Bark in the Dark
No real story but I just remember enjoying it a lot.

The Trapped Trilogy
Trapped
Pursuit
Escape
A kidnapping and subsequent events. The story is a bit odd but it has voices which is fairly unusual in free games.

Being One
More "Escape the hideous space station lab". Waking in a tube can you find out who you really are?

You could of course just go to this site given the name (probably variable quality though)
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:41 AM   #5
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Escape the room games are adventures in my book.
One of my favorites played like a mini Rhem game. It's called In Cubation.
http://www.newphazedev.com/incubation/
It is very good and quite challenging.
There is a good list of free games here, some of which are 'Escape' games.
http://www.gameboomers.com/FreeGames.html
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I also like to play escape the room games whenever I'm out of a "real" adventure game. I like solving puzzles and they're fun to play every now and then. (I stay away from the timed ones though.)
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I hate most of the ones I've played, because most of them include one or two (or several) puzzles that involve randomly clicking around the screen until you find a hotspot. The puzzle solutions should be *intuitive*, not trial-and-error, and that's what most of these amateur game developers don't understand.

The few I've played that weren't like that were actually sort of fun. I'm a MOTAS fan from way back (the first ten levels, at least).
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Escape the room games are great! But I do agree that it would be more interesting to develop some story within it - even if it's not much, a little effort towards it could go a long way. The game I'm currently working in is probably closer to being an 'escape the room' rather than an adventure because of it's context and size, but I'm going to great lengths to develop a story. I won't conclude with a shameless plug, because it's nowhere near being finished...

EDIT: Screw it, I can be shameless for a day! This is all I have uploaded so far at least, probably ready in about 8 weeks.
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Ah, great. Thanks, everyone.

The barcode one was one of those I'd played and should have remembered -- so I'm glad you listed it, stepuhran. There is at least one other I really, really liked that I wish I could remember, a real feeling of accomplishment? a bomb? very hazy...

Anyway, those others I think are all new to me. I just played the bark one and it was very good! Plus it seems that was a gateway to all of that authors games!

I'm going to work my way through the others you guys have listed at my leisure.

booB, you are right some of them really suck or are just trivks to get you to go to the walkthrough; but there really are some that are challenging in a logical and fun way. Hopefully we can avoid the ones that suck...

Sughly, I'll definitely check your game out. So do let us know when it is ready.
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Well, I gotta say I didn't enjoy the Trapped Trilogy so much; I got about 1/2 in to episode 2. However, it was, as stated, pretty nicely done as far as some of the production values. The voices were there -- and not just as a gimmick of one or two clips. Must have had a little money behind it. Maybe from the "coffers", as it was quite a Christian game... along with the guns and knives and bloodtrails and...

So, anyway, the reason I'm here, is that I went on to try the Being One series. I use OpenDNS as my primary DNS and they had the site flagged as a phishing risk. Anyone able to verify? Or, better yet, assure to the contrary?

Hoping for the contrary. And meanwhile I'm off to play In Cubation! Thanks.
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I hate every kind of room games. I never played them yet my friends love them. Don;t know what they find that much enjoying in it..
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I never played them...
So, how do you figure you hate them if you've never played one? And how do you figure you'll ever know what your friends enjoy about them if you've never played one? How can you hate them if you've never played one?

You should play one of the recommended ones here and see if you actually do hate them.
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So, how do you figure you hate them if you've never played one? And how do you figure you'll ever know what your friends enjoy about them if you've never played one? How can you hate them if you've never played one?

You should play one of the recommended ones here and see if you actually do hate them.
I think avatar09 is just a spam account. Time will tell though
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It is the first and only post from avatar09..

How bizarre. What possible purpose?
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Found what so far seems to be a really good series...

Starting with:

Alice Is Dead - Part 1

I'm a little ways into Part 2...

I love the music (among all the other things) I must say.
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Well...

Finished In Cubation after all this time.

Quite a challenge. And quite an abrupt end!

I was taking it really slowly* (obviously) and just enjoying it, jumping out of it for awhile if I got stuck, and then getting back to it days later maybe. The game definitely had some quite vague puzzles and likewise a quite vague storyline. So I was actually expecting I was only about half way through when... it was, all of a sudden, over. Still, it was certainly much more than your average ETR game. A full-blown Mystian beast.

Thanks for the recommendation.

*Just like this thread: entirely oblivious and unconcerned with the pace things are "supposed" to go.
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*Just like this thread: entirely oblivious and unconcerned with the pace things are "supposed" to go.
Haha! Got a good laugh out of that one...
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I'm basically just chroniclin' my babblin'.
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Glad you liked In Cubation. Thanks for your suggestions too. I played a bit of Alice is Dead - liked what I saw.
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