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The Initiate review

The Good:
  • Non-stop barrage of well-designed, varied puzzles
  • Clever recreation of an Escape Room experience, expanded across a whole house
  • Moody sound effects and background music hone that razor’s edge of impending horror
The Bad:
  • Attempt at building an interesting backstory is noticeably abandoned at the end
  • A devious cave maze still included in a game released in 2017
The Initiate review
The Initiate review
The Good:
  • Non-stop barrage of well-designed, varied puzzles
  • Clever recreation of an Escape Room experience, expanded across a whole house
  • Moody sound effects and background music hone that razor’s edge of impending horror
The Bad:
  • Attempt at building an interesting backstory is noticeably abandoned at the end
  • A devious cave maze still included in a game released in 2017
Our Verdict:

For fans of Escape Rooms, the puzzle-centric The Initiate does an excellent job of scratching a hard-to-satisfy itch for many hours, and does so in a fair way that hardly ever feels cheap.

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Posted by Stevens R. Miller on Jun 16, 2019

Good Looking, Basic Puzzler (with a Cave)


I mostly agree with the AG reviewer, but will respectfully dissent about the cave. Yes, it's a wee bit tedious. It didn't take long to solve, though, and I would disagree that it is a disavowed (or otherwise blacklisted) category. But it does feel a little...

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