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You have fallen into a vast underground maze. Can you find your way out, or will you end up trapped in darkness forever?

We recommend playing in a dimly lit room with your speaker or headphone volume turned up. It's best to play I Can't Escape late at night, as it is an eerie exploration experience.

Troubleshooting: This game requires flash player 11+. If you don't have flash player 11, the game will tell you, and you should download it (for free) here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ .

If you get the error "requires 3D hardware rendering," that means it's not running on your graphics card for some reason. Try right clicking the game, clicking settings, and make sure "enable hardware acceleration" is checked in the display tab, then refresh the page. If that doesn't work, try updating your graphics card driver or your flash player version.

If you're using windows 8, cheese123 mentioned to me that he couldn't get the game to run unless he ran chrome in windows 8 mode. If you're using windows 8 and having trouble, you can try that and see if it makes a difference. Thanks a lot to cheese123!

If you are still having trouble playing the game, feel free to send me a PM!

Want to know if it's possible to escape? You can check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8mw9azY9qk .

Reviews


BroddiccusBroddiccus

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

i like the way that the farther down you get the faster your character moves in time with the time limit to each level (add on to that guy below, i think there's a timer on each level that decreases the further you go down, or at least it's more likely for you to fall in a random pit trap the further down you are) it really makes the panicked feel i believe you were trying to go for, when you start the game, whatever, it's just a puzzle game, and you're roaming about with little to no worry, but the farther down you get the more it becomes apparent that the bottom isn't a place you want to be, you gave that feeling to the player, not just the character, and that's pretty admirable, great game, however i would make a bit of an adjustment to it, from very early on it becomes easily apparent there's no way to get back up once you fall down past the first level, that's ok near the end, but it should come in degrees, in a 1 step forward 2 steps back kind of way, if you know what i mean. currently it feels like a straight plummet when it should be a slow decent into madness


davidmaletz responds:

Thanks for the review! Your idea is a good one, and in fact, it's already in the game, although it's more a 1 step forward, 6 steps back! If you're lucky, or move carefully to avoid pits, you'll probably be able to climb a ladder or two, perhaps even get up to the first level again!


iamzombiefoodiamzombiefood

Rated 5 / 5 stars

i´m scared! great game!



usdaprovedusdaproved

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I really love it. I think it's great that this was made for January's 1GAM. From one developer to another, this is fantastic.


davidmaletz responds:

Thanks a lot! 1GAM has been great in helping me to actually finish and release games - I have so many ideas planned! Look forward to my February game! Are you participating in 1GAM as well? What was your January game?


DepravedDepraved

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Pretty creepy atmosphere, definitely gave me the chills. I think the name says it all though, I collected keys, and managed to find my way back to the locked door with a ladder and still couldn't open it. Exploring the depths of this maze sounds like the biggest appeal overall among the others so I will try that next.



mrx2010mrx2010

Rated 4 / 5 stars

A fascinating game. But after a lot of trials I almost believe that there is no escape. A few observations that might help others:

1) A restart seems to generate a new maze (different arrangement of the rooms).

2) I have disovered FOUR ways of falling down:

- through black holes (clearly visible),
- through holes covered with greens (barely visible, but still visible)
- while attempting to open certain closed doors (no holes visible)
- standing too long at the same spot (90 % sure)

The problem is that one can avoid both types of holes (and perhaps also standing still too long), but eventually one will fall down without warning when trying to open certain doors.

I would like to know whether there is a solution or not. ;)


davidmaletz responds:

You are fairly observant! I'm not going to give away whether there is a solution or not, but I will confirm for you that you are correct that there are four ways of falling down. The fourth way of falling down you mentioned is half right - staying in the same spot increases the chances of an event happening, but it is not the cause. You are also right that the trap doors are the only way to fall that you cannot avoid, and that there is procedural level generation going on here. I'm glad you enjoyed the game, and it's interesting seeing people figure out the mysteries of the game, although there are still several left!