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Jan 29, 2013 | 7:30 PM EST

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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/flas hplayer/ .

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/wa tch?v=R8mw9azY9qk .

Reviews


DeoJrDeoJr

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 18, 2013

Well, it's hard to judge, I have mixed feelings about this.
First, what I liked: atmosphere. Visuals, sounds, old-school mechanics and overall creepy mood of the game - it all worked well. You said it was your aim to create specific atmosphere, and you hit it perfectly.
Now, what I disliked about this game: I don't see any viable way for player to resolve this puzzle. There is no path leading to victory inside of the game, and though solution exists, it appears absurd for me. It may be achieved either by accident or by trying just everything to bruteforce it. Or it may come from outside of the game, which isn't what games should rely on and it still doesn't bring more sense to it. This kind of situations is not what I appreciate in games.
In summary, I can't say I'm satisfied with this as a game. But when thinking about this not as a game, but rather as an interactive form of art, it looks well and really has some value. So overall experience was positive.


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xAyjAyxAyjAy

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 14, 2013

a good and scary game. is there a reason that it goes into auto-fullscreen everytime i click on it to move?


davidmaletz responds:

The game is meant to be played in fullscreen, and in many browsers (firefox included), it is not playable in windowed mode, so that's why it always returns to fullscreen when you click. If you want, however, in chrome you can play the game with arrow keys in windowed mode (just don't click the screen, and it wont go to fullscreen).


kweckykwecky

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 12, 2013

I don`t think the keys work propperly, I saw a door with a ladder on the other side. (Untrapped and all)
But of course the door wouldn`t open. Then I went around the corner, and foud a key. I went to the dor with the ladder aigan, but it still didn`t open. Does the key work in another way than I think it does, or is it a bug? At least I think you can just run into the door when you got a key, then it will open.
Also, if you could add it somewhere so that we can see how many keys we got, that would have been great.
Overall, I love the game, I was actually planning making a similar game myself sooner or later with a slightly diffrent mechanic. This scared me A LOT the first time, then it was like scary and all, but something`s missing.


davidmaletz responds:

Hehe, it's no bug - some doors cannot be unlocked with keys, and some people think the keys don't do anything at all! The keys do something, but it might not be exactly what you'd expect!

No HUD necessary for this game, you're meant to be lost and confused. You can try to keep track of everything in your head, but that will likely only make you more lost and confused! The game is definitely scariest the first time, if you're starting to get used to the game, you should try to escape (see this post: http://www.indiedb.com/games/i-cant-escape/news/can-you-escape ).


AmorenkaireAmorenkaire

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 15, 2013

Hahaa, I beat it! :P And that was after falling into a covered pit hole in front of an actual pit hole, seriously, that was cheap! D:

But yes, in addition to the not so hidden doors there seems to be actually hidden doors - or at least that's how it worked for me. Good luck. :P


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teremakiteremaki

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 12, 2013

Creepy and interesting concept.
I played this for about 15 minutes, in a dark room with headphones and volume at max. But unfortunately, the game failed to give me what I expected.
I'm a huge fan of cheap jump scares and although this sets the mood for some, it doesn't actually deliver.
Other than that, it was pretty nostalgic - the maze screen saver revisited in a game format.
The sounds were pretty good and they got me covered in goosebumps as in Silent Hill.
The slow and painstaking movement and the lack of a clear direction to move in (or hints) made it unbearable to me.
Add a few jump scares and a faint notion of an exit, and you've got a great retro horror in your hands.
Huge scope for improvement. Best of luck and cheers !