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I Can't Escape

rated 3.85 / 5 stars
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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: .

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: .



Rated 4 / 5 stars

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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Rated 4 / 5 stars

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 !


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Definatly worth playing. Somewhat more scary stuff would make it even better for me. I don't want sick, disturbing stuff poppin' up on my screen that scares me so much I throw my laptop through the window and go sit in a foetus position for 2 weeks, but a little more in that direction would make it great.
One other thought: you give the option to play with the mouse but it makes gameplay so much sloppyer in comparison with playing with the arrow keys. I think it's better not giving that option at all.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

I don't know if it was your intention, but I think it represents a descent into madness well. I spent awhile trying to actively escape, but after that, I started actively seeking out the holes, going as deep as I could. I won't spoil what's at the bottom, but I say well done.

My only complaint is that I walked away from the game to get food, and when I came back, I was still alive and unharmed. I felt like that took all the danger factor out for me.

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davidmaletz responds:

Yeah, the game can definitely be seen as a descent to madness - trying desperately to escape, yet somehow getting deeper, and even intentionally going deeper when you feel there's no other way. The fact that there even is an escape, but it's almost impossible to find make the analogy even better!

As for leaving the game and nothing happening, I've had the opposite response too! They left the game to go to the bathroom, and ended on a different level and were upset! Most of the time, when you fall, it is by your own actions (which again follows the madness analogy), so you wont often fall without moving. But, sometimes, in rare instances, you will fall even without any input at all!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I play this game on the tablet and the game shows a black screen,help?

davidmaletz responds:

Yeah, I've noticed some tablets have trouble running the game in a browser. Try the adobe air version, you can download it here: and run it on your tablet.