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I Can't Escape

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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 0 / 5 stars

Sorry but this doesn't work. When I click 'Begin' it goes fullscreen and just stays black. I'm using Flash Player 11.2 on Ubuntu, not sure if that makes a difference.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was pretty spooky, especially the parts with the ghosts, red-eyed shadow monsters, the eyeballs opening up in the walls, and the seemingly inability to escape. This all makes for a game that is awesome in my opinion. Fantastic job!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

really good game love the way its set out like an old 90s dungeon crawler
the one for steam is it still being updated? if so i might get it
also the way to win is sortof cryptic how anyone found that out legit i have no idea

davidmaletz responds:

I'm glad you like it! We're still doing smaller updates for the sequel on steam - in fact I should be posting a big sfx update tomorrow. The steam sequel is much better than the flash version, so I hope you'll give it a try :).
As for the way to escape - it was more of an easter egg than an actual ending. I also think it's pretty incredible people figured it out :P.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Tip? Maybe a SPOILER:

You can actually win this game. It doesn't have to end in certain death. So don't give up! Don't think the bad ending is the true ending.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Probably my favorite flash horror game of all time. I've been a fan of it for a while, and actually helped beta test its spiritual successor, so I might as well write a review.

I Can't Escape is a very creepy and atmospheric game that forces you to explore. At first glance, the way to escape seems simple: just find the key! But then you'll pick up a key and realize it doesn't work on the first door you landed in front of. Then you'll accidentally fall down a hole, into a completely new area. Maybe you'll find your way back up to the first level somehow, only to realize you don't recognize anything. Maybe you'll assume you need to go deeper to escape, or maybe you'll accidentally fall again, but one way or another, you'll go down again. Then on the third level, you'll meet a ghost who pushes you further down. From time to time, horrific red-eyed shadows will emerge from pits, a helpful yet startling warning of the danger beneath your feet.
As you descent further into the labyrinth, your character begins to move faster, probably reflecting the sense of panic you're in now. How many keys have you picked up again? Why won't that door open? Wasn't there a big open room where this long hallway is now? Your visibility lessens, and the textures change. The walls look almost like they're made from the skulls of people who couldn't escape. You can't even see those flower textures on the ground that were so obvious at the start of this game.
Eventually, you'll fall into a tiny room surrounded by four locked doors, and as you frantically slam against them in a futile attempt to get out, your vision fades to black. The title of this game, which you almost laughed at clicking on this page, now fills your mind as the darkness claims your soul, as it has so many others...
Other than sounding like a bad ghost story, that was my first time playing the game in a nutshell.

Summary of the experience aside, other pros in my humble opinion include being kept on edge by the ambiance, even when you know it's just a background sound effect and not something coming after you, replayability due to random generation, and escape still being a challenge even when you know the secret. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes horror games.

Not to advertise or anything, but the spiritual successor coming out on Steam soon is also fantastic, and a game I would recommend once it comes out.

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