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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 / 5 stars

After reading the post that MyNameIsMiro,i played the game on my second try carefuly,making sure that i don't fall from first level.I can confirm that what he said about the map 'despawning' is true.After walking around for bit it first level,i went back,hoping to open a door that i left unopend,8 coridors back.Guess what,after the 5 corridor,the map 'respawned'into a totally new layout.This game is great,and did make me feel lost,and tiny bit scared,even if i played through games such as Amnesia without a problem,so props for that.Art wise it is a great game,and graphics are good,but what keeps me from giving a 5 star rewiev is that map'despawning'thing.Next time you make a game like this,please remove that mechanism and make your progress show up.Looking foward to when u create another game like this!

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Rated 1 / 5 stars

interesting concept, but there was no navigation system, which means you can get lost easily, which would be fine since you're going for a creepy atmosphere, but it really wasnt that creepy, unnerving or scary. just kinda boring. I thought the two enemies were not scary or creepy, even the black thing that rises up near the bottom of the game is just kinda boring. tried it again knowing about the hidden pitfalls, and i ended up walking into them anyway because i was too bored to pay attention.


Rated 0 / 5 stars

" I cant escape " the setting screen, since the Panel is cut off and i dont know what to click or where to click.
Dont know whats causing that problem, though.
Sorry 0 / 0

davidmaletz responds:

The "Begin" button is cut off? That's strange, you could try launching it in a popup, or try a different browser. You could also try downloading the swf and running that on your computer, as you can resize that window to make it bigger if it is cutoff.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

This game is SO awesome and I have some suggestions to make it possibly even better. I believe those eyes should alert ghosts or monster to your presence if you look directly at them making it more scary to look directly at them. Also I believe the music should get creepier the closer you get. But since it's randomly generated I'm not sure how that would work. If any of these things are already in place excuse me. I think it would be cool to actually see the keys you have as well. I have a bunch more ideas if you're at all interested. if you're fine with your game then I'm fine with it too! 4/5 stars!

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I have some feedback. Some good, some bad.

I think this is a really conceptually good game. The atmosphere is perfect. You really do feel lost (and there's a good reason for that, which I'll get to in a bit) - it's very claustrophobic, smothering almost. It's thick with tension. The graphics and music are perfect. The concept is great too; I really like exploration games, and this, at first, appears to be one. I think this, with some work, can be amazing.

Which brings me to the bad part (just in my opinion, of course)


I don't think purposely going against all intuition makes for a compelling game. The art makes this game compelling, but I've spent a few hours playing it now (about 3, probably) and I have figured more of this game out as I've gone. This game purposely works against your intuition - I think misleading a player is fine, and can make for interesting gameplay, but this is different. The game gives the appearance that you're wandering a hard to nagivate maze, but you're not. You're walking through a procedurally generated reactionary map. I guess you could call it a maze, but that's a stretch. During my first half hour of gameplay, I thought, ok, I'll get a pen and paper, and write everything down, so I can better navigate... but that's not possible.

Upon discovering that the map "despawns" areas that are outside a certain distance of you, I realized there was a much more cryptic mechanic going on. This actually increased my interest in the game; it's a bit Silent Hill'ish almost (granted Silent Hill never had any mechanics like this, but it kind of reminds me of "Nowhere" from the first Silent Hill,) and definitely makes the game creepier. So I pressed on for about another 90 mintues, determined to figure out how exactly to navigate something that changed so frequently. This in and of itself is totally fine, and is not the problem...

The problem is that there's absolutely no basis for figuring out how to manipulate the generator. It's literally guessing, and trying to make mental notes of arbitrary concepts. I'm not saying it's not fun ---- it is fun --- but it's ultimately unrewarding, because even if you were to "figure it out," you would likely not know how you did. I watched the video where you escaped, and it gave me some leads... but it's like putting a puzzle together where all the pieces look the same. I think --- I REALLY think --- I'm close to "understanding" how it works, and I realize that *MORE SPOILERS* it has something to do with the short hallways where there can be three doors, a blank wall, or bars viewing into another room... and I came close, I think, to escaping MANY times... but it's just so unintuitive, and there's no form of noticeable progress to gauge at all.

Again, I think that the atmosphere that this type of gameplay achieves is absolutely amazing, but I do think this game needs quite a bit of work. Trolling is fun, but this game is so incredibly misleading and cryptic that most people will probably never realize that they're being trolled. If I may offer some suggestions... Assuming I'm right about the short hallways, you need to offer some form of visible progress. I see the *slightest* hint of progress, and I can on the tip of my tongue taste that victory is near, but I don't know why - I just know that through my shooting in the dark, that I'm making some arbitrary form of progress. It's very unfulfilling, and makes it all the more disappointing when RNG decides a door is trapped, and that I need to fall down to the next floor.

Also, I could be totally wrong, but I don't see what purpose the lower floors serve; they're just sort of there, and they're VERY well designed, but they don't seem to be important in solving the game...

Again, this game is really close to being amazing, but right now it's just good. In my opinion, you need to make the game much more intuitive. What makes Portal 2 puzzles so great is that the solution is obvious, but so completely obscure at the same time. Here it's just obscure. Still 4/5 stars, will keep playing.

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davidmaletz responds:

I can see you're trying really, really hard to make sense of this dungeon, but the more you try, the more confusing and frustrating the game gets! I see you haven't explored the lower levels yet, so try playing without worrying about the map, and let the game take you down and see what happens. That's the main progression of the game, although it is possible to escape!