Escape from LaVille Review
- Cute zombie puppy.
- Short and to the point; doesn't pad out the game longer than needed.
- Painfully slow transitions.
- Poor art mash-up; difficult to distinguish between important items and background images.
- An ending worthy of M. Night Shyamalan.
Escape from LaVille places players in an awkward scenario with little motivation outside of simply completing the game to drag them forward; snappier transitions would go a long way to make this far less frustrating to play.
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Were you ever 'treated' to a book of puzzles as a kid? Maybe it was a gift from a well-meaning aunt or grandparent looking to provide you with something educational and entertaining at the same time. It's a bitter-sweet joy that's almost perfectly captured by the puzzle-adventure genre and while some games fall in to the 'sweet' category, others like Escape from LaVille tend to slide in to the other.
After a brief expositional introduction you're dumped in to a locked room with nothing but a cup and your wits to survive. At this point it's up to the player to work out how to control the game despite being given very little feedback besides the occasional text message and a loading circle, which will become your constant companion during your journey. This is further complicated by areas featuring 'secret' panels or additional spots that you can zoom in to, however 'pixel hunting' is tedious when each scene change takes a couple seconds to register.
One of the other weak points of the genre is justifying the reason for such a bizarre and elaborate trap for a single person. While the ending does try to cover this rather large plot hole, for most of the game players are left wondering if the mansion's owner is huge fan of Resident Evil. Scraps of newspaper articles can be collected to learn more about the city's grisly history, but these past events do nothing to inform you of your current situation, making them all but irrelevant outside of solving a particular puzzle.
Similar titles like 'The Secret of Grisly Manor' may have already set the bar high up, but Escape from LaVille's exploration, puzzles and storyline fail to satisfy, making it hard to recommend even though it's short enough to finish in one sitting. If you're desperate to flex your neurons, you can get something out of this game, but it's an otherwise easy game to avoid.
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What they say about 'Escape from LaVille'...
◆JACKtech.it◆ Rating: 8/10
"..a new exciting Adventure Game[...]
..very engaging storyline that will let you enter
into symbiosis with the game."
◆Tapplayer.com◆ Rating: 7/10
a spooky atmosphere and a very nice storyline"
'Escape from LaVille' will test yourself with really challenging riddles and puzzles.
You will take the role of the detective Forest Campbell,
a member of the W.E.S.T. (Weird Enigma Special Team),
to discover the mystery surrounding LaVille district.
Clue after clue you will discover the dark and intriguing history of this cursed district.
Find items and clues to solve the intricate riddles and collect all the articles in the local newspaper that will offer you a great help and an important perspective for your investigation: the LaVille inhabitants point of view.
For anyone is stuck in the game please visit the help forum on Touch Arcade: http://bit.ly/lkW2l8
✮☆ Plot ☆✮
2011, something strange happened to LaVille district.
A mysterious virus hit the inhabitants who got sick and started to die, one by one.
The weirdest thing is that after death their bodies are… back to life!
Forest Campbell is engaged to solve the mystery behind the district but when he arrives he
find himself surrounded by death.
The investigation leads him into an old mansion that seems to be the key to the mystery…
✮☆ Features ☆✮
◆ Lots of puzzles to solve!
◆ Awesome locations to explore!
◆ Dozens of items to solve the riddles!
◆ Beautiful dark soundtrack to delight your gaming!
◆ Outstanding graphics to taste!
◆ Several newspaper articles to collect and read!
◆ Immersive storyline to keep yourself into the game!
◆ iOS4 Tested!
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