Review Hellgate Escape
Escape the gates of hell via hidden objects mechanics
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 11 Jun 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Decent graphics, interesting plot, simple controls
Too easy, bores you really quickly, bad detalization, low quality animation
Hellgate Escape for Android is an escape the room, hidden objects puzzler with a creepy plot and visuals that just might make your hair stand on end. The visuals feel a tad crude and in need of refinement but the play is interesting and will entertain fans of the genre and anyone who likes to be scared.
Hellgate Escape displays in landscape and currently has 19 levels to unlock and conquer. The game features a text driven plot with needlessly small fonts and an overall presentation that fails to maximize use of the available screen space. As the story goes, most everyone wonders what happens when you die, well, according to this app, lots of people get trapped in this bardo town, never quite transitioning from life to the next world, whatever, and wherever that may be. Your mission, is to escape this mythic land of demons and lost dreams to make it out with your soul intact.
The play has you tapping various points on the screen to find triggers that drive the plot forward. Sometimes you play mini games, other times you're finding objects, and combining them to trigger further actions. The play is very cookie cutter and predictable, with little intrigue to hold your interest. The graphics are the game’s strongest element, however, the details are muddled, and again, don't make the best use out of all the available screen space. The animation is rudimentary at best, and the sounds are sparse and not all that interesting.
Hellgate Escape has potential but comes off lime an unfinished beta in need of more work and refinement.