One of Ketchapp's better recent offerings
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 14 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent atmosphere, solid controls, beautiful graphics
Still has a shady ad campaign, the physics system is a little too heavy
Lately, I've been running Ketchapp games through the ringer a bit due to how they seemingly exploit repetitive gameplay and use shady ad techniques in order to get gamers to click on their ads. Well Escape for Android is one game that the company has recently developed that shows they can still release an interesting game when they feel like it.
Right off the bat, you're smacked in the face with awesome presentation. The way the game kicks itself off is truly memorable, and sets up the game's atmosphere perfectly. The idea is that you're piloting a spaceship that is trying to save abandoned humans in an unknown world as it collapses around them.
Part of the game is simply trying to survive. Okay, maybe that's almost the entire game, but there is a secondary nature to the game: save the humans left behind. When you first launch your ship, you'll get to watch about 15 other guys in spacesuits jump into your ship before you take off and probably promptly crash and burn into the ground below you. See, this is a physics game where you're constantly trying to dribble your ship above and through various obstacles. One major flaw in the game is that jumping in is so fast that you'll often times be unprepared. What I mean by that is as soon as you restart the game, your ship is immediately falling to the ground, so you have to basically save yourself as soon as things get started. There is no countdown time to prepare you.
There are no rewards in this game, but I really don't think it needs it. The game can technically be completed in one fell swoop, but for probably everyone alive, the game is broken up into several checkpoints that are always visible. This means you're not just simply striving to achieve a higher and higher score. There is an actual beginning and end to this game.
Sadly, Escape does still have the same ad campaign that will try and goat you into clicking them simply because you're already clicking on the screen. I always think this is incredibly shady and will make me lose instant respect for even the best games. Still, if you're someone who doesn't mind then this is a pretty decent release from the guys at Ketchapp.