Published on February 21st, 2012 | by simeon0
Escape Plan for the PS Vita Preview
Amara got herself some hands on time with this hot title.
The web is already buzzing about Escape Plan, one of a number of downloadable release titles for the new Sony Vita. The brainchild of Fun Bits Interactive, Escape Plan is an innovative and dark yet delightful puzzle game where players assist two lemming-brained characters, Lil and Laarg, in an effort to escape captivity. Traversing through deadly rooms, the game feels like an artistic hybrid of Portal and Limbo with even more interactive play due to the two touch screens of the Sony Vita system.
The title was built to avoid long tutorials; players experience what the system has to offer through experimental play, making this title reminiscent of those beloved retro games, which often taught mechanics through experimentation. But, in this modern day, experiments resulting in death do come with a price; each failure is emblazed on the chest of your character.
Every facet of the game was tailored to work well, not only with the new technology of the Vita system, but also the realities of game play on the go. Escape Plan can be played casually passed back and forth between friends or by a single player attempting a speed run through the eighty-five levels available at launch. While a complex puzzle game, Escape Plan also delivers on the details with a soundtrack and environments that are deceptively simple yet engrossing for even the casual gamer. But where Escape Plan really rocks is the creative use of player caused environmental manipulation on both the front and back multi-touch screens.
Irreverent and dark yet funny this game is optimal for anyone desiring to see humorous character deaths by gigantic fan blades or anyone who really see what the Sony Vita can do. And if that sounds good keep in mind that there may even be more content for Escape Plan coming in the future.