DescriptionEscape the House is a brief first-person adventure game in which the player is trapped inside of a house, having presumably been kidnapped, and must escape in order to find their way back home.
The majority of the game involves exploring the house in order to find a set of keys that, together, will unlock the front door. These keys are hidden throughout the house and the player must pixel-hunt the many rooms in the house in order to find them. Besides keys, the only other items that players can carry with them are sandwiches, which similarly serve a puzzle solving purpose. In addition to searching for and using items, the only other type of obstacle to the player comes in the form of a riddle that prevents the player from progressing after they have escaped the house.
Aesthetically, the game is played almost exclusively in black and white while the player is trapped in the house; the game only introduces color once the player has escaped. The game also contains a musical score, with each section of the game being accompanied by its own unique instrumental acoustic guitar piece played by the game's creator.
The game features a save game function although it is impossible to die or render the game unwinnable.
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MusicThere are three distinct acoustic guitar pieces that are heard it varying points within the game, titled "creepy," "Outside theme," and "03 Track 03" in the game's "source" folder. In the "Info" section of the game's Main Menu it is noted that the outside theme is, in fact, an acoustic cover of the song "Blackbird" by the British band, the Beatles. In potential homage to this fact the song features periodic tweeting of birds throughout it. The "Info" section also notes that "Track 03" is the actual title of the third song in the data folder, which was written when the game's creator was only 9. It is worth noting that while the other two songs have creation dates of early 2011, "Track 03" appears to have been originally recorded in the Summer of 2009.
Because all three of the game's music files are stored as unencrypted MP3 files they can easily be listened to outside of Escape the House using a media player.
The song "creepy" that plays in the Main Menu of the game and continues for the duration of the game spent by the player in the house begins with what initially sound like footsteps and the slamming of a door. While this matches the tone both of the game and its opening menu, which features a very simple house with no windows and a single lock on the front, it is likely that this is unintentional. The footstep sounds continue throughout the song and are more likely the sound of a metronome or similar device meant to help the creator keep time while playing, while the slamming of the door is likely incidental background noise, as other unrelated noises (such as the artist's clicking of the mouse to end the recording) have also been kept in.
Related Web Sites
- Official Page (The game is available as a free, legal download on the developer's website.)