Escape rooms are all the rage these days. 990 Escape Games – Challenge 2017 attempts to take the concept of an escape game and place it into app form. Unfortunately, the app fails to capture the quality and excitement that is found in real-life escape games.
- Find clues
- Solve puzzles
- Escape the room
When you first open the app, you may be prompted to establish an internet connection, even if you’re already connected to the internet. You may also notice a host of typos in the app’s descriptions. An ad is displayed at the top of the page, but it’s partly cut off by the main screen. As you play the game, you’ll find that the while the rooms look good, the items in the rooms are fairly basic. There is some mysterious background music to keep you motivated though.
This app is not being rated for education.
The idea behind the app is that you find clues to help you escape the room. You do that by tapping on different objects in the room. Look for codes. Collect tools such as maps and magnifying glasses. Then put all of the pieces together to escape. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of direction. You’re not given much feedback as you attempt to solve puzzles, so it’s hard to know if you’re on the right track. Because of the error with the internet connection mentioned in the quality review, it’s hard to tell if the game doesn’t give hints or if the hints would be displayed if it would connect. The instructions you do get are written a bit awkwardly and contain a lot of typos which makes them more difficult to follow.
The app is free to download. An in-app purchase allows you to play the app ad-free. However, the only ad is at the top of the screen and easily ignored as you play. If you like escape games, you could try the app, but given its quality issues and the ads in it, it may be worth finding something else to play.
An ad sits at the top of the screen and can only be removed through an in-app purchase. Access to the App Store and to the products mentioned in the ad are not protected, making it easy for kids to gain access.
- NO rate us
- YES in-app purchase
- YES third-party ads
A lack of quality and ads make it difficult to focus on finding clues and escaping from the room in 990 Escape Games - Challenge 2017.