Killer Escape 3 brings together several key elements of many escape room puzzles and excellent story telling in order to provide a very interesting game experience. However, the subject matter of the game has changed a lot in this third entry as the crazy enemies of the original games have been replaced by something a lot less insane and a little more surreal. Not to spoil anything of course, but Killer Escape 3's main antagonists are not your typical "killers", and the only way to survive this encounter is to be extremely aware of your surroundings.
What is Killer Escape 3?
KE3 is an escape game. For those of you not familiar with the genre, these are point and click puzzle games that mostly focus on the concept of solving puzzles in order for the player to escape a 'room'. In Killer Escape, the focus is escaping several rooms in order to break free from the captivity of dangerous killers. The first two killer escape games featured killers that would easily be considered as serial psychopaths. The enemies in this third game, however, kill for function and for fulfilling their own objectives, which makes them even more scary and unsympathetic.
What are Escape Games?
This question can lead to a pretty long answer, but to cut it short, they're basically an deviation of the point and click adventure game genre. The genre has gone a long way since the early White Room/Green Room Japanese browser games gained a cult following. Later on, the fascination extended to the real world with real life escape games (not surprisingly, this trend also started in Japan). The digital escape games are no longer limited to browser games either, they are now present in other platforms as well.
Pretty Creepy Game
The opening bits of Killer Escape 3 will quickly clue you in with regards to the events of the first two games. But it does pay off to play the previous ones as the storyline actually connects (if anything, the third game creates the solid link between the first two titles). But in case you feel like jumping headfirst into this third game, all you need to know is that your character is the protagonist of the first two games in which you fought against killers (one per game) and killed them in order to survive. The third game follows right after the events of the last one and puts you in a very scary location, a strange elevator shaft that is lit by an eerie red light.
What follows next is surreal, as a series of events will find you suddenly transported to an all new location that is obviously nothing like what you normally find. Gone are the typical blood-soaked walls or creepy hanging chains or even those much-shadowed locations with barely any light. The new location is a paranoid inducing sterile environment that will push the limits of your sanity as you try to figure out what is going on.
Needs Better Puzzles
As much as we appreciate Killer Escape 3, the puzzles of the game are not all that impressive and there are much better examples of online horror escape games here. And by impressive, we meant clever. The key to making a good puzzle in any game is that it makes you feel smarter or better just for solving it. Most of the puzzles in KE3 are simple 'match the right inventory item with the location' bits. And the rest are solved with relentless mouse-click spamming (or bored empty-space hovering). Finding hidden things in the game is just a matter of keeping an eye on the mouse cursor as you move it around as opposed to actually figuring things out.
Worth the Distraction
Since you can play Killer Escape 3 for a relatively short amount of time (the game even challenges players to finish it within 8 minutes –which is highly possible if you have already beaten the game the first time around), there is no real reason not to try it out. The visuals are pretty well done and are quite polished. There are even a few impressive animated cutscens that play in the game, and their insertion is done so masterfully that the transition between the gameplay and the events are pretty much seamless. While the puzzles are not all that new or special, they are still enough to give veteran players a satisfying run.