Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Episodic gaming is all the rage these days, much of this success being thanks to Telltale Games' way of releasing titles. Indie point and click adventure, Reversion: The Escape, continues that trend although it looks set to be a rather expensive story to follow.
Waking up in a hospital with no memory of what has gone on before has to rank in the top five of worst nightmares, and is precisely what happens to the protagonist here. Surprisingly calm, he goes to work on figuring out how to get out of the hospital and piece together what's happened. Not much is explained with the focus entirely on escape, which explains the sub hour length of the episode. Presumably, more will be unveiled in future installments. Traditional point and click adventuring elements are here with the player stumbling around the few rooms within the hospital, tapping on items to work out how to combine them and, ultimately, escape.
Unlike some adventure games, Reversion: The Escape isn't obtuse with it. In fact, the puzzles are very clearly solved by anyone with even a modicum of experience in the genre. It's a little too easy, with the swathe of unlimited hints that are available merely reinforcing the deal.
Reversion: The Escape also hides a little too much of its potentially intriguing and time travel based storyline, failing to hook players into becoming excited for the next episode. Control issues rear their heard, also. A series of buttons are scattered around the screen to enable interaction but I found the use button seemingly 'sticking' and refusing to work unless I tapped at it just the right angle. Each button suffers from the 'too small' plight, also.
That's a lot of criticism in one go and I'm not quite finished yet. Reversion: The Escape is $2.99 for under an hour of gaming, gaming that feels quite functional rather than intriguing. Worst of all, that's the same price as Broken Sword: Director's Cut, a far superior title. For those who have already enjoyed the delights of such excellent adventure games, it might be worth delving into Reversion: The Escape. For everyone else, though, I'd suggest caution till we see more of what comes of this series.