Release: May 2007
Reviewed on: PC
Escape From Paradise
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Imagine going on a luxury cruise to end up stranded on an unknown island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This is the challenge you’ll face in Escape From Paradise, a game that mixes strategy, time management and various mini games into a single adventure.
Escape From Paradise starts you on day 1 of your stranded existence after your ship the SS Fantasy strands you and 50 passengers on a tropical island. Without a moment to waste players will need to start building the necessary structures, explore the island and gather radio parts (your best hope of rescue).
The fact that players start with a large number of survivors from day one creates a very different experience in comparison to similar island survival games as players have all the villagers they need right from the start, although you do have to win them over to your leadership.
As such much of your time is spent keeping your survivors sane as you take care of their basic needs in a sim-like experience. Hunger, thirst, sleep and social are important factors that must be monitored and provided for if you’re ever going to escape the island environment.
Beyond caring for these basic needs players attention will be given to unearthing an array of treasures and the 10 radio parts mentioned early. Most of this is driven by the over two dozen challenges that range from simple building projects to more complex multi-part efforts. Most of the later challenges in particular require special skills that survivors can only obtain through specialisation (such as a lumberjack becoming more proficient the more trees he chops down).
To break up the management elements the game is also packed with mini-games, a total of 17 in all. For the most part these are all games you will recognise such as match 3, Sudoku and checkers but are well-designed despite the lack of innovation here.
- Interesting mix of mini-games, management and sim gameplay.
- Survive on an island with many other shipwrecked passengers.
- Look after the basic needs (hunger, thirst, sleep and social) of your community.
- 17 Mini games that feature all your favourites.
- Customise your characters and complete many challenges.