Exit is brilliant. Very very brilliant. From the get go it is an extremely likeable and original puzzle game. Yes there are elements of both Lemmings and Prince of Persia about it, but Exit adds something new to the puzzle genre. Something new and exciting.
You play as Mr. ESC, a coffee addicted escapologist whose job is to rescue anyone in a sticky situation. Sort of like a well dressed superhero. There are 10 stages of sticky situations where you have to rescue people from burning buildings, flooded buildings and a building on the verge of explosion. There are 10 “acts” within each stage. Once you have done all 10 stages, there are another 11 to do which are even harder.
Each “act” has many puzzles you need to solve, such as how to get a boy to the exit from a pit of fire. There are 4 different types of people to rescue. Young adults, who can do what Mr. ESC can do, Grown adults, who can move heavy objects but can’t jump as high, kids, who can crawl into tight spaces but need help climbing and patients, who are unable to move so need to be carried or put on a stretcher. Each person offers a new way around the puzzle and some are essential to finishing the act.
What is lacking is a co-op mode. Being able to work through a stage with a friend really would have added to the experience.
Exit is very good looking. It has a very unique art style that, at times, is very reminiscent of Alien Hominid and at others, of a comic book. The music is superb. With a jazzy feel to the music that is a pleasure to listen to. However, the annoying repetitive sound clips of Mr. ESC and his companions does get a bit frustrating after a while
Overall, Exit is a very fresh, fun and exciting puzzle game.It has a very long life span, with most people going back trying to finish the stag quicker, or with more points. Well worth 800 points