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Escape Plan Review

Written by Micah Messer

Playstation Vita launched with a pretty fantastic lineup, consisting of over 20 physical and downloadable titles. Escape Plan, made by some of the minds behind the PSN title, Fat Princess, is definitely one of the most promising games among that group. A puzzler that makes full use of the Vita’s front and back touch pads to the extent that buttons aren’t used at all. It takes a bit to get used to, but this game is well worth it. Its presentation is undeniably unique and filled with charm, and the game itself is a joy to play. Oh, and it’s only $15 on the PSN.

The best way to describe Escape Plan’s appearance would be to say it’s a mixture of Limbo and LittleBigPlanet. Limbo, for its eerie, black and white tone– LBP for its fun, light-hearted main characters, Lil and Laarg. In addition to Escape Plan’s excellent visual style, it also has fantastic sound design. The game features a classical score including the likes of In the Hall of the Mountain King, and Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca. There’s also some jazzy tunes thrown in that fit the black and white art style perfectly. The game also uses the classic laugh, gasp and clap tracks as if there were a live studio audience watching Lil and Laarg stumble their way through Bakuki’s Lair.

I’ll bet you can guess who’s who.

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Limbo Review

Written by Micah Messer 
In a 2D puzzle-platformer game, your goal is generally to manipulate your environment in a way that gets you from point A to point B. These are the fundamentals of the genre, and this is how Limbo functions. It doesn’t re-invent the wheel in any way in terms of gameplay, but it does deliver thought-provoking puzzles, an interesting art style, and outstanding atmosphere all in a disturbing, creepy black and white setting.

Limbo starts you off controlling a young boy waking up on his back in the middle of what appears to be a very dark, eerie wilderness.The game makes no attempt to explain who you are, forcing you to overlook that question for the time being, and set off to explore the aforementioned mysterious forest. It becomes quickly apparent that this is a hostile environment, full of things that kill you, often in horribly gruesome ways. With no real goal to work towards, the only thing you can do is move forward and try to survive.

Are... are you okay?

Are… are you okay?

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