So I didn’t expect to post Killer Escape as today’s Cheap and Dirty Gamer, but the further I got into it the more I realized it met my random criteria for this series. Killer Escape may seem like a simple picture hunt/puzzle game on the surface, but dig below that and you’ll find one of the most outrageous and complex escape plans ever.
You start off in a cell as your captor mocks you from the open door. He’s your classic creepy type, with his bloody eyes, orange jumper, featureless white mask and some horror fueled motivation for keeping you there. For one reason or another he leaves you unchained as you goes to do some psycho killer related chores, confident that your “weakened” state will prevent you from running off. He does lock the cell door, which would make for a hopeless scenario if this happened to be real life. Fear not, this is a video game and as a result, your prison is filled with clues from previous captives and helpful items. These things aren’t just lying around though, as you’ll be forced to dig through icky stuff like cobwebs, dog food and even an eviscerated rat. Ewww!
While you seem to be given more than enough to pick the lock and run free, the actual goal of the game is to fool around with the boiler and cause an explosion that will kill the jerk that stuck you there in the first place. Even though this strategy seems far more dangerous than simply acting like you are dead and then jamming something into the killer’s eye when he’s least expecting it, the steps you take towards this grand finale are entertaining enough. Besides, it’d be a pretty short game if the aforementioned eyeball stabbing took place.
I like these kind of games and think that the violent tone and bleakness of the scenario make it the perfect example of a hardcore game for casual gamers. It’s also a pretty good gateway game if you happen to be a fan of movies like Saw or slasher flicks from good ol’ days. There were a couple of head scratch worthy moments, but nothing major so even stupid idiots can enjoy it. The best part is, like all horror movies this one ends with a creepy cliffhanger that leaves the door open for a sequel. If you haven’t learned by now, magical killers don’t go down that easily.
Cheap and Dirty Gamer – Being cheap used to be an insult, but with the economy in the dumps it’s now a survival skill. Being dirty also used to be an insult, but that changed after Christina Aguilera’s song came out. Not all gamers have the funds to play full priced games, but that doesn’t mean that gaming quality has to suffer. There are good free and cheap games everywhere, games specifically made for the sexy survivors among us.