Tetra’s Escape has had a rather stealthy release and has jumped in from under the radar. It is a platform puzzle game that definitely got my brain working overtime throughout my playthrough and also had me tearing my hair out on more than a few occasions too. The game is set around fairly small scale levels within different worlds and the aim of the game is to literally get from A to B. To do this I had to solve a variation of platform puzzles to get across to the portal to exit through to the next level.
Each level will have a different number of the Tetra’s, who are little bouncy blocks that only have the ability to move left or right and jump up to just one block platform. The initial levels are fairly simple but it’s later on in the game where I found myself scratching my head trying to figure out how to complete the larger, more difficult levels. There are stars to be collected before I was able to exit through the portal and there is also an optional trophy to collect too. Depending on how many Tetra’s you start with in each level kind of gave an idea as to how complex the level may be.
There are different types of Tetra to utilise with some being able to morph in to Tetris style blocks. These blocks can be used to get the main Tetra through some large gaps or particularly high platforms. There are various shapes that can be used and choosing correctly is key to completing each level because as soon as you set your morphed Tetra, then you lose them forever. It’s certainly a clever little game and there are some pretty tough levels in there that will not only test your patience but it will also test your puzzle solving skills too.
Tetra’s Escape is a simple but addictive game to play with only basic controls applied. While it’s a basic game in terms of controlling the Tetra, it still plays really well, with controls being responsive and with a very quick learning curve, allowing it to be appealing to gamers of all ages. It isn’t a deep control scheme and it really doesn’t need to be either as the real fun here relies on solving the clever puzzles throughout. The level design has been done really well and it’s here where Tetra’s Escape shines. Some may get frustrated at the lack of any kind of deep gameplay mechanic but what players need to understand about Tetra’s Escape is that it sets out to bamboozle you within its levels and it certainly succeeds as I got caught a few times with nowhere to go by making just one wrong move. I found myself having a break from it a few times though and coming back to it later with a fresh head and a fresh outlook seemed to clear my head and helped me eventually solve the level I would be stuck on.
Along with its basic controls. Tetra’s Escape is also a very simple game to look at, with basic visuals throughout, there isn’t really much on screen other than blocks and basic scenery. While it doesn’t sound too pleasing on the eye, just like the controls, this game doesn’t need over complicated visuals or huge detailed levels to show its true personality. It still has a cutesy look but if you’re expecting sharp visuals, then unfortunately you’re going to be disappointed. Audio is non existent too with basic sounds and music playing in the background throughout. The biggest issue is with the grammar and spelling that are pretty inconsistent throughout with a few spelling mistakes creeping in to the text bubbles when explaining how to play. It’s not a big deal, but it’s a little disappointing to see nonetheless.
Tetra’s Escape is a cutesy, fun and addictive little platform puzzle game that has some great level design and is simplistic, yet challenging in every single way. For the price point of £3.99 it’s hard not to recommend this game to fans of puzzle games in general as it’s at a very appealing price with a fair amount of fun to be had with it. There isn’t really much extra that is worth a second playthrough but there is definitely value for money here. It is far from perfect, has a few little issues that have slipped through the net and it’s very basic but rest assured that the later levels will challenge you and definitely get your brain working overtime.