Escape games are all the rage right now. There are even places where you can go and the building is set-up with a real life escape scenario where you and your friends have a certain time limit in which to figure out the puzzles and escape from a room. Mountain Valley Escape is an app with the same idea: collect tools, use them to unlock the puzzle pieces and escape from a mysterious mountain valley.
The game begins with a short back story of how you ended up in the mountain valley: you were on a family vacation and somehow got left behind. Now it’s up to you to find the hidden objects and figure out how to use them to escape. Unfortunately, that is all of the instructions and helps you receive and now the player is completely on their own to figure out what to do. To collect the items, simply tap on them and they will be stored to the left of the screen. Tap and drag them back onto the screen to use them. You have to do things like saw off tree branches and dig in the ground to uncover the keys you need to unlock the pathways to escape. There is a timer running at the bottom which I assume is so you can keep track of the time it takes to escape and try to beat your time the next time you play.
Honestly, this app was not my favorite. I found the lack of help and instruction quite frustrating. I even had to resort to looking up cheats online to get past the first screen. I played this app for about an hour total to get some idea of how to play and give it an honest review and I was relieved to be done with it. The graphics are not the highest quality, the written instructions at the beginning have spelling errors in it, and unless you pay for the full-version you have pop-up ads interrupting play every 5 minutes or so which was very annoying. I typically enjoy puzzle apps and find them challenging, but this one was just plain frustrating for me. My 6 year old and 8 year old also tried the app and didn’t even make it 5 minutes before they gave up, so I would not recommend it for younger children. If these types of apps are your cup of tea, then I would definitely recommend trying the Free version first before spending money on it.