993 Mine Escape is one the latest in a wide variety of escape apps to be released. It follows the typical escape game protocol: solve the puzzles, collect tools, and try to break out in the least amount of time possible.
This time someone is trapped in a mine. 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 on the bottom of the screen. Tap and drag them back onto the screen to use them. You must search for hidden codes and look for visual clues around the room that reveal the right sequence of letters, colors or shapes needed to unlock things. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance and problem-solving to get through this one.
My disclaimer to this review is that I am not a big fan of escape games. I find the lack of hints and instruction frustrating and I can think of a million other things I’d rather do with my time. The graphics are a little hokey and unless you pay for the full-version you have pop-up ads interrupting play every 5 minutes or so which is very annoying. I typically enjoy puzzle apps and find them challenging, but these are just plain frustrating for me. However, if you are a fan of escape games like this, then take a look. It is a free download, with the option to upgrade to ads-free for $0.99, so it would be easy to check it out and see if it is one you’d like.