Does anybody fancy a extremely elaborate sport of Jenga with a view to escape from the drudgery of the workplace? Boiled right down to its most elementary parts, that is what you might be getting with Wage Man Escape. Like many different trendy digital actuality (VR) titles, it seeks to supply some tongue-in-cheek commentary on the world of labor while concurrently aiming for a enjoyable and fascinating puzzle expertise.
Wage Man Escape may be operated with both the Twin Shock four or PlayStation Transfer controllers. The Twin Shock four appears to be a bit extra snug for long-term play, however the PlayStation Transfer was a bit of extra intuitive.
Gameplay acts an terrible lot like Jenga. Ranges are laid out as more and more complicated preparations of blocks. Those that may be interacted with are pink, whereas all of the others are white. As soon as the route between your Wage Man in his swimsuit and fetching pink tie is open, he dashes wildly for the open door.
You press a set off button to seize a pink block, then slide it round utilizing both the PlayStation Transfer need to the thumb stick with get it to the best location. Whereas the pink bricks are the one ones that may be instantly interacted with, the opposite blocks are topic to physics, and can fall and knock into one another, which may trigger catastrophe should you transfer the unsuitable piece on the unsuitable time.
The blocks have a satisfying weight to them, and there’s a particular satisfaction is accurately fixing a puzzle, notably in later ranges the place you’ll be able to arrange a lovely Rube-Goldberg-esque mechanism and watch every part fall into place after a single nudge.
Sadly, that is additionally the place one of many fundamental issues is available in. If a brick you don’t instantly management lands within the unsuitable place, even a tiny bit, it may well upset the whole apple cart and result in a catastrophic cascade that forces you to restart. Having to restart since you screwed up is one factor, however having to take action as a result of physics gods hating you feels a bit of unfair.
The opposite points entails the motion of the extent. As a substitute of transferring your self round, you progress the extent itself, rotating it and bringing it nearer with a view to establish one of the simplest ways to deal with the puzzle. Utilizing the Twin Shock four, that is finished utilizing the thumb stick, and the controls are inverted, with no obvious choice to vary this, which may result in frustration.
The artwork type is begin, principally that includes flat white blocks with touches of pink and black and muted backgrounds that intentionally invoke a very bleak cubical farm. Mixed with the manipulation of the degrees and the puzzle mechanics, it’s fairly strongly paying homage to the PlayStation three/PlayStation Moveable puzzle title Echochrome in some methods.
The music is… odd. Whereas it isn’t dangerous as such, the upbeat J-Pop-ish tunes really feel oddly misplaced, and get get grating and repetitive, particularly if you’re caught on a specific stage. Worse nonetheless, a few of them are earworms and won’t go away your head. Maybe one thing a bit of extra ambient might need match higher.
Wage Man Escape has some flaws, nevertheless it presents loads of gameplay time for the cash, The controls take some adjusting to, however there’s particular satisfaction to be discovered from mastering it, notably as you advance up into the later and extra complicated ranges.