For anyone who has been lucky enough to spend the majority of the pandemic working from home, the idea of escaping from a room (or couch) that has become a makeshift office is a fitting one. Enter this A series of “escape rooms” included with Google Docs, This allows you to do exactly that, within web programs that you may be most familiar with. Today, Part 3 of the game is finally released, But you will never run away with Google Docs.
“Escape: The Game” By Anthony Smith Designed as a Choose Your Own Adventure in a series of interlinked Google Docs. You “wake up” from a vague dream in a smoke-filled room, tasked with getting out. Did “Part 2” do the same in a hotel corridor, and “Part 3” just released today, I’m not going to spoil myself or anyone reading this. We have seen Other escape room games included in Google’s program beforeBut Escape has a strange and frightening charm that is hard to deny.
As cool as it is, Google Docs isn’t the best place to play a game. Clicking links in documents can require multiple clicks to really take you elsewhere, and new tabs add up quickly. I can say my laptop was straining under the number of tabs I opened for bookmarks and in-game phone calling. What’s good about playing a cooperative word processor is that you can get help with solving puzzles. Both Part 1 and Part 2 feature pages that pull double-assignments as visitor records so that people leave their names and help each other solve puzzles. You need to request access to edit the page for Part 1, but even without direct edits, hints are still easy to get.
The actual narration early in “Escape” is minimal, but it leaves plenty of room to fill in the weird edges with your own connections. For example, the entire time I played, I couldn’t get rid of the similarities between the game’s smoke-filled cabin, and controlOcean View Motel. This control The level featured an escape room-style puzzle and served as the boundary space in the game that I came back to several times. “Escape” lacks wonderful visual aesthetics controlBut there is some common heritage in their strangeness.
I spent about an hour working during the first part of “Escape” and I finished that with over 50 open tabs and YouTube history is pretty weird. I learned some facts about dentistry, got frustrated with myself that I didn’t remember all of the original 151 Pokemon, and became increasingly concerned that this was all a trick to make me better understand how links work in documents. Overall, it’s not a bad way to spend time on the Internet