If you're like me, you may have played a lot of room escape games online. But did you know that it's also a growing trend in the Apple App Store? What's great about iOs apps, is they can take advantage of the touch, tilt and shake abilities of the devices. Here is a list of some top-quality games you should check out. Many of them are even free.
1. Antrim Escape (1, 2 & 3) By Game Hive Corp.
This is a series of three games, with a possible fourth to come, set in Antrim Castle in Ireland. The first one is the shortest of the three, but definitely worth playing. I found AE2 to be the most challenging of the three, and AE3 the most balanced. These games have High quality retina-optimized graphics and take advantage of the tilt and shake features. When you finish these games, you'll be wishing for more.
2. Ellie – Help me out … please By Ateam
This game offers a Japanese horror twist to the room escape genre. You are communicating with a little girl through a monitor, and you have to help her escape her cell. There are multiple endings, some good and some bad. So it's worth playing this game more than once.
3. RoomBreak: Escape Now !! By Gameday
This is for the hardcore room escape players. There are 5 episodes with 5 rooms each, making a total of 25 rooms to escape. Each one has an exhaust meter. If you're too slow to solve the puzzle, the meter runs out and you have to start the room over. This can be frustrating for most players, but for those who stick with it, it can be a very rewarding experience.
4. Diamond Penthouse Escape 2 By TeraLumina
While not as long or as unique as the other games in the list, Diamond Penthouse Escape 2 is a solid game with logical puzzles and a humorous ending. It's free and definitely worth your time. Also check out the other games by TeraLumina, such as Haunted House Escape.
5. Escape Game: "The Drifting Locked Chamber" By IDAC CO., LTD.
IDAC is responsible for many room escape games in the app store. They vary in quality, but most are full of challenging puzzles that could stump even the best escapers. I think of the Locked Chamber as one of their better games, as all the puzzles felt logical. Like most IDAC games, it is very linear, but not frustratingly so. If you like their games, you should download AppNavi, which offers many more of their games for free.
If you exhaust these, there are usually new ones out all the time. You could even try Bored.com for more room escape apps that last about five minutes each. If you'd like to see more details about these games, or read about others, take a look at my List of Escape Games. I even wrote walkthroughs for most of them.