Sadly, Get Me Out isn’t a massively in-depth affair in which a Clint Eastwood-esque protagonist plots an elaborate Escape From Alcatraz-style prison breakout. That would’ve been pretty good.
Instead, as you might’ve already inferred from the App Store icon, Get Me Out is a relatively sedate – but highly enjoyable – puzzler. It doesn’t have Clint Eastwood, true, but it does have a huge offering of mind-melting levels.
By sheer coincidence (I came across Get Me Out in the Top Free Games section of the App Store), the idea here is exactly the same as Mouse for Android, which I also recently reviewed.
However, in Get Me Out, instead of shifting blocks around a lab to make way for a little mouse, you shift blocks around a box to make way for a bigger red block. Said block isn’t quite as charismatic or endearing as Mouse’s mouse, but he’s ok. I guess.
Each level is comprised of a 5x4 playing area, with several blocks of either one or two squares. The block we want to get to the exit is a tad larger, at 2x2. It might sound simple, but the set-up yields an incredible 120 levels.
As in Mouse, there’s a hint as to how many moves it should take to complete each level, but there’s absolutely no need to stay under the target. Incentive comes solely in the form of Openfeint high scores.
In another indication of how chilled out Get Me Out is, you can skip straight to the last level if you like. There’s no need to complete the previous levels or earn a number of stars or whatever.
Incidentally, I don’t recommend starting with level 120. I’ve been staring at it for the past 20 minutes, and after some 30-odd moves realised I’d put the pieces back the way they were at the start. Bah! The game reckons it’s doable in 62 moves. Cripes.
Hints are all the rage in puzzle games, and developer Mapiz says it’ll introduce the feature shortly. New levels will also be added on a monthly basis.
And that’s Get Me Out.
- Challenging but laid back
- 120 levels
- Skip straight to 120 if you dare
- Gets very hard very quickly (that’s what she said)
Summary: Get Me Out is a highly enjoyable – and currently free – puzzler, in which you slide blocks around in order to get a big red block to the exit. It’s very good.
Developer: Mapiz @ Manna Holdings
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: currently free @ App Store