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"Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game Review

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Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Will you want to escape from this game as fast as possible?

"Escape the room" games have been quite popular on the internet for a while — a quick Google search will yield a number of creative flash-based puzzlers in which the aim is to solve a number of puzzles within a single room in order to escape. With "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game, developer Ateam has attempted to bring the genre to WiiWare, but should you just stick with free games instead?

It took a while for this game to be released in the west - Japan has had it as 1 Nuke! Dasshutsu Game * My Home Hen for almost a year! For some strange localization reason, the main characters have both been given differently coloured hair and clothes, but other than that, it seems to be the same game.

The game's storyline is pretty simplistic, but nonetheless somewhat weird: Milo is a little boy who loves puzzles, so for his birthday, his dad locks him inside a room full of them, with no escape until all of them are solved. Someone call child support, please!

From there on it's pretty much just like any of the flash-based escape games. Using the Wii remote's pointer, you can hover over various objects in the room, pressing the A button to examine them. A few objects can also be interacted with in different ways — for example, you can unscrew a lightbulb by instead holding the B button (making your little hand icon look as if it is grabbing onto the object) and then twisting the Wii remote.

Once you have picked up a few objects, obviously it's time to start looking for places to use them at. Although some of the solutions are pretty obvious (key goes in keyhole, anyone?), for the most part the puzzles require careful studying of the rest of room. There are a total of four sections of the room you can look at by clicking on arrows pointing to the left and right, and from there you can even further zoom in to specific parts of the room to have an even more detailed look.

After solving all puzzles in the room and opening a door, don't think it's over just yet; you'll actually wind up in a second room with even more puzzles to solve. It's here where you get a choice — this room actually has three exits. Two of them are rather simple to find and will lead to two of the game's endings, while the third one, which requires you to solve the entire room, will then go on to lead you to a third and final room, which, when finished, gives you the best ending.

Although the game appears childish, graphics-wise, be assured that it is actually very challenging; some of the puzzles stumped us for what seemed like hours before it finally clicked and we figured out the solutions. Hidden around the two rooms are little gold medals — at any time you can exchange one medal for one hint from Milo's dad, but trust us when we say that these are generally incredibly vague and will not help you much.

Once you've beaten both rooms, there's really nothing else to the game - You can try to locate all medals (the game keeps track of how many you found) but there are no extra modes or anything.

Although the game's graphics are very child-like, they're pleasing to look at, and really, there's nothing wrong with them. Music-wise, there are only 7 songs in the game - They all sound pretty low-budget, but they're fairly fitting and not truly bad. In case you like them there is also a sound test to listen to them at any time.

Conclusion

Yes, you can find a whole bunch of similar games online for free, but "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game is fun, simple to play and offers two rooms instead of one. At 500 Wii Points, it comes with the lowest possible WiiWare game price, so if you want to put your brain to the test for a good 2-3 hours, this is definitely not a bad purchase.

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User Comments (26)

KnucklesSonic8

#1

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Enjoyed this review very much, especially the child support bit. lol. I'm really happy to hear it's not childish at all. Being a big fan of these types of games, I'm definitely getting this once it comes to NA (whenever that is).

the_shpydar

#2

the_shpydar said:

Hmm. For just 500 points, I'll check this out if it comes to the US. Seems like a fun little game.

Sneaker13

#3

Sneaker13 said:

This pulled me over the line, I'm getting this as soon as possible. I love adventures and it sounds like there is a lot of content to be filled instead of 1 room and 10 minutes.

Opa-Opa

#4

Opa-Opa said:

Great review, Drake. I'm totally agree with the score and with your impressions. A fresh new little title in the fantastic WiiWare catalog.

Omega

#5

Omega said:

Huh, after the heading "Will you want to escape from this game as fast as possible?" I didn't expect such a high rating. So this isn't a bad game at all, isn't it? Since I'm not familiar with "Escape Games" I have a few questions:

  • Can you save your game progress anytime? Or do you have to complete one of the three rooms before you can save?
  • How many puzzles are in one room?
  • Has this game 3D graphics? Can you look around in the rooms? Or are they just still pictures?
Rawk_Hawk

#6

Rawk_Hawk said:

The visuals have that 1950's cartoon style going for it. I kind of like it sounds fun.

DrakeStaff

#7

Drake said:

@Omega:

  • Yup, you can save any time.
  • That's kinda hard to say, each room has a number of easy things which anybody can figure out and a bunch of actually challenging puzzles. I'd say the amount of challenging ones in each room is about 4-5.
  • Everything's 2D.
ejamer

#9

ejamer said:

Would this game be too challenging for youngsters? I have some nephews that are 6 and 8... would this be a good gift idea?

ejamer

#12

ejamer said:

LOL... thanks johnmurdoch. Maybe I'll consider other options for my nephews.
:D

cheetahman91

#13

cheetahman91 said:

Looks like a freeware "escape the room" game. I'll pass on this one, since I am horrible at them. Oh wait, it isn't in America yet.

Omega

#17

Omega said:

I find it disappointing that some WiiWare games, including this one, are not localized.

Omega

#20

Omega said:

@Opa: Okay, good to know. Thanks. Maybe I'll buy it someday when I have just 500 points left.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#21

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Even though I really like these sort of games, I really don't like the way they've presented this game.

STILL, I'll consider this at some time in the future.

Good review, thanks.

SCC777

#22

SCC777 said:

i cannot seem to get the safe open in the first room i went to the little action figures and their hands are right left right left right and they each have fingers in the air so I tried that combination but to no avail, please help

Raven

#24

Raven said:

Hi, I have got stuck quite quickly trying to find the key card, Used the search tool and it reacts most right of the picture in the sofa screen. Just cannot find it, hint said about rubbing, Would be most greatfull if anyone could help.

Luigison

#25

Luigison said:

I'll might get this because I like the genre, but I'd rather see such games on DSi.

Andor

#26

Andor said:

@Raven:

That part of the game was for me one of the hardest, it didn't make any sense at all. You have to find a specific spot with the Seach Tool. Then do something there...

Now I saw that the post is from17 Oct...if you haven't figured it out until now (and I hope not, otherwise I doubt you would still play the game, lol) there's my tip.

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