|Game experience: VERY GOOD|
|The difficulty of the puzzles
|Lots of code locks|
The Limitless agency, situated near the National Taiwan University, has just sent you on your latest mission: recover decisive military intel from North Korea! You will be passing as a prisoner in Kim Jong-un’s jails, where one of Limitless’s best—agent Z—has left behind indications for you to retrieve a secret microchip he snatched from the North Korean army, and escape the facility. Obviously, the indications were well hidden, so as to evade the guards’ suspicion. In due time, agent Z is going to distract the guards for one hour—enough time, Z believes, for you to interpret his indications, get out of your cell, find where he’s hidden the microchip and escape the facility. Needless to say, should you fail, the agency will disavow any knowledge of your actions.
This is how you’ll find yourself in prisoner’s clothes, blindfolded and taken behind bars. Once the blindfold down, the first thing you will notice is the necessity to cooperate with your fellow inmates, as you cannot possibly escape alone—no agent will start with a full understanding of the room’s configuration, a situation you will no doubt enjoy! Balanced with puzzles requiring task distribution, this results in a satisfying variety of dynamics throughout the play. Most puzzles consist in finding a combination to open a lock, but the other puzzles bring an appreciable diversity, and some of the riddles will require serious out-of-the-box thinking!
As a Limitless agent, you were chosen as much for your brain as for your dexterity. Parts of your escape will put this aspect of your training to the test, giving you a sensational feeling of what it looks like to escape from jail—or, with sound and light effects supporting the immersion, what it looks like to be in a movie!
Communication with agent Z will be possible through talkie-walkie, should you require any hints. Additionally, you will receive a warm welcome and debrief by a senior agent. Yours truly, having been through a mock exercise of the escape, managed to flee with three other agents from a replica of the facility within the hour-long window provided by agent Z. No doubt you will be able to succeed in your mission. The agency counts on you, as much as it counts on its detectives working on its other mission!
Game tested in December 2018 (photos: Limitless, Erica Magugliani via Unsplash)
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