TETRA’s Escape is a puzzle platformer developed by ABX Game Studio and published by Ratalaika Games SL. It tells the stories of a group of blocks known as Tetras on their mad dash to escape. Escape what, you may ask yourself. Well, that is never brought to fruition, so we will just assume they were being oppressed to fulfill someone’s block-filled necessities. This journey isn’t all that straightforward and not all your friends are going to make it. Will you sacrifice the few to save the many? Or will you be stubborn and make sure no shapes are left behind. Warning: Some Tetras were harmed in the making of this review!
The gameplay mechanics take notes from other puzzle platformers but adds its own twist by having the playable characters manipulate the environment by becoming part of it. Each Tetra has a set block that it can become, with a few being special and having multiple transformations. This provides the possibility to mix and match the path to your playstyle, there is always more than one way to complete your goal. Possibly my favorite mechanic in TETRA’s Escape would be the flexibility and freedom provided to the player to complete the level. In most games, if the main character perishes to an untimely death, the level is over, and you must restart. Hell, some games are so strict that even when an NPC dies, you get a game over. This game, on the other hand, requires you to make some difficult choices and sacrifice a Tetra here or there to make sure the others can survive. Just be careful, one too many deaths will yield failure nonetheless.
TETRA’s Escape was definitely not on my radar and when we received the code, and I was doubting much potential would come out of it. At the beginning of my playthrough, I completely agreed with this early assumption and planned on chalking it up to be another average title that someone should go into with low expectations. However, as I progressed something clicked. I do not know if the colorful world made up for the middling gameplay, but I continued on and was actually a bit sad when the story came to the end. This wasn’t the best game I have ever played, it isn’t even the best puzzle platformer that I have played recently. I did enjoy the game though and I feel that more people should give it a shot. The game is only $5 USD, so if you can I would pick it up. The possible delight it offers definitely outweighs the price.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 8/10
+Cheap Price Point