Critter Escape (universal) from Chillingo is a stealth adventure game, taking place inside a secret research facility, where cute little creatures are held in captivation and tested on every day. When one of them gets the chance to escape, it’s up to players to guide them out, with a little bit of help from science along the way.
In most stealth games, the goal is simple: get to the exit without being seen. What makes Critter Escape stand out is the variety of challenges waiting in the game’s 120 levels. Some require completing a level on a timer, and others are focused around saving other critters or taking out the level’s enemies. Spread out across ten different environments, the game never feels stale or repetitive, with every stage bringing a different task to the table.
Another fun twist on the genre are the different power-ups the bean-like creature can pick up in levels or purchase. These can have a wide ranging effect on its abilities, giving players a leg up on their captors. Most of them are pretty straightforward – invisibility and speed are among them – but the amusing animations and helpful abilities give them a little bit of personality.
Navigating the levels can be a little difficult at times, however. The camera angle – which isn’t manually adjustable – is too flat, and at times, players won’t be able to see their character behind a wall. This isn’t a huge problem when using the virtual joystick, but when using the default line-drawing controls, it can be a pain to try and work the critter out from behind an unseen object in a corner.
But with 120 strategic levels to work through, there’s plenty of time to master the game’s different control options. It’s definitely one of the better stealth adventure games on the platform, right underneath th Spy Mouse or Dynamite Jack, but Critter Escape is an absolute blast of a time, and an easy recommendation for any Spy Mouse fan, or gamer who likes to look out for the little guys i