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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Houdini's Infinite Escapes"

Houdini and his wife BessImage via Wikipedia

Another one of these puzzle adventures, this one uses Houdini and his museum as a theme. Is it good? Not too bad, but it's a bit too short, with only like half a dozen "rooms" to solve, and most involves "hunt the pixel". However, it's nice that the choices are a bit less as the "hand" moves by "chunks", limited your choices and frustration. Overall, it's a pretty good design, it it may help you to know a bit about Houdini history, but you'll also learn some as you play. Just wish it has more rooms, but the maker promised to release more downloadable puzzles for free.

Without spoiling the game, basically you allegedly fell asleep and was locked inside the Houdini Museum. The only way out is "through", and you'll be helped along the way by Jeeves, the ghost of Houdini's butler. Each room has a series of puzzles you must solve based partially by Houdini's life, and once you solve it all, you proceed to the next room. At the end of room X you will escape to the outside, and end the game. Each level also has two pieces of a playing card hidden as a "bonus" puzzle.

The puzzles are logical and can be solved with just a bit of logical thinking. I solved the whole thing (including finding the bonus pieces) in a few hours, so it's not that hard. The downloadable puzzle, on the other hand, will take a bit longer. Basically, it's about finding parts, and using those parts at the right places. And lock puzzles are just chain tumbler exercises. There are some combination locks around, but the combination is usually given nearby. Even more complicated puzzles have hints left nearby, and every object you find have some uses. It's a nice puzzler.

The use of Houdini references are good, such as Transformation, water chamber escape, and so on.

All in all, Houdini's Infinite Escapes is an "adventure puzzler" that should delight the younger audience. The older players may find it a bit short and a bit too easy, but it is nicely produced and teaches you a bit about Harry Houdini (which is not his real name).

Overall rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: good Houdini reference, good combination of puzzles, reduced pixel hunt
Cons: not that difficult or challenging, inabiiity to skip the dialogues, very short

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