Area 86 takes the idea of an escape room game, adds a bunch of physics interactions with an unwieldy little robot as the protagonist and gives you a pretty good time for your monies.
The story here is relatively simple, with it taking place on a space station where the AI has become corrupted and you need to stop it. You don't come here for the story though, you come here for the challenge. You might also come across a few other robot friends to set free.
Inspired by the likes of Human: Fall Flat, Overcooked and Portal you need to explore, push, throw and destroy your way through each level as you find the solution to escape. It's not easy, and some of it's actually quite hilarious.
Each level is quite different, with multiple ways you can solve the puzzles. I've ended up quite literally falling through something into a solution here and there. Since it's all physics-based, if you have good logical mind it probably won't be too difficult to complete. If you do get stuck though, there's a handy hint/task system so you get a reasonable idea of what to try. That doesn't mean it's easy though, and there's quite a few things you need to do in each level.
Part of what makes it challenging is the protagonist, a sweet little blocky robot that's a little tricky to control. Not overly so but accelerate too fast and you might screw up, which thanks to the physics system can make it pretty funny.
- Smooth physics-based gameplay
- Destructible environment
- Robot parkour
- Pleasant puzzles and tasks
- Secret places and hidden objects
Looks like they've had a very quiet release, with currently only 1 counted user review on Steam. A shame but unless you do some good marketing, there's too many others to get noticed. It's lucky I found it a while ago and got a little hooked by the idea or it's possible I might have missed it too.
Find Area 86 out now on Steam.