I Can’t Escape: Darkness – Darkness Puzzles You

“I Can’t Escape Darkness is the Indie Horror Game Version of Cube”

I’ve always loved games that focus on exploration and horror. Titles like Silent hill, Fatal Frame, or Five nights at Freddy’s all have this sick and twisted jump scare component and horror aesthetic that translates perfectly in the video game world. I Can’t Escape: Darkness is another game we can add to this list! Created by Fancy Fish Games, it is the combination of puzzle and horror that many gamers have been looking for. It might seem a bit simple on paper; players must escape the maze and solve all the puzzles that come their way in a frightening environment, but I Can’t Escape Darkness has something interesting lurking below the surface.

After playing the game for some time, things are a lot harder and trickier than you might expect, because each puzzle seems to be alive and totally out to kill you if you aren’t careful. I Can’t Escape Darkness manages to be an immensely challenging puzzle game, while also maintaining a solid horror genre feel. At its core it has relatively simple game mechanics, (walk around, open doors, avoid traps etc) but the tone and feel of the game create so much tension that this become a tense and stressful experience.

The game uses randomly generated dungeons, which is really impressive seeing as the original game (I can’t escape) was a flash game. This is awesome because the game doesn’t get redundant. You are able to explore new locations and experience new puzzles that have intricate solutions.

The visual style in I Can’t Escape: Darkness is something I was drawn towards right from the start. Each location, be it a tomb or sewer manages to convey a dark atmosphere while also being aesthetically pleasing.

Secrets are around every corner, and even if it might not sound like much at first, each run through manages to bring something new to the table each time. The special rooms are interesting but are definitely some of the hardest things to find in the game. The ability to Tweet your place of death is quite morbid, but a pretty hilarious way to spread awareness about the game via social media.

I can’t escape Darkness is s a pleasant, unique experience that will have you coming back for more. It’s replay value is quite high, which makes this indie game a real bargain for $11.99. I can’t escape darkness is the indie horror game version of “Cube”, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

You can pick up I cant escape Darkness on STEAM for $9.99 for a limited time!

Review Score
  • 7/10
    Gameplay - 7/10
  • 7.5/10
    Graphics/Art - 7.5/10
  • 8/10
    Music - 8/10
  • 8.5/10
    Fun Factor - 8.5/10

Ralph is an avid retro gamer and indie game aficionado from New York. NES titles like Contra, Metal Gear, Shatterhand, and Metroid were the first games he ever played and he's been hooked ever since. In his free time he plays guitar, steam games, and writes for His Twitter handle is @ralph_durso where he tweets about his favorite indie games.

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