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Shift Escape is My New Candy Crush

The ChickieNob has taken to saying “heart” instead of “love” (as in, “I heart Harry Potter.”), so I’m going to copy her and say:

I heart Shift Escape by Agent Lobster.

Like really really really heart it.


So Shift Escape is Pacman without the ghosts and with a lot more obstacles.  Each board is a simple maze, and the object is to gobble up all the purple dots in as few moves as possible.


At the top of the screen, you can see the minimum number of shifts for a “perfect” escape (in this case, 32) as well as the number of shifts you’ve used (in this case, 0, because I haven’t started the board).  There is also a purple gate at the bottom.  That gate opens after you’ve gobbled all the purple dots so you can exit.

It sounds like a lot of moves (32), but remember, it’s a maze.  Every time you double back, you use up one of your shifts.  I’ve had to try most puzzles two or three times to hit that minimum number.  Sort of similar to ThinkFun’s Rush Hour.

Of course, you can also choose to move on to the next puzzle without getting a “best score.”  You can settle for a high score (at least that has been the case so far).  And that’s the nice thing that differentiates it from Candy Crush.  If you hate a board, you can solve it in a half-hearted way and move on vs. getting stuck on the same board for weeks trying to seek a very specific score.

You get the first 40 boards for free.  You can unlock a lot of extra levels for $1.99.

I’ve been rewarding myself with a board between tasks.

I just heart it.


1 knottedfingers { 03.19.15 at 2:42 pm }

That looks fun! Reminds me of the game on the old computers where you are this worm and you eat numbers and get bigger and bigger! I used to play it for hours!

Actually I think I’ll see if I can find anything similar in my playstore (I’m on Android so no Shift Escape for me)

2 apluseffort { 03.19.15 at 3:40 pm }

Oh boy. My Candy Crush is still Candy Crush… halfway through the 500s now. But I’m always up for a new game when I run out of lives! Oh wait, I’m on Android too. Drat!

3 Mel { 03.19.15 at 4:42 pm }

I wonder why they didn’t make it for Android.

4 Evelyn Diamante { 03.19.15 at 5:18 pm }

Playing this game was my stress option before but as the level increases I felt it wasn’t fun anymore and became stressful because I cannot keep moving and more chances of getting out of lives. So, I stop for more than a month now.

5 Catwoman73 { 03.19.15 at 8:35 pm }

Lol- I almost didn’t read this, because the last thing I need is something else to get addicted to! But now that I HAVE read it, I’m going to have to try it. Thank you? I think? 🙂

6 Linda { 03.19.15 at 9:33 pm }

Have you tried Flow Free? Seems similar. I heart it because it’s relaxing.

7 Tiara { 03.20.15 at 3:28 pm }

I have recently become addicted to Can You Escape! I love the challenge, especially if I can solve without watching a hint video!!

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