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.