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Reviewed by Yuri Storchak

Genre and what to do:
   Adventure/ life simulation. Welcome to Escape from Paradise pits you as one of 50 castaways marooned on a tropical island. Your goal is to explore the isle, build structures necessary for survival, search for treasure and radio parts, make your way to the volcano at the island's center and eventually reassemble the radio and call for help. You direct the lives of your castaways, watching them interact with their environment and each other. You assign names (or accept default ones) and care for their needs. Specifically, you monitor four areas: hunger, thirst, sleep and social. Keep them satisfied and they'll be happy campers. But, allow them to become too hungry, thirsty, tired or lonely and they refuse to work. Regarding to the adventure aspect, exploring the island is critical to rescue. You must unearth various treasures, locate ten radio parts and overcome 30 challenges. In fact, a significant facet of play is completing the challenges given by the man behind the Tiki mask. These include simple tasks like building huts, digging wells and erecting bridges. Just grab a castaway and drag them to the appropriate object. For instance, to chop wood, drag them to a tree. To dig a well, drag them to a pool of water. That's it. Successfully finish each challenge and a reward awaits -- new tools or skills necessary to effect your survival and rescue. The game contains also elements of strategy. Initially, you begin with two survivors, you and another castaway. However, as you complete the game's challenges, others witness your progress and join ranks of their own accord. Once integrated, you manage them to improve their skills. Lumberjacks hew trees for wood. Carpenters use wood to build. And, Providers gather food. Initially, your castaways need to be jacks-of-all-trades. However, as your clan grows, specialization becomes the key for success, as later challenges require higher level skills to complete. Skills are advanced by experience and by points earned in the various mini-games.

Style and atmosphere inside the game:
   Escape From Paradise is a captivating game that combines several genres and features colorful detailed graphics, diverse sound effects and appropriate drum music. Highlight of the game is variety of mini-games, which appear as you complete challenges, and considered challenges themselves, they include Tribal Checkers, Rock Toss (Marbles), Word Jumble, Firewalk (Simon), Chinese Checkers, Towers of Hanoi, Shuffleboard and Tribuku (Sudoku). A few are even based on popular casual games such as Shipwrecked (Bejeweled) and Furious Feast (Diner Dash). In all, 17 mini-games are built-in. All in all, Escape From Paradise is the fascinating game with nice presentation, addictive game play and tons of mini-games that add variety and increase your skill points, necessary to survive.

Offline gameplay: 1 player
Multiplayer: No
Publisher: Big Fish Games
ESRB Ratio: Everyone

Extras and features:
Colorful Detailed Graphics
30 Original Challenges
17 Unique Mini-games
Five Games in One Adventure
You can't adjust game speed, like in Virtual Villagers

Requirements: OS: Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows Vista Memory: 256 MB DirectX: 7.0 or later CPU: P700

Alternative names: EscapeFromParadise, Eskape From Paradise, Escape From Paradize

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