A magical, purple goat may not seem like a natural for the role of heroic savior, but that’s just one of the many pleasant surprises you’ll come across in MagicalTimeBean’s latest puzzler, Escape Goat. Set in a mysterious “prison,” filled with traps, flame-spouting enemies, and a whole bunch of switches and buttons, Escape Goat walks the line between a dexterity-challenging platformer and a brain-busting puzzle game. Think Super Meat Boy, but with less viscera.
To wit: the titular goat will face a series of areas, each with five separate rooms, that he can reach from a central hub. All of the puzzle rooms in an area focus on a gameplay-related theme. For example, one area’s levels might force you to deal with multiple moving platforms and switches, while another might require you to use your companion (a magical mouse) to fit through small spaces and distract enemies. While it’s certainly possible to die (a lot), Escape Goat won’t punish you for this, instantly respawning you and giving you unlimited chances to get it right. Which, eventually, you will. (more…)