Escape Game “Strange House”: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.”

Escape Game “Strange House”
By IDAC Games

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IDAC has a number of room escape games in the App Store, and this is one of their better-looking ones. However, it suffers from poor game mechanics.

Gameplay 3/5
While this game utilizes your usual room escape controls, they can sometimes be a bit off, resulting in many repeat attempts to do something seemingly simple. Most of the puzzles are fairly straightforward in concept, but the game mechanics make them seem more complicated than they really are. The game is very linear, to a fault. Even if you find parts of a puzzle and have an idea what you should be doing with it, you won’t be able to do so until certain other steps are taken. This could lead you to think that you’re wrong about a puzzle solution, when it merely means that you need to come back to it later. Sometimes you need to look over every inch of an item before it will allow you to move it. And some clues are off, which could make one think their game is bugged. This makes the game unnecessarily frustrating, and may lead some players to quit early on. But it’s still a decent game with some interesting puzzles, worth playing if you can pick it up for free.

Story 2/5
There really isn’t much story here. You decided to check out an eccentric man’s “strange house” and got locked inside. Now you need to use your surroundings to escape.

Graphics 4/5
The 3D graphics are a huge step up from IDAC’s usual simple 2D drawings. However, like all their games, it only utilizes half the iPhone screen, so it’s not as impressive as it could be. Instead of using the whole screen, the top part is your inventory, and the bottom has ads.

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You can navigate the house, but you see the four corners, as opposed to the usual four walls. This is an interesting variation from other room escape games.
Overall, the graphics are pretty impressive, albeit a bit stiff.

Audio 2/5
There’s no music in the game, and the rest of the sound effects are mainly the typewriter sounds coming from the text and a sparkly noise to announce you found an object. This makes the game feel a bit incomplete, and makes it hard to get fully immersed.

Replay Value 1/5
There’s no reason to play this game again once you escape. In fact, you’ll probably be so glad to finally be out of there, that you may delete it right away.

Conclusion 3/5
This is a challenging little room escape game that’s worth playing if you get it for free. Keep in mind that if you pay for it, it’s fairly short and you likely won’t play it more than once. The linear gameplay and sometimes-awkward controls may lead to gamebreaking frustration, but trust your instincts to escape the Strange House.

If you’re looking for more free room escape games, check out Diamond Penthouse Escape 2, Escape Game: “An Uninspired Man”, Escape Game: “An Odd Game” and these other room escape games.

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225 thoughts on “Escape Game “Strange House”: “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.”

  1. AppUnwrapper Post author

    If you’re looking for a walkthrough, feel free to leave any questions here and I’ll do my best to help!

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      1. AppUnwrapper Post author

        Hi,
        Once you have both hands, just combine them together. One of the icons should change to show both of them. Then you can attach them to the clock.

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          1. AppUnwrapper Post author

            Hi,
            Try opening one one then using the other on it. It might have to be specifically one or the other that goes first, so try it both ways. Once they’re combined in your bag, you can put them on the clock.

          2. Christaa

            Doublr tap on the long hand , it should open. Than click the little hand and connect it to the long hand.

      2. Ashley Pearl

        Im stuck on the same thing. Ive got the long hand but cant get the hour hand off. Help please if you manage to sort it out. Thank you

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      1. emielyn ramirez

        All u need to do is look at one of the book for the degree of japan
        and that’s what u have to enter on the phone…

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      1. Replier

        Ok, so you double tap one of the hands and then tap the other hand once, then tap on the detail screen, if you can’t get it if you click on the options button, then you click on how to play then click through.

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    1. Amanda

      I have both clock hands and they just keep saying they won’t stay. I have tried to combine them but they won’t do anything like that. PLEASE help me!!

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      1. Louis

        Go to clock click on it first then touch both ur clock hands now they are one set use tongs to open door und3r phone

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    2. karla

      Heyy
      i really need help.
      I got the 1 clock hand nd i saw the code but idk were to put it
      Help me sweety thank u

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    3. Bonnie

      I have the first hand of the clock an I cant figure out the code wat is the code an how do I do about the puzzle in the bathroom sink

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    4. Tiki

      Hi I have 2 out of the 3 monkeys. Ie the monkeybfron the statue andbthebone fron the clock. I need help with the 3rd monkey.

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  2. Reilly

    In the upstairs bathroom there is a puzzle in the sink. I know how to do it I think but it won’t let me fill the tank that’s on top of the box.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Hi,
      That can be a frustrating puzzle. You need to get 4dl into one beaker and then pour it on the scale.

      If you need more help than that, let me know.

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  3. Rachael

    I have everything in place bar a hose, metal tongs and a empty space on the bottom row which indicates I need to find something else. Please help….

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          Oh, I thought you said you had the hose in place. The hose can’t be attached until the very end, after you find the clue that tells you (indirectly) what to do with it.

          Did you find all three monkeys?

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          1. manoj

            hey.. i have placed 3 monkeys acc to the instruction but still nothing has happend.. please tell me what to do..

      1. emielyn ramirez

        I’m stuck… i have the 3 tile , the 2 eyeballs, the tong, hose, the 2 pieces of maps one clock hand n did the puzzles buhow do i get the hand n get the third monkey n use the hose??? plz help

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  4. Rachael

    No sorry. Iv got everything in place, but still have the hose and metal tongues. The last thing I did was place the monkeys, but can’t seem to do anything else?

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      If you placed the monkeys in order, something should have appeared in the square on the door next to them.
      That’s actually one of the places I was talking about where the clue is horribly off. Try switching around the order of the monkeys until something changes.

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      1. Kari

        I tried everyhing with the monkeys and the hose and nothing would change or happen so i deleated the game very upsetting. when i first put the monkeys in place it said something happened i looked everywhere and even on the door still nothing.

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          When the monkeys are in the right position, a keypad should open up on the brown door next to them.

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          1. Kari

            could it be an app glitch? as I said it told me something happened so i looked right away at the door and it was not there. I will reload the game and see what happens

          2. AppUnwrapper Post author

            Hmm doubt it, but keep in mind that the order written on the door is not correct. So you need to rearrange them a bit to get it to work. Not sure why it would tell you it worked and then do nothing. Let me know if you have the same problem again.

  5. george

    i connect the hose and i sending down to the glass with beads and i have four numbers 1,9,7,2 and the door said symmetry what is the code?????help please

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Hi,
      Symmetry is the clue here. You need to take those four numbers to the keypad and draw a line of symmetry down the keypad. Then you need to treat it like a mirror and type in the mirror image of the numbers you found.
      Hope that helps! Trying to explain without giving you the answer :)

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          1. AppUnwrapper Post author

            That’s how the game interprets symmetry. It’s not very intuitive, I agree. But if you draw a line down the middle of the keyboard and work it out like that (a mirror image), you should be able to figure out the code.

        1. gadel

          I m looking and looking to the small clock … but impossible to take the hour hand !! Grrrrrrrr
          I am messing also the 3 monkey !!
          thanks for your help

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          1. gadel

            yes i’ve got it and theire is a code behind … i also find the code in the book ..that gave me 149 !? and so what ??? i try to dill it on the phone but nothing hapened

          2. AppUnwrapper Post author

            Try working out the code again. If you have the right answer, it will work on the phone.

  6. Andy Kor

    I found 2 of the 3 monkeys and I need hint on the 3rd one. I also need hint on the hour hand of the small clock. I have opened the globe, the statue and the water tank in the basin. I have also used the phone and the 4 pics. From the msg posted, think I missing hr hand, monkey and hose. Thanks.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      You need to solve the puzzle with the three statues. Zoom on every detail on the table and then you should be able to move them.

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  7. Andy Kor

    Thx! Got the last monkey and now is the hose and sthg else. 2 more empty spaces. Drop me a hint when you are back here. Meanwhile I will continue searching. Thx.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      You don’t have the hose yet? Did you check all the cabinets? ;). And place the monkeys in their slots — the order the game gives could be wrong. Move them around a bit until something happens.

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      1. Andy Kor

        The key pad appears after I shifted the monkeys around. The only place that i havent open seems to be the cabinet below the phone. Must have missed something. Hint?

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        1. Unchelled

          Ok, I had to keep double tapping the tongs and the cabinets it kept saying bam bam the tongs hit it but it wouldn’t open after like 3-4 times it finally opened.

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  8. Andy Kor

    Escaped. Thx. The game play is a bit complicated for simple game like this. The last code is kind of stupid too. The graphics is great though. Will try others. See ya ard.

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  9. Unchelled

    Ok. I am playing this on my iPad and I have been ALL over this room and moved everything possible and clicked EVERYWHERE and I can’t find the last relief I have the eggplant and volcano but the last one is evading capture. I am so confused by this game, I love puzzle games but this one is incredibly frustrating as far as being interactive or helpful. :P

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        1. Unchelled

          Thanks! I am now stuck. I have the two map pieces, the first 2 monkeys and and and and…. I have no idea what I am supposed to do to progress. I get that I need the monkey and to use the telephone, and to check the marbles, and the clocks blah blah blah… But I have no idea where I am supposed to go or do next. A hint perhaps??

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          Oh you didn’t get the one from the statue yet? You need to put both glass eyes in and the panel will open.

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          1. shane

            yes, i feel like im missing something. i got 2 of the monkeys, now like im stuck vie looked everywhere i do not know what the next step is.

    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Have you tried drawing a line of symmetry down the middle of the keyboard, then using the mirror image of the numbers you got off the beads?

      If that still doesn’t help, let me know.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Hi, the hose is one of the annoying parts of the game. You get it much earlier than you can use it. You can’t use it until the very end.

      For the first clock hand, look in the books downstairs for a number that could work on the phone.

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  10. Kari

    ok it will not let me put the hose on, and I am still holding the monkeys. should i place the monkeys first or something else with hose?

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Look at the right bookcase for a book that has a three-digit number. Use that number on the phone to get the first hand. Then inspect the second hand carefully.

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  12. Nasrah

    hy i cant move the animals on the table i tried zooming it thousand times still stuck doesnt move can u plz help me :)

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Hi! Make sure you zoom in on each animal and each label individually. Then zoom in on the carving on the table. After that, you should be able to move them around.

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  13. Liz

    I need the eyeball in the snakes mouth, but I’m not sure how to get it. Like i know you need to change the order of the animals but I’m not sure how to uhm yeah, move them.

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  14. Liz

    Scratch that, I did everything and now I need to get water from the faucet through the Hose but the hose like won’t attach to the tub thing

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      If it won’t attach yet, then you’re missing a step. It could be something as small as not reading the hint that leads you to the tub. Did the keypad open up on the brown door?

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      You want the answer or a hint? Either way, you need to take a closer look at the first clock hand. Also look at the book on the bottom shelf of the right bookcase.

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  15. Carey

    No matter what I do, the “135” won’t work on the phone! It keeps saying “nothing happened”. What am I doing wrong?? So frustrating lol

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Make sure you’ve seen all the clues for it (ie. The book on the bookshelf) or it won’t let you use the clue. The game can be annoying like that.

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  17. John

    I’m stuck on the telephone part, I really don’t know where to find the numbers, the phone says it is connected in the line below, but it is just connected in that broken clock..
    It’s really confusing o.0

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  18. nichelle

    okay the phone says i dont need to use it right now for my second code and iv read all the books. am i missing something?

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  19. dustin

    How do you pour the water out of the beeker. Ive tried fillinng them and empting them multiple times still nothing

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      1. Jen

        Are we talking about the clock hands? I have tried a million ways to make the clock hands “stay in place”. I believe I have fulfilled all the requirements, I only have the rope and tongs left at this point. I have opened all the other puzzles (bust, medals, water) and have even put my other two monkeys into the holes downstairs. STILL I can not get the damn clock hands to stick together! Or to stay in place. Help!

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        1. Elaine

          To combine the clock hands, you should double-click one of the hands which will give you a zoomed in picture of the hand. After that, click once on the other hand to highlight that icon and then double-click on the big picture(zoomed in picture). It should combine them. Hope it helps (:

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  20. Remps

    I don’t know what to do now. Got all three monkeys in place nothing showed up on door beside them. Still got hose and tongs, and one open space…..Hint please? Lol

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  21. hayley

    I have the minute hand and i know the code on the back of it but no matter how many different ways I work it I cannot get the hour hand please help

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  22. Crystal

    Hi. I can’t seem to get the last monkey out of the statue. I only found one eye from the snake’s mouth. Also nothing happens when I rearrange the 4 medallions on the picture upstairs. I used the hint from the book on the bookshelf. I’m stuck. Please help

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  23. Elaine

    To combine the clock hands, you should double-click one of the hands which will give you a zoomed in picture of the hand. After that, you should click once on the other hand to highlight that icon and then double-click on the big picture(zoomed in picture). It should combine them. Hope it helps (:

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  24. sierra

    im stuck at the beakers i cant get 4dl into one everytime i try to put the 2dl in the 3dl it add more water to the 5dl… HELP!!!

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  25. Jimmy

    Cant attach the hose tryed to get the block to appear on the last door but nothing is happing also cant get the hose attached been trying every thing really gettin on my nerves lol if you could help me out that would be great

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  26. Nancy

    I can’t find the eggplant pic can u help me n the clock on my game already have the hands but I can’t move them

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    1. Jared

      The eggplant is under the table and when you go upstairs there is a phone. Put 135 in and 1 of the hands on the broken clock will fall off.

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  27. Jared

    I looked all over the place but still cannot find the last relief. I gave both the mount fuji and hawk. I need help.

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  28. Jared

    I am at the telephone part now. I put it 135 and got minute hand but now I can’t get the hour hand. Please help

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  29. Michelle

    It’s so frustrating.. how do I apply the three reliefs in the panel? I can’t figure it out.. it won’t work!

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    1. Brad

      PS. The hose is hooked up. All I have in my bag are the Tongs and tape. I only have one empty spot and I think that a rope goes there.

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  30. Amanda

    I have both clock hands and have tried combining them several different times without any luck. It’s getting very frustrating!!! I have tried just placing them and they won’t go. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!

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    1. Tori

      It wont let you move them unless you see the hint….if you have click the object till it says you’ve picked it up the the hint is
      ” The weak go left,The strong go right. ” So put them in that order strong to weak

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  31. anita

    I need help with turning on the water. I jave everythin in place and im missing a spot. The hose is hooked up to the bathtub. It wnt let me turn it on. What do i do. Thanks

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  32. taylor

    On the statues you the to zoom knob the statues then zoom in on the words under meath them then on th words then you should be able to

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  33. Carissa

    Hi I have everything except the 3rd monkey but can’t put the hands together tried combining them in both ways help please

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  34. Denis

    Não consigo combinar os ponteiro….
    Ja fiz este procedimento:
    Para combinar os ponteiros do relógio, você deve clicar duas vezes em uma das mãos, que lhe dará um zoom na imagem da mão. Depois disso, você deve clicar uma vez no outro lado para destacar esse ícone e clique duas vezes sobre a imagem grande (zoom na foto). Ele deve combiná-los. Espero que ajude

    Mas não da certo……Help

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  35. tammy

    how do i do the beakers and pour into the 4 dl tank and how do u hook the hose to the tub and how do u find other piece of map and how do u fill the water tank downstairs stuck give me the answers plz

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