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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Sam
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How do you get the clock hands to stay on? thanks

Wolly
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I have both hands of the clock but can not combine them:( how should I do that?

Christaa
Reply to  Wolly
7 years ago

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

Ashley Pearl
Reply to  Sam
7 years ago

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

Jay
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I can’t figure out the phone and where to find the symbols to use the code book to translate.

emielyn ramirez
Reply to  Jay
7 years ago

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…

hi
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Clock hands won’t connect together?

Replier
Reply to  hi
7 years ago

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.

tweetybyrd
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

how do you the statue

Amanda
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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!!

Louis
Reply to  Amanda
8 years ago

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

kailin
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How to get the hose ?

Peter tan
Reply to  kailin
8 years ago

Hi, did u know how to get the hose… ? Some how I miss out on this th
anks

karla
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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

Bonnie
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
7 years ago

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

Tiki
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
7 years ago

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.

Reilly
8 years ago

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.

Dee
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

How do u pick up the beaker to pour in tank?

Rachael
8 years ago

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….

Rachael
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

It won’t let me? Iv tried both bath and sink??

manoj
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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

emielyn ramirez
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
7 years ago

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

Rachael
8 years ago

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?

Kari
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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.

Kari
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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

george
8 years ago

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

george
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

is it possible to give me an exable????or explain it more???

george
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

why?

beauty201
8 years ago

hi i am stuck really early on with the telephone please help πŸ™‚

george
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

see the small clock arrow and the boook then

gadel
Reply to  george
8 years ago

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

gadel
Reply to  gadel
8 years ago

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

Rachael
8 years ago

Woo hoo, finally done, thanks

Andy Kor
8 years ago

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.

Dave
8 years ago

How do u get the eye from snakes mouth?

Andy Kor
8 years ago

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.

Andy Kor
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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?

Andy Kor
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Can’t open that cabinet. I try again.

Andy Kor
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I tried many times. It says: it bent and won’t open.

Unchelled
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Same problem. Tongs not working on the cabinet below the phone upstairs.

Unchelled
Reply to  Unchelled
8 years ago

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.

j
8 years ago

Can anyone reveal the freaking code???????????!!!?!!!!!!

Jay
8 years ago

I can’t figure out the phone and where to find the symbols to translate with the code in the book.

Andy Kor
8 years ago

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.

Unchelled
8 years ago

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. πŸ˜›

Unchelled
Reply to  Unchelled
8 years ago

Found the last one. Hopefully I can unstick it.

Unchelled
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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??

shane
8 years ago

where is the monkey that cant speak?

shane
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

i still cannot find it. is it in that statue? how do you open that door on the bottom of it?

shane
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

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.

shane
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

nvm i got it thanks!

shane
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

so whats the last code i got 379 don’t no the last one

shane
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

yes

shane
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

lol wow thats embarrassing. thank you.

Charno
8 years ago

I’ve got the final code and tried all combinations but still not cracked it what am I Doin wrong ?

nikki
8 years ago

im so stuck, please can you tell me how / what i attached the hose to and how i get the clock dials? thank you

nikki
8 years ago

wow thanks so much for the help! i have managed to finish it now with your hints, thanks again, much appreciated πŸ™‚

Kari
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

I also want to say thank you. this one was really frustrating.

Kari
8 years ago

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?

Kari
Reply to  Kari
8 years ago

wait never mind i got it i just touched the monkeys once again and then it opened it

8 years ago

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Zet
8 years ago

How do you get the clock hands? I’ve only got two monkeys.

Zet
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Thanks much!

Defected
Reply to  Zet
8 years ago

I can’t get the second hand off. i already tried with the tongs… can you help me?

Peter tan
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

Hi, I miss out on the hose only.
Where can I find it? I tried looking but no ava.
Thanks

Pt

Nasrah
8 years ago

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

Nasrah
Reply to  AppUnwrapper
8 years ago

ooops im sorry i did not see ur reply thnkx any way πŸ™‚

Nasrah
Reply to  Nasrah
8 years ago

ok never mind i did it xD

Nasrah
8 years ago

i cnt find the no see monkey where is it? i put both the eye in the statue but cnt find the no see monkey

Nasrah
Reply to  Nasrah
8 years ago

i fnd it guess icnt wait lol thnkx

8 years ago

I just added your web page to my bookmarks. I enjoy reading your posts. Thank you!

Liz
8 years ago

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.