Not content with just having a stickman protagonist escape from prison and steal a Tunisian diamond, PuffBalls United has now come up with Fleeing the Complex. This is an adventure game presented in the same style and with the same format as Escape the Prison and Steal the Diamond, only this time around we’re experiencing what is perhaps the tensest and also the most content-filled adventure yet. If you enjoyed Stealing the Diamond, you’ll be pushed not to derive some entertainment from Fleeing the Complex, and it’s a game that is particularly geared towards the typical guy-gamer looking for some silly humour in their choose-your-own-path adventure.
You’ll be taking the helm of Fleeing the Complex in the way it’s always gone down with this series: by interacting with the story in a series of point-and-click selections, using either your mouse (for the browser version) or the tapping of your fingers (for the Android/iOS release). This is a much more humour-filled experience than rival point-and-click adventures like Monkey GO Happy, though. For a start you’ve got humorous voice acting, as well as more creative and amusing selections to make – these are just a few things that separate this game from others in the point-and-click genre.
You’ve got the fate of Henry Stick in your hand here. His criminal past has finally caught up with him, but an opportunity to escape from the complex that imprisons him has arisen. Yet again the aim is to simply get Henry Stick out of trouble, and you’ll do so in a trial-and-error fashion as you see how each of the eventualities - you get to choose Henry’s actions frequent points in the story - will play out. Think Jailbreaker 2, only with a point-and-click format to make it more intriguing.
More than Before
Those who’ve played any of Puffballs United’s games before will know that Fleeing the Complex is bound to have many options when it comes to divergent points in the story. It’s great that one can say that there are more options to choose from than ever, and the writing that underpins them as inventive and humorous as ever.
There are of course multiple ways to achieve a favourable outcome. The choice at the outset is between four options, and quite excitingly, one of these options is to team up with a fellow inmate who’s also waiting to be transferred to her cell. The options are just as outrageous as ever, too. Expect to find many video game references in each of the choices such as the Street Fighter’s “You Win” declaration and sound effects pulled straight from Half-Life.
You’re given options that range from the purely logical and sane, such as using your inmate partner to give you a boost up to a vent on the ceiling, through to the illogical and downright demented, such as using “The Force” to levitate to a certain ledge or using an anti-gravity machine to do the job. This is nothing new for the series, but rather a continuation of the same excellent writing and chuckle-inducing implementation of some very funny and creative ideas. There are simply more choices than ever before, too, making this the most enjoyable game of the series yet.
Fleeing the Complex doesn’t part ways with its predecessors’ comedic style, simple stickman presentation, or point-and-click format. These are all similarities that work in its favour, however. The increased number of choices as well as the introduction of various obstacles and creative challenges makes this a great guy game to enjoy, particularly with the violent fighting scenes that take place in the prison yard (if you choose the options that lead you to this outcome, that is).
In the interest of balance, you can’t expect this game to have the same kind of visual prowess as big-budget point-and-click titles – Fleeing the Complex simply can’t compete with the likes of Grim Fandango Remastered, for example. It does the point-and-click genre proud however, and its comical writing is some of the funniest you’ll come across in any flash or mobile game.