Premium survival horror
Escape the Backrooms is a paid puzzle game based on the internet phenomenon. This indie game from Fancy Games Studios leaves you in the middle of the Backrooms, popularized as an internet legend. In this game, you get to experience waking up with no recollection of how and why you’re there, only that you’re left to your own devices. Explore procedurally-generated levels that perfectly capture the endless and seemingly harmless dimension.
It perfectly captures the online urban legend, with smooth animation making the entire experience even more lifelike and immersive. It feels like Assessment Examination and Mandela Invasion combined.
Find your way and survive
The urban legend and online creepypasta that inspired Escape the Backrooms speak of an endless dimension filled with rooms that look like an average office space’s backroom. It is often described as having the smell of wet carpet, and the halls are draped in monochromatic yellow tones. Most of these things are perfectly captured in the game, inviting players into a false sense of security before unleashing its horrors.
In terms of visuals, it uses a mix of realistic and cartoonish visuals—both highlighting the horrors and the otherworldliness that made the Backrooms a persisting part of the internet. The rooms are incredibly lifelike yet certain physics such as debris and some monster designs are more on the abstract side. Additionally, its procedural generation of rooms and a large assortment of surprises guarantee a unique playthrough every time.
However, be warned about its potential for horror. It has some effective jumpscares. With the game being randomized every run, you’ll never know what to expect, especially since most monsters appear without warning—no audio cues, no visual signs beforehand, just pure monsters crashing through the walls or through the ceiling. The only other restriction of a game like this is its droning repetition throughout.
Your next virtual maze
By feeling like an average office backroom, yet filled with a lot of surprises and monstrosities, Escape the Backrooms is definitely a great horror game to have. Building on the widespread fame of the Backrooms creepypasta, it captures the essence of the online urban legend and lets players experience it firsthand. It may cause the visual strain from the all-yellow rooms and the surprises that come without warning, it’s still worth it.