(PS Minis / PlayStation Minis)

Freekscape: Escape From Hell (PS Minis / PlayStation Minis)

Game Review

Freekscape: Escape From Hell Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Sammy Barker

Freekscape: Escape From Hell is never particularly astounding, but the platforming action is solid and varied enough to keep you interested throughout the game's duration

Hell's not a nice place. Not even if you're a demon. Take little Freek - a friendly little demon who hates the company in Hell. He wants to chill with the nice dude's in Heaven. So, when he finds a holy trident at the start of Freekscape: Escape From Hell, there's one thing on little Freek's mind. That's right - use the holy trident to manipulate Hell's colourful creatures and get the, ahem, Hell out.

Freekscape's a two-dimensional platform. Don't let its aesthetics confuse you - the game does introduce depth to its environments by rendering the action in 3D, but this is every inch the side-scroller. With Freek's holy trident, he can spear enemies to turn his pronged staff into various different guises - like a pogo-stick or battering ram. It's a really clever mechanic, that even allows you to combine multiple creatures into a super-useful side-arm. And that's pretty much how the game plays out - you find creatures, work out the best method to manipulate them, get to the next platform, repeat. The trial-and-error means that the developer's decision to remove punishment each time you die is a positive one. You'll die lots, so frequently placed checkpoints relieve the frustration.

That's not to say there's no challenge though. Each level has a timer, encouraging you to return once you've beaten it and go for the high-score. There's not really any incentive to do that, but if you enjoy the mechanics then you might find yourself hopping through the game's 40-or-so levels a second time.

Freek can be a bit tricky to control due to the game's enforcement of the analogue nub, a strange design choice seeing as the D-pad would have been much better suited to 2D control. Here, the D-pad instead tilts the camera.

Still, if there's any real complaint regarding Freekscape it's that the levels are a bit bland. Very bland in fact. The pseudo-3D viewpoint means everything lacks personality and all the levels look the same. Simple 2D backgrounds could have provided more detail and varied environments. They might have suited Freekscape's style a little better, too.


The puzzles and platforming are what you'll come to Freekscape for though, and thankfully they're solid. If you're looking for a cute little platformer to occupy you on the go, then this is the best Minis has to offer.

User Comments (0)

Wow, no comments yet... why not be the first?

Leave A Comment

Hold on there, you need to login to post a comment...