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Escape Plan: A Touching Adventure for PS Vita

Chris Millar's Avatar + Posted by Chris Millar on Feb 13, 2012 // CEO, Fun Bits Interactive

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What better day to share a labor of love than just on the heels of Valentine’s Day? Fun Bits Interactive and our partners at SCEA Santa Monica Studio are proud to see Escape Plan release tomorrow as a PS Vita launch title, exclusively on PSN for $14.99.

Since Escape Plan’s global unveil in August 2011 at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, we have been hard at work breathing life into Lil & Laarg, porting the Unity engine to PS Vita, and creating a new style of “survival humor” gameplay that takes full advantage of the unique features of the PS Vita in stunning black-and-white graphics.

Escape Plan

As we let Escape Plan loose on the world, some of the biggest critics out there are already sharing their thoughts on the game:

  • Ryan Clements, IGN: “Escape Plan plastered a smile on my face: the characters, the music, the comedy — even the deaths.”
  • Matt Peckham, TIME/Techland: “Escape Plan looks to be the breakout hit of the launch lineup.”
  • Steven Hansen, Destructoid: “The whimsical musical score, hilariously hapless protagonists, strikingly saturated art style and comedic undertones are just too good to be true.”
  • Stephen Totilo, Kotaku: “This is the PS Vita game I want most.”
  • Alex Navarro, Giant Bomb: “Escape Plan really impressed me quite a bit.”
  • Matthew Keast, Gamesradar: “This PS Vita game has personality dripping off it…”
  • Neon Kelly, Videogamer.com: “It’s weird stuff, but also hugely likeable.”
  • Escape Plan: Get Lil

    We are truly excited about Fun Bits’ first title, as we’re just getting started. We look forward to hearing your feedback, and hope you enjoy helping our hapless heroes, Lil & Laarg, find their way out.

    //Add Your Own

    45 Comments   5 Replies

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    + uncleniccius on February 13th, 2012 at 7:43 am said:

    This looks awesome. I like in the EU so I have to wait till the 22nd, but I can’t wait.


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    + Berae on February 13th, 2012 at 7:46 am said:

    This game looks a lot of fun!


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    + Myke-Myke on February 13th, 2012 at 7:47 am said:

    Very excited for this game. Day 1 purchase for sure.

    How much memory is required for Escape Plan when it releases tomorrow???


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      + Chris Millar on February 13th, 2012 at 10:11 am said:

      That’s awesome! The game file will take up just under a gig of memory


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    + Blade133 on February 13th, 2012 at 7:47 am said:

    I was sold the moment I heard “rubber sheep.”

    But really, Escape Plan and Super Stardust Delta are the two launch titles I’m most excited for. They are the types of games that will separate the Vita from other handheld devices. Escape Plan seems to be the perfect blend between pickup-and-play action and depth.


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    + RidleysBox on February 13th, 2012 at 8:09 am said:

    Any plans for a JP release?


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      + Chris Millar on February 13th, 2012 at 10:12 am said:

      Escape Plan is set to launch in March, in Japan


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    + uncleniccius on February 13th, 2012 at 8:11 am said:

    @ridleysbox, yep, someone on twitter said March…


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    + Green-Elf on February 13th, 2012 at 8:18 am said:

    I have a few friends that ask me why I like my Sony devices so much.

    THIS is a great example of why.

    Sony devices deliver more novel gameplay ideas than any other. LocoRoco, Patapon, Flower, Pixeljunk.

    This is definitely a day one purchase for me.


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    + Go_Buddie_Go on February 13th, 2012 at 8:26 am said:

    @Green-Elf
    Speaking of Patapon. Sony, make it happen on the Vita D:


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    + xCh0z3n-0n3x on February 13th, 2012 at 8:32 am said:

    RELEASE THE VITA THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!! FORGET THE 22ND ITS READY TO GO JUST RELEASE IT THIS TUESDAY WITH TWISTED METAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    + MADBunny on February 13th, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

    Two games I really enjoyed on the PSP which would be great with Vita’s touch & tilt control would be Loco Roco, I had a lot fun with those 2D games :)


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    + xZEEZO on February 13th, 2012 at 8:36 am said:

    gonna buy this amazing game when it launches on the ps store on day 1 but the problem is im going to wait until the 22nd of february for my ps vita ! :(


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    + SpyDudeFX on February 13th, 2012 at 8:42 am said:

    Looks amazing and great work to everyone involved in Escape Plan. However can you guys please start working on Fat Princess again? Another great game that has been ignored for so long :( A sequel? :D


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    + JoeTheBeast16 on February 13th, 2012 at 8:44 am said:

    As much as you guys want Patapon,
    That’s how much I want LocoRoco.
    That’ll be and Insta-Buy for me!!!


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    + Cyb3rfr34k-iso on February 13th, 2012 at 8:47 am said:

    that game look gray… :(


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    + D-Squad3 on February 13th, 2012 at 9:19 am said:

    Wish it was available for physical copy.


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    + hush404 on February 13th, 2012 at 9:20 am said:

    This game looks rather interesting. When I get my Vita delivered, I’ll have to check it out. Demo by any chance?


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    + jazzyrider on February 13th, 2012 at 9:28 am said:

    I agree – is a demo available? I love the nostalgic black/white/gray artistic stuff and I’m hoping the music/sound effects work with this game. It reminds of the game on the other platform called Limbo. :)


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      + Chris Millar on February 13th, 2012 at 10:15 am said:

      We would love to do a demo, but it will be tough to give people a partial experience of a puzzle game – since you learn the mechanics in the beginning and then use them all in the later levels. Still, it is definitely something we’re looking into doing, now that the initial release is complete.


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    + XFRod on February 13th, 2012 at 10:11 am said:

    @jazzyrider – Limbo has been on the PSN since June or, July… Great game.

    Looking forward to picking this game up, eventually. With there being such a great amount of launch titles (not to mention the price of the Vita, itself), my gaming funds are going to be on lock down until next month.

    Also, with the cost of Vita memory and, the very finite amount included in the 1st Edition & Launch Day bundles, these articles should really include their DL file size so, we can plan accordingly. Can’t imagine that whoever is typing up a blog post about something wouldn’t know this info or, not be able to shoot a suction cup dart at the guy two desks down from him that does know and, find out.


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    + Mundinator on February 13th, 2012 at 10:13 am said:

    I can’t wait for Escape Plan!


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    + XFRod on February 13th, 2012 at 10:13 am said:

    Oops, noticed Chris answered the file size question while I was typing my post.

    Thanks for the info, Chris!


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    + GearThird_Luffy on February 13th, 2012 at 10:17 am said:

    @ RidleysBox
    How you get that avatar?


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    + FullMetalGear on February 13th, 2012 at 10:39 am said:

    I was impressed initially with this game. To find out the price is $14.99 is amazing. There’s quite a few PSV games I’m interested in and with this type of pricing, I don’t have to consider which title to buy soon and which one to wait until I have more money, I can buy multiple games at launch. I can’t emphasize how much I love that you guys chose a price like $14.99. Good Job.


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    + CrAzYDaVe0209 on February 13th, 2012 at 11:04 am said:

    is there any plan of bring this to PS3 not just Vita.


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    + Magic_Knight on February 13th, 2012 at 12:33 pm said:

    Can you play this on your PS3 as well, or only on a vita?


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      + Chris Millar on February 13th, 2012 at 12:48 pm said:

      Escape Plan is exclusive to the PSVita


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    + NightHawk17 on February 13th, 2012 at 12:45 pm said:

    I look forward to playing this next week:D


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    + FallenAC on February 13th, 2012 at 12:55 pm said:

    This game uses the Unity engine?!? Wow that’s so cool, Ive been making a 2D game with the Unity engine and this is just inspiring me to try harder. So thanks for that and this is and has been a day 1 buy for me.


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    + Balargon on February 13th, 2012 at 1:05 pm said:

    Great game, I will buy it day 1 =D


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    + Heisem on February 13th, 2012 at 1:09 pm said:

    i like this


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    + nikrel on February 13th, 2012 at 1:33 pm said:

    My 4GB card is going to fill very quickly, Sony is so sneaky! 32GB anyone?


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    + TheChaosDivision on February 13th, 2012 at 1:53 pm said:

    Is this going to be the free game for signing up for the 3G pass? If this isn’t the game are there going to be any details of which game will be free? Is it going to be a game that is going to be available for download that we can potentially already download? I plan on downloading all the downloadable launch titles and would like to not download a game that I am potentially going to get free for signing up for the session pass? Help!


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    + OverTaker on February 13th, 2012 at 2:03 pm said:

    I pre bought Uncharted G A but this will be my first down load off the psn for my ps vita.

    I am kinda hoping this will be my free game that i get for getting the first edition bundle, via the AT&T free game down load.


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    + RidleysBox on February 13th, 2012 at 3:14 pm said:

    @Chris Millar and uncleniccius

    Thanks for the JP release day, I’ll be looking forward to it.

    @GearThird_Luffy

    As my question suggested, this is a JP PSN account, we get all the cool avatars =p They just added avatars covering Tales of Xillia, Graces, Vesperia, Innocence, Abyss and Legendis, sooo tempting.


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    + lisatsunami on February 13th, 2012 at 3:43 pm said:

    So. Getting. This.

    Best wishes, I hope Fun Bits makes a jillion dollars & goes on to make many more Sony exclusives. I’m one of the cheapskates getting the Wi Fi model next week, so a week from now I’ll be playing this @ work.


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    + GearThird_Luffy on February 13th, 2012 at 4:01 pm said:

    Ugh. Japan always get the good stuff. Thanks anyway.


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      + Deborah Mars on February 13th, 2012 at 4:23 pm said:

      Just to clarify for everyone, Escape Plan will be releasing worldwide. The release in Japan will be a few weeks later in March but all other regions can expect it at Vita launch.


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    + Keysersoze10033 on February 13th, 2012 at 4:37 pm said:

    $15 for this game? I am in!


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    + elite-predator26 on February 13th, 2012 at 5:07 pm said:

    THANKG GOD! i literally preorderd everything for the vita + the budle its self! ive been waiting for just Escape plan now for MONTHS! and for &15 im in as well! LARGE FTW!!!!!!!!


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    + poisonedblack on February 13th, 2012 at 6:13 pm said:

    I’ll pick this up. It looks to be pretty fun.


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    + GearThird_Luffy on February 13th, 2012 at 6:35 pm said:

    @deborah I was referring to the conversation between me and RidleysBox.


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    + snakeeyes211 on February 13th, 2012 at 6:47 pm said:

    Any trophies in the game?


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    + Realsvi on February 13th, 2012 at 7:48 pm said:

    Looking forward to this. Hope we see more games like this.


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    + Filmfreak1138 on February 14th, 2012 at 9:23 am said:

    i played this game at Gamestop last week… very cool game!! im ready for my copy of it… im glad i held out to get the 8gig.


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    + Reloaded09 on February 14th, 2012 at 10:01 am said:

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this one, really looking forward to some uncharted on the streetcar this week.


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    + BG808s on February 15th, 2012 at 3:00 pm said:

    This looks like a really fun game, unfortunately I’m not into portable gaming so I really hope you release this for the PS3 too!!


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    + luvtoseek on February 15th, 2012 at 8:59 pm said:

    Users def. purchased this at the store; can any buyers comment on the game here? I’ll eventually DL this, just caught inbetween this title & another for my next immediate purchase.


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    + Boxster17 on February 18th, 2012 at 12:18 pm said:

    I’ve purchased the game and have been loving it so far. The puzzles are fun and the trial and error part can be very entertaining at times while not being too punishing given the rooms are generally fairly quick. Most so far seem to take about 20-30s while you get some that are probably about twice that.

    The controls work quite well for the most part, just keep in mind when you have to do multiple taps for most things, if you do it too quickly they won’t always register to move the object, but will register as gestures (in turn lowering the amount of stars you’ll likely obtain). Have also accidentally shut it off due to the power location button once or twice as I hold the Vita in my left hand with my thumb on the bottom and my middle or index finger on the top (by the power button).

    For the price it’s a solid game and have been thoroughly enjoying it so far. They’ve made clever use of many of the Vita’s feature in a way that makes for a highly enjoyable experience overall if you enjoy these sorts of puzzle games.


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