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How 2 Escape (2023) is a communication puzzle game where you have to reach the front of a dangerous train to pull the emergency brake. You search for hints and codes in each carriage while the clock counts down. The twist is that to succeed you must share information and clues with another player who can't see your screen and uses a smartphone app to help find solutions. It's a game about describing the world and collaborating to find answers.

You play by exploring the carriages of the train you're trapped on, looking for clues escape room style. You communicate your surroundings to a teammate who has a different perspective to you. Locked drawers, mysterious signs and unfamiliar symbols give you information the other player can use to help find the solution and lead to the next part of the puzzle.

Difficulty comes in the form of dead ends. Most of the time, it's tricky to know what to do next. This means you've got to think creatively to beat the timer and progress through to the next carriage. It can also be challenging to describe strange symbols under pressure.

This results in an escape room challenge that rewards calm and clear communication as well as strong teamwork.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked How 2 Escape 10 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication and Puzzle game with Brain Game, Point-and-Click and Simulation elements. This is a 2-player online game. You need two players, one on a smartphone and one on the main game. You could play locally if they are in the same place, but you'd need an internet connection.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. Each level has a set time before which you must escape, but every level can be completed quickly if you understand the puzzles easily.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Levels challenge players to persevere to find non-obvious solutions, which some younger players may struggle with.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


How 2 Escape usually costs £12.79 to £13.49.

How 2 Escape

Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store PC £12.79
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/08/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2 online

Genres: Communication, Puzzle (Brain Game, Point-and-Click and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Break First Games (@BreakFirstGames)

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