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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Fire Escape (2020) is a murder mystery styled on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. You sit on a fire escape and can see into the apartments opposite as well as hear the intimate conversations of your neighbours across the alleyway. You peer into the lives of the diverse tenants to piece together clues and solve the murder. Unlike the film, your choices direct the unfolding narrative and uncover (or fail to uncover) the hidden secrets that will unwrap the mystery.

You can play this in VR on PC (Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift). Or just play it like a normal PC game with no headset required. It's also available on Android.

While the game can't (and in many ways doesn't try to) match the classic film for suspense and drama, it offers involvement and agency that draws you into the lives of the people you watch. The seven stories and the crime unfold in real-time, which add pressure to proceedings.

Moment to moment you choose who to watch, use the controller to text and interact with characters. You can replay missed stories.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Fire Escape 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Puzzle game with Adventure elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes around 20 minutes to play a round of this game. The game is played in three 20 minute sessions.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 with Strong violence, Strong language.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need some maturity to follow what is happening as well as interpret the narrative as it unfolds.


Fire Escape usually costs £0.79 to £7.19.

Fire Escape

Steam Store PC £7.19

Fire escape drill

Steam Store PC £0.79
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can buy each of the three chapters for £5.49 or £13.49 for the set. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 29/04/2020

Out Now: Android and PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Puzzle and Adventure

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Ink Stories (@InkStories)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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