Traps, pitfalls and peril galore; check out our Escape Plan preview for a heads-up on avoiding the glooping machines.
Escape Plan is set in a stunning black and white world, with a quirky art style that fits perfectly with the game's dark humour and devious puzzles.
As you make your way through captor Bakuki's gloomy factory, some rooms might seem bare to begin with, but look a little closer and you'll find plenty going on. In fact, interacting with the environment is the only way you're going to figure out how to overcome the twisted booby traps waiting to turn Lil and Laarg into puddles of black gloop...
Despite the setting, there are plenty of gags to lighten the mood, so expect laugh out loud moments when Lil and Laarg fall short of reaching their goal. Adding to the sinister atmosphere is a classical soundtrack which, when coupled with an applauding audience who love to see Lil or Laarg come a cropper, gives the game the feel of a delightfully morbid silent movie.
The gruesome twosome
Lil and Laarg are an odd couple with little in common apart from their shared goal: to escape Bakuki's evil factory before they're turned into buckets of black ooze.
Our heroes don't say much, but they've both got very particular personalities; despite his bulk, laid-back Laarg seems vulnerable and confused, whereas weedy Lil is snappy and manic. You control both characters, switching between the pair seamlessly as you play.
Lil and Laarg's differing characteristics are often the key to a successful escape, and you can bring their unique skills into play using the clever functions of your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller. For starters, Lil can inflate himself and, once full, you can squeeze the gas out to fire him forwards at tremendous speed. Laarg's abilities tend to be a little less refined, for example, he can blunder through weakened walls and floors to provide a way out.
As you play Escape Plan, keep your eyes peeled for special costumes you can unlock to give Lil and Laarg a comical new look or seasonal makeover.
A darkly comic puzzler
Use your DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller's intuitive controls and your powers of logic and quick thinking to help Lil and Laarg avoid getting battered and squished by the traps and pitfalls hidden around the gloop factory.
From the safety of your living room, it's your job to guide our heroes through the maze of danger-filled chambers in Bakuki's prison-like plant. Every room is different, but the aim is always the same: to get Lil and Laarg safely to the exit and out the door.
We don't want to give too much away, but the rooms are filled with all kinds of hazards and there's a new surprise around every corner, so get ready to operate conveyor belts, move platforms, trick enemies, pull levers, plug gas leaks and, er, drink coffee, to clear a path.
Sometimes, figuring out how to solve a room's perverse puzzles comes down to trial and error, so don't take it personally if Lil or Laarg end up splattered on the floor or fried by an electric cable (what do you think the numbers on their bellies signify?). To escape the room with a decent time on the clock, just make sure you learn from the experience and crack the puzzle on your next attempt.