In MISSION ESCAPE you play the role of a star commando who has escaped the cell on an Imperial security station. Like the legendary Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo you flee from level to level fighting imperial storm-troopers, robots, and drones as you attempt to reach the tenth level and escape. Don’t be fooled by the arcade type screen that you see when you play the game. While reactions and coordination are important in MISSION ESCAPE the most important factor in the game is strategy.
You and your enemies are limited in firing lasers and missiles only at certain angles. Fire can only be made at angle increments of 45 degrees. +team +building Strategy in MISSION ESCAPE involves lining up enemy units on 45’s and 90’s, blasting them away, and still ending your turn not lined up in a surviving enemy’s 45’s or 90’s. This takes real strategy especially at higher levels of the security station where you will be facing more than two dozen enemy units at a time. In addition to the strategic element, MISSION ESCAPE forces you to think fast.
Your turn lasts until three orders are entered or ten seconds pass, whichever comes first. He who thinks or acts slowly will die. Strategic tips are pretty well covered in the rules. The most important thing to remember is that the enemy will always shoot before it moves.
Therefore if you end your turn out of line with any enemy unit you know you will not be hit that turn. Another point to keep in mind is that while units that are at 90’s are easy to identify (i.e. directly N, S, E and W of you) those on 45’s are much more difficult to spot. Developing your sense of angles will lead to higher scores. A nice feature of the game is that the five highest scores are kept on file and displayed on the screen after each game (just like the coin-operated arcade games).
If you want to clear the high scores for any reason you can do so by hitting the “C” key when the disk is booting. The only problem with the game is that the units are so small that on a small T.V. (which lacks the resolution of a monitor) it is a slight strain to distinguish units and calculate the 45’s MISSION ESCAPE is one of a handful of games to combine arcade features with what is in reality a strategy game.