WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
Can You Escape Love? by JCSoft Inc.
Type: Action, Horror, Humor
Basic Game Setup and Plot: The player is the object of affection of a psychotic sheep that is in charge of the New Year. The player’s goal is to escape the sheep’s desire to keep them in the Year of the Sheep and to not end up dead.
Game Play and Plot: 3/5 Average: The game consist of the player avoiding various items being aimed at their heart. As they get hit, life goes down, and they either die or lose the battle. While frequently compared to and based off of Undertale, the game is different because one does not have a small box, but the whole screen to play on.
As for plot, it is more unexpected than inspiring. While interesting to an extent, it is extremely short and lacking. This, in a way, sets it up for the sequels.
Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The game is short – probably a half hour at the most – but what is in it is funny and cute… in a horrific way. Hardcore horror fans probably won’t have anything to fear, but children and young teenagers, especially of conservative backgrounds, may find the story disturbing and even terrifying.
Graphics: 3½/5 Above Average: The graphics are endearing to old and young for the very reason they are not ranked too highly. They are a mixture of old school and new, and are often compared to the game Undertale.
Overall: 3/5 Average: Though cute and old school, Can You Escape Love? is a weak horror app. When counting only quality, people looking for a game that’s really brief, scary, and cute will enjoy it, but this game will not bring lasting happiness (not that any game will). I believe teenagers and young adults of either gender would enjoy it most, especially as a game to play with friends. Outside of the above mentioned sphere though, I feel like no one would really like it.
Official Rating: T
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Brief Reference: When pressing on a pile of books it mentions that you read a book “about 50 shades of some color.” This is in reference to the erotic novel. A sheep is madly in love with the player, who is (presumably) a human; he locks the player in a room and spies on them with a mirror and camera, all presumably for the sake of a humor/horror feeling.
Violence: 2½/5 Light Attacks and Violence: The game play is avoiding objects aimed at your heart, whether they are CD disk, hearts, or a flame. If you make the wrong decision, you will get shot, presumably dying.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Disturbing Content: The antagonist can be frightening when angry containing pointy teeth and red and black eyes as he “talks” in all capital letters. The player must stab a stuffed monkey with a knife. He tells himself that it isn’t real in an attempt at self comfort, but feels disturbed nonetheless. After this is obviously a ripped up image of a monkey. There is a mirror with a bloodied hand print and a picture of Freddy Fozbear from Five Nights at Freddie’s, a survival horror game. A character says you will die if you get hit. Characters cry.
Religious Issues: 2/5 Key Story Theme: Yang the sheep is supposed to represent the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese zodiac. There is a picture of a Chinese zodiac on a table.
Magic: 0/5 None
Others: There are indirect and direct references to the video games Undertale and Five Nights at Freddie’s, though not by name. There are CDs for Justin Bieber and One Direction, with brief mention to the content. There is reference to the black and blue/gold and white dress meme of 2016. There are also indirect references to some pop culture things that I am not completely sure of.
Overall: 3/5 Teenage Appropriate: Several Christians could reasonably find problems with it in its disturbing content, possibly interspecies romance, zodiac theme, and reference to a porn novel. For these reasons, to many people I would not recommend the game at all. If someone wanted to play it anyway, I would recommend that they be fourteen or fifteen at the youngest before playing it.