As of 2015, some free, popular room-escape games include “Crimson Room” and its sequel “Viridian Room,” “Submachine” and “Ant Hill Trap.” These free online games have players solve puzzles to navigate out of different locations.
“Crimson Room” is one of the original room-escape games, first released in 2004. The game set up many of the fundamental room-escape mechanics, including simple puzzle solving and in-depth exploration of the game environment. Players find themselves in a red room with no knowledge of how they arrived there. Finding and manipulating various items in the room, they must solve a series of puzzles to exit through the room’s locked door. “Crimson Room” spawned a number of sequels, including “Viridian Room,” “Blue Chamber” and “White Chamber.”
“Submachine” takes the basic gameplay of the “Crimson Room” series and polishes it, adding improved graphics and a range of environments. The game comes in a number of installments, and players must escape different areas in each iteration, including an abandoned lighthouse, an underground labyrinth and a padded cell.
While most room-escape games traffic in atmospheric suspense and creepily desolate environments, the genre also had more family-friendly titles, such as “Ant Hill Trap.” The game puts players in control of an ant who must solve puzzles to escape a flooded anthill and reunite with his colony.