Can you help Susan get back to Caitlin and escape the museum together?
User reviews: Mixed (15 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 19, 2008
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About This Game

It’s a warm day in the city and Susan Anderson has brought her daughter Caitlin to work for the day at the National Museum of History. What began as an exciting day for Caitlin and Susan ends in devastating suspense when, just after closing, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake rocks the city. After getting Caitlin to safety Susan scours the museum for anyone left behind but is knocked unconscious by falling debris. When Susan awakes she finds the museum left in shambles. Barely able to move from room to room you must help Susan navigate and work her way through the maze of the museum in a series of puzzles and frantic searching. Can you help Susan get back to Caitlin and escape the museum together?

Features
- Incredible Adventure to solve
- 25 Puzzles to solve
- Mini Games
- 60 Hidden Object levels
- Unlock the Antique Round

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 183 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
"Cannot find a working resolution for this computer" SERIOUSLY? So it forces you into a TINY windowed mode, then expects you to find almost microscopic objects in hidden object puzzles. Wretched. Not worth the 99 cents I spent. No, I do NOT recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Short version: 51%
A very innovative hidden object game with a fun and immersive storyline that is sadly ruined by horrible visual representation, significantly hurting playability.

Long version:
Escape the Museum has almost every ingredients to make it a memorable and fun hidden object title; it features lots of scenes, including a rarely used HO type, problem solving screens (where you have to find and use objects to progress, almost like a one-screen point-and-click game).
The storyline is simple, but works well: you are trapped in a museum after an earthquake, and slowly work your way to freedom. There are lots of small cutscenes and the voice acting is well done.

But all of this is ruined by one thing: the graphics are terrible. The rooms are overcrowded, and combined with the low resolution and the dial-in era level of JPEG compression it’s impossible to recognise anything. It’s a shame, but I had to resort to a rapid clicker program to pass most of the scenes.
Still, if you don’t mind the bad visuals, the game is worth it for the storyline, which is continued in the superior sequel, Adventure Chronicles.
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2014
I only paid 50c for this game so i did not expect much, im still disapointed. Its basicly a "find the hidden objects" game with some puzzles that mostly involve "finding hidden objects". The graphics suck, pictures of objects have just been stuck onto a background picture and everything looks out of place, like a jumble of pictures cut from a magazine thrown into a pile. The story also does not work, you are finding objects in order to preserve the musuems collection... yet most of the objects you are locating are cigarete lighters, sunglasses, wallets and ID cards... then in the 'puzzle' rooms you feed old copper coins (that are aparantly attracted to magnets) into a vending machine and use an ancient sword to break a concrete pillar so it topples and smashes its way through a wall.... So much for preserving the collection, also what are you doing with all this stuff??? you dont have a bag visible in any of the cut scenes. You also locate a CB radio and pull the batteries out of it to power a torch... then you immediatly use it to talk to somebody??? So to sum up, bad graphics that make most objects unfindable and a bad plot that cant justify 90% of the things you have to do in order to progress.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
A good hidden object game makes you look and stare and search and eventually click on a hint and then you look and think how could I have possibly missed that? This game does not do that.

Firstly it is incedibly low res. It then compounds this by using really awful pictures of the things you have to find, occasionally misspelling them, sometimes hiding them behind bits of the UI so there is no possible way you can find them and of course when you finally give in and click that hint button you'll end up staring at some grainy blur going really? I was meant to identify that as... something??

There is some initial urgency in the storyline as you have been separated from your daughter but this is soon leached out of the game by it offering you the chance to amble back through rooms you've already been through recovering more objects.

It does keep track of your accuracy rate and offer percentage completion as you work your way through the game, and some of the "escape the room" type puzzles are semi engaging. The problem really is that there are better games out there. Even if you see it in a bundle or with a massive discount... just don't. Really, I have seldom met a hidden object game this annoying or frustrating and for all the wrong reasons.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2014
Even at 90% off this title isn't worth even looking at.
It's a crummy mobile port with next to no options menu (windowed/fullscreen and volume control is all you get), at a 4:3 aspect ratio. The artwork may be decent, but it does not excuse the poor overall quality of the game.
The plot is weak and makes no sense most of the time (You're a mother trying to get to her child in a room that seems to be on the other side of the planet and you take your time to save "artefacts" that make no sense: glasses, a floppy disk, a stamp - worth like $1.7k?, and other nonsensical junk that, in a real situation, would just encumber you in your quest).
The voice acting is decent-ish, but the sound levels vary far too much.
The mechanics are boring and borderline idiotic, but may be suitable for a child of about 5, since it's just a matter of "find X in pile of junk and use on item Y" with no actual challenge to it.
It's clearly a case of "Let's publish a 6-year-old game on Steam so we can milk some more money from it" (if you'll research it, you'll find that it is available on multiple platforms, including Wii and mobile, on iTunes, and it is also available as a flash game).
Definitely a game you should avoid. You're better off buying Syberia 1/2 or Broken Sword 1/2/3/5.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
Terrible hidden object game - some items were oddly-named and most were extremely difficult to see due to soft blended graphics and often being partially or almost wholly obscured (sometimes by the game's toolbar!)

The click targets for the items were extremely small and given the game has an accuracy meter, this can be extremely frustrating (and as it turned out, was completely unnecessary as getting 10% accuracy as opposed to 100% accuracy differed not at all to the outcome).

Also a ridiculous premise: no one comes to help you except your inept husband, and all the while you are searching for your child, your boss gives you a list of valuable artifacts to collect along the way such as bowling pins, buttons and other random junk.

Was glad when it was over.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2014
I got this game very cheap so i thought i might just give it a go but I didnt even make it past 5 minutes into it. If the actual hidden object/ puzzle gameplay may or may not be fun i can't actually tell. The problem with the game is that its extremely dated, tho the store page says it was from 2008, but it just feels like 15 years older. That wouldnt be much of a problem but since the game runs in 800x600 or 640X480, the visual quality is so obstructive that its nearly unplayable. In fullscreen mode all the stuff looks blurred and pixelated, i's practicly impossible to read the text boxes. The fonts have no hinting and the interpolation just messes the whole text up. (I would link a screenshot but this games doesnt support steam overlay)
The objects are hard to see for that same matter...i could let this go by as extra challenge tho...still sub par.
When in windowed mode (the only graphics option in the menu) the game is at its native resolution and theres no scaling option, this means that on a normal hd monitor that window is freakin small, good luck reading the text or finding the objects now.
I assume these hidden object games kinda appeal to casual gamers like your average Mom and Pop type, however with these interface and readability issues that game certainly disqualifies itself.
It's a poor rerelase/ port or whatever, they should at least include some scaling option and probably try to work improving the lousy resolution.

I'd definetly NOT recommend this game, not even to fans of the genre.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Recommended, but don't pay more than £1 or else you'll feel ripped off.
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4 of 23 people (17%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Overall an excellent game! Graphics are not the best but it is a good game to play!
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24 of 78 people (31%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2014
escape the museum that is the steam new releases section
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11 of 47 people (23%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2014
Best $0.49 I ever spent!!! 10/10 would buy again!
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7.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
A standard H.O.G. that has not very difficult puzzles to complete.

A not very taxing way to spend a few hours, but probably only worth getting in a (much reduced) sale.
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