Ellie – Help Me Out, Please Review

Ellie Help Me Out Please Android

Ellie – Help Me Out, Please is not your normal horror game drawing on horror movie ideas. Horror movies often run into ruts. The same tropes are carried out repeatedly until someone comes up with a sleeper hit and then everyone plays follow the leader again. The same thing happens with horror games. For proof, just stop and think for a minute about how many survival horror games that feature zombies and a mansion of some sort are available. None have really toppled Resident Evil in success and that franchise started in the mid 1990’s. Even Resident Evil has found itself in a rut here and there (how many times are we going to get a “remake” of the first game?).

This is a game I had intended to review for a long time but never got around to it. Why? Because I never beat it. I recently sat down with the intent of finishing it and writing this review. While I did have to consult a guide to figure out a couple of puzzles, I still had to apply that information to the game. Each time you play the puzzles change so you are not going to be able to breeze through bragging to your friends – unless you can wrap your head around some abstract puzzles that at times don’t make sense. On one hand, this is cool as you are forced to think outside the box and, more than once I had to use pen and paper to keep track of clues (there is no in game note tracking or anything similar).

Note taking was a refreshing thing for me, something I miss from playing point and click adventures in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Ellie is a tale that feels a lot like the first Saw movie, when they are in the bathroom and have no clue what is going on. In Saw they are stuck trying to figure out how to get out based on their surroundings, the same thing occurs in Ellie. Your car is disabled during an earthquake and you seek refuge in a building only to find a room with a monitor turned on, there is also a microphone nearby. Things only get worse from there. On the monitor you see a girl in a dirty dilapidated room. Using the microphone, you can pass instructions to her as you attempt to help her out of her plight. Ellie – Help Me Out, Please may seem simple at first since there are literally only to screens where everything happens, don’t be fooled twice.

Ellie is the victim of a kidnapping and her assailant is currently knocked out under the camera. She tells you that during the earthquake some debris fell on her head, knocking her out. Now Ellie must get out before the kidnapper wakes up and it is your job to make that happen.

That is the biggest compliment I can give Ellie – Help Me Out, Please. That it feels like a classic point and click adventure game. Although, with that compliment, I feel the urge to make clear that Ellie is quite short. It took me about half an hour to get through with about 25 minutes of that stumbling around before I broke down and looked up a guide. As I mentioned already, I used a guide because the puzzles are so abstract and, well honestly, my puzzle solving skills have diminished quite a bit since I played any of the King’s Quest games (VII being awesome) or worked my way through something like Déjà vu. There is no shame in looking up a guide for something like Ateam’s game. Their choice of puzzles is just so different, not even the early Gabriel Knight games were this abstract.

Ellie Help Me Out Please Android

I won’t lie, I was quite shocked, in a wonderful way, while playing Ellie. I was in hook, line, and sinker on the story here as it is quite good. The story is also quite unnerving as it unfolds. I cannot reveal much about what is going on with Ellie other than you are attempting to help her with nothing but good in your heart, otherwise it will ruin the surprises you experience when you download it.

What are you waiting for? Ellie – Help Me Out, Please is free on Google Play. There are In App Purchases to unlock hints as to what to do (if you read the titles they are clues themselves as to what to do). Also, an In App Purchase is available to unlock another room where someone else is being held hostage, I have not tried that adventure yet but may do so before Halloween, depending on fan response to this review. Basically, you want more, support this review with shares, comments, likes, etc and I will make sure more come.

Ellie – Help Me Out, Please by Ateam
Platform: Android (ZTE ZMAX 2 used for review) and iPhone
Genre: Horror, adventure
In App Purchases: Yes, for hints and to unlock new adventure
Rated: Mature 17+ on Google Play and 12+ on iTunes
Available now on Google Play and the iTunes App Store

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