Escape game is a category of the computer game. Perhaps its origin is traditional adventure games such as mystery house in 1980s. Escape games are easy to make generally worked with Flash and solved in a short time. So a lot of escape games are built in 2000s.
Mystery House in Apple II
Wikipedia: Escape the room
They are a fun indeed, but I am not satisfied with them, because its story has no reality. Usually the game begins with the protagonist locked in a room. But the reason is not discovered forever. Moreover, the methods to escape are not well explained. So I must click and click the display any number of times. Most escape games are no more than being to taste the circumstance.
Recently, some games are released, including the elements of escape games.
“9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors” is a Nintendo DS game. In this game, the protagonist was trapped in a building with great mystery and tried to escape from there. A total of 9 persons are struggling together, or betray each other. They have own purpose of themselves to be clarified at later stages. Several rooms to be challenged have reason to exist. Storytelling is exciting. At last this game has a particular feature only performed on the platform of the Nintendo DS. I strongly recommend it for all gamers.
Amazon.com: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors
It has a sequel. “Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward” is released in both Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita. It is also good.
Amazon.com: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
These are easy to solve. For more tough player, “Misshitu no Sacrifice” is a gift. Puzzles in it are so extremely difficult that I could not solve any puzzles without information of websites. Unfortunately, there is no translated version into English available.
Amazon.com: Misshitsu no Sacrifice [Japan Import]