Pretty Girls Escape PLUS (PS4, PS5, Switch, PC)

Play a color matching block puzzle game while being accompanied by cute anime ladies in Pretty Girls Escape PLUS.  I’ve reviewed this game before, but I’m not sure what the PLUS adds to it as it feels like just more of the same. It’s available on PlayStation consoles, Switch, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

The basic gameplay in this puzzler is actually kind of fun.  You know those games on mobile devices where when you tap on the screen or use a cursor to clear out blocks of the same color, the rest fall and you try and clear out as many as possible?  Well that’s basically what this is except with a few tweaks.  On the top of the screen sits panels of the girls, and your job is to make them fall all the way to the bottom and go into slots.  You can use the L and R shoulder buttons to slide the whole set of blocks and panels left or right, but they won’t fall until they hit the other end of the playfield.  When all the panels go into the slots at the bottom, you win the level.

There are two main modes of play.  In the first one, you choose a set of six stages represented by a different lady.  These stages introduce new blocks into play, such as ones that don’t move when you slide, ones that need to be broken by adjacent clearing of blocks, and even ones that’ll destroy the panels you’re trying to put on the bottom of the screen if you touch them!  The other mode is more puzzle oriented and is called “Challenge” and it certainly is as I couldn’t even figure out how to get past the first level.   There is also a dressing room where you can arrange the ladies, outfits, and backgrounds you’ve unlocked into dioramas.  But that seems a bit pointless.  It’s still a decent puzzler, but no better than the last one and the ‘pretty girls’ aspect doesn’t really add anything.

Kid Factor:

Pretty Girls Escape PLUS is rated T for Teen with an ESRB descriptor of Suggestive Themes.  You can unlock slightly revealing swimsuits and bikinis for the cartoon ladies, but that’s about it.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, but not necessary just to play.

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