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Step One: Escape
An Adventure Game protagonist's very first task is to find a way out of the room they're in.
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When you first gain control of an Adventure Game protagonist, they've got a task to do. Many times that task is to get out of the room they're in. The difficulty of this task can vary; sometimes it's as simple as opening a forgotten window, while other times it requires several minutes of fussing with items. Sometimes this task can serve as a Justified Tutorial to the mechanics of the game.

Note that for it to qualify as an example of this trope, the task of getting out of that particular room must be the first task of the game, but not the entire game (there's a whole genre for games about escaping rooms). Also, being confined to a single room but not having the task of escaping is not this trope.

Depending on why and how the protagonist is trapped in the first place, can overlap with In Medias Res and/or You Wake Up in a Room.


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  • Escape from Rungistan, an old Apple II game. You started off in a prison cell and had to escape from it before continuing with the game.
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  • Alice Is Dead: You start Part One at the bottom of a deep pit, which you need to escape from to progress. Part Two begins with you in a locked room that you need to escape from. (Part Three, for variety, is about having to break into various locked places.)
  • The first puzzle of Thy Dungeonman 2 is to escape from a prison cell. The solution is to open the cell door.
    • Thy Dungeonman 3 begins similarly, although the method of escape is a bit more complicated this time.
  • All three episodes of Hector: Badge of Carnage start like this with Hector trapped or locked in and having to escape to start the main plot. He has to escape out of a prison cell, a partially collapsed building and finally from a Death Trap septic tank.
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