Here’s my run of your escalation, @Remedy. Level 2 was pointless, so I skipped it, but otherwise it was really well designed and it felt like it escalated nicely.
0:00 Level 1 (0.35)
(Level 2 skipped because it was the same as level 1, except for the “instant fail if spotted” complication.)
1:12 Level 3 (1.02)
2:48 Level 4 (1.05)
4:30 Level 5 (1.26)
I know that others and I have shared this observation numerous times, but IOI insist on putting five levels in every escalation. Sometimes it works really well, but other times it feels like they ran out of ideas and had to come up with something just to fill the slots. I’m not saying that every escalation should have three levels, but one of the best escalations (in my opinion) was The Kotti Paradigm.
If we’re going to do this, then can we resist feeling the need to make five levels. Unless there is good reason. Personally I think that the best escalations could, and should, be made in three or four levels.
With that in mind, I’ve put together one. I hope you enjoy…