Escape Academy Under Pressure Walkthrough Guide

A guide on how to complete the Under Pressure level in Escape Academy.

Escape Academy Under Pressure cover

Under Pressure is a level in Escape Academy where players will have to solve several puzzles while trying to stay ahead of the rising water levels inside The Thresher. As the level’s name suggests, players will be subjected under pressure and will have to make their noggin work fast enough, or else they will drown.

In this guide, we will be walking you through the Under Pressure level by showing you what to look for and how to solve the puzzles.

How to unlock the Under Pressure level in Escape Academy

After clearing the Prologue and the Entrance Exam, The Thresher area will be open where the Under Pressure level is at.

Upon traveling to The Thresher, the players will meet with Jeb while he is doing some maintenance. Clicking on the valve handle will start the puzzle level. Water will start flooding in the rooms and players will have to go up through five different floors, each having different puzzles before the water floods the entire place.

The first timer is at 5 minutes. Every time players clear a level, another 5 minutes is added to the timer, maxing out at 10 minutes. At the end of the fifth floor, players will have to put in all the codes that they’ve gathered from the floors in order to unlock the final door and clear the level.

Pry the plank to reveal the code - Escape Academy Under Pressure
Pry the plank to reveal the code

Escape Academy Under Pressure First Floor

You’ll find yourself in the very bottom of the level and the water starts rising.

  1. Inspect the Case – Inside the flat Case is a Small Key that you’ll need to open the Power Box.
  2. Open the Power Box and shut the power – Use the Small key to open the Power Box and pull down on the lever to turn the lights off.
  3. Inspect the Handprint – You’ll see a glow-in-the-dark handprint on one of the walls. Inspect it to reveal a niche where you can grab some Clippers, Hammer, and a Screwdriver.
  4. Pry the Plank off the wall – Find the plank with a heart drawn on it and use the Hammer to pry it off. You’ll then reveal the word “FEAR” behind it which also glows in the dark.
  5. Type the code in the panel – The panel only takes in four button presses for each of the letters of the code, so just press the buttons where the letters are in order. Then, climb up the stairs into the next level.
Find the right combination based on the clues - Escape Academy Under Pressure
Find the right combination based on the clues

Escape Academy Under Pressure Second Floor

You climb up the steps into an underwater viewing deck. There is a box on a table where extra tools can be grabbed.

  1. Free the Blue Valve Handle – Hanging in the middle of the floor is the Blue Valve Handle. Use the Clippers to cut the rope, get the handle, and place the handle on the peg on the door.
  2. Solve the Valve code – Around the room are different warning signs:
    • Yellow is odd.
    • Red is double yellow.
    • Blue is more than yellow, but less than red.
    • No valve should be set to 5.
      • To get the code, you must set the valves to the right order based on the signs. Since the numbers only go from 1-6 in each gauge and yellow cannot be 1 or 5, then following the guide will leave us with “346” as the code. This will open the door to another chamber.
  3. Get the Rusty Key – Cranking up the wheel will pull out the Rusty Key from under the water.
  4. Free the Handicam – Use the Rusty key to unlock the padlock that is holding the hanging Handicam in the room.
  5. Find the submerged code – Take the Handicam and place it on the hook where the Rusty key was, then lower it down into the water. Then check on the screen in the room to see the code on a sign saying “WILL”.
  6. Type the code in the panel and climb up to the next floor.
Follow the pattern to reveal the sequence - Escape Academy Under Pressure
Follow the pattern to reveal the sequence

Escape Academy Under Pressure Third Floor

You find yourself in Jeb’s quarters where a lot of stuff are lying around. There’s also a safe that needs to be opened.

  1. Open the Toilet Lid – Go to the toilet on the right and lift its lid to see the Opening Instructions.
  2. Find the missing Opening Instructions sequence – The Opening Instructions only lists sequences up until the Mk.4 of the safe and you need the one for the Mk.5. Following the pattern of the first 4, the sequence just shifts one to the left which gives us the sequence: Circle, Circle, Square, Crank, Square. Use the sequence to open the safe and get the Switch Handle inside.
  3. Find 3 Acrylic Sheets – You’ll need to find three acrylic sheets inside the room. They can be found at:
    • Inside a box
    • On the couch
    • On the pegboard
  4. Place the sheets on the pegboard – Placing the acrylic sheets on the right pegboard will reveal numbers that will open a combination lock. You need to put the one from the box on the left pegboard, the one from the couch on the middle, and the last one on the left to get the code “510”.
  5. Open the Power Box and shut the lights – Use the code to open the combination lock on the Power Box. Then, place the Switch Handle and pull it down to turn the lights off. Look back on the pegboards and you will see the next code which is “SLOW”.
  6. Type the code in the panel and climb up to the next floor.
Decipher the message to find the right code - Escape Academy Under Pressure
Decipher the message to find the right code

Escape Academy Under Pressure Fourth Floor

You find yourself in a room full of water pipes. There is also a graffiti written on the wall.

  1. Inspect the Table – On the table are two Strange Devices; pick them up.
  2. Get the Cipher Sheet – The Cipher Sheet is stuck on a column in the middle of the room.
  3. Decode the Graffiti – Use the Cipher Sheet to decode the messages written on the wall. Decoded, they’ll show up as:
    • Over Weight
    • Under Pressure
  4. Open the Socket Boxes – Locate the Socket Boxes for Water Weight and Water Pressure and open them. You may need to use your Screwdriver.
  5. Insert the Strange Devices on the sockets – In each box are two sockets tagged as Over and Under. Plugging any of the Strange Devices on either one of them will show a particular pair of letters which forms a 4-letter word. You need to get the right pairs of letters to get the code for the level:
    • Over Weight: YO
    • Under Pressure: UR
  6. Type the code in the panel and climb up to the next floor.
Find the letters to know the code - Escape Academy Under Pressure
Find the letters to know the code

Escape Academy Under Pressure Fifth Floor

You find yourself almost at the surface levels. There are power wires running along the walls and connected to panels.

  1. Break the crate with a Hammer – Use the hammer to break the crate where you’ll find an Old Map. This map shows a 4x4 grid with four numbers on them and a small yellow square in the middle.
  2. Light up the marked panels – Locate the panels that have yellow triangles on their corners and route the electricity towards them by rotating the power lines at the junctions. Once lit, the panels will show four-letter words in a 2x2 grid.
  3. Find the code – Using the yellow square on the Old Map, take note of the the yellow corners as they correspond to which panel the you’ll find the letter for the code. The numbers also note the order of the letters to get the code. Once done, you will end up with the code “MIND“.
  4. Type the code in the panel and climb up the ladder.

At this point, you will see the exit door, but in order to open it, you must input all the codes that you’ve gathered so far on the panel on the wall. In case you have forgotten, the codes are “FEAR WILL SLOW YOUR MIND“; each section on the panel have multiple choices, so just scroll through the choices until you see one of the code words.

You have successfully cleared the Under Pressure level, congratulations! If you want to, you can do the level again to try and see if you can clear it in a faster time.


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