Escape is a pretty fun dicefest but still a dicefest. You're playing against yourself for than anything. Pressure of clock (a lot of tension due to the clock) but push your luck; few decisions. Somewhat acceptable at 10 minutes playtime.
The art is garish and distracting, the gameplay clunky and long. I'll take any 18xx over this if I have this amount of time to game. AH's Civilization or Through the Ages are so elegant compared to this mess.
The winner of this game will not be the great strategist; the winner will be the one who remembers a bunch of tedious, fiddly steps and bonuses and takes forever on their turn to do so.