While making my daily rounds I discovered a new link on the Fasco-cs website that has been host to Toshimitsu Takagi-san's Crimson Room and Viridian Room games since early 2004. Those two games were among the very first escape-the-room games to appear on the Web and, due to their popularity, a new genre of Flash-based casual Web games emerged.
Today a brand new game has been released called the White Chamber, an escape-the-room game with much the same look-and-feel as the Viridian Room before it.
From the Fasco-cs website:
"WHITE CHAMBER is an interactive game that you escape from by finding, using, and combining items you find in this room. You only have to click the right places on the screen. Using the graphics, the sounds, and the responses as clues, you are to escape with your idea and your inspiration."
That sums them all up fairly well. The items that must be found are in all corners of the room, and even in places you cannot see nor even access at first. Items can be examined in your inventory by clicking the item and then clicking the "i" tab that appears next to it. When you want to use an item, simply click on the item in your inventory, and then click on the place you want to use it. Be sure to look at the room from all angles. Although there are only 4 walls to the room, there are many more times that in perspectives that exist.
Upon a successful escape, you are rewarded with a special ending scene with credits similar to the authors previous games. Also, upon finishing, you will be given the opportunity to leave your name and a comment among those who also have finished.
Besides the opening and closing credit music, the sound in the game seems to have been taken directly from the Viridian Room. Although this is not necessarily a negative, it would have been nice to have given this game a fresh set of sound effects to go with its fresh music tracks.
And there is not much in the way of a narrative here as there was in the Viridian Room. After having escaped we still know nothing about the person who owned the bike or why she was locked in the room.
Still, it's yet another excellent puzzle game in Takagi-san's famous escape-the-room series, a fun casual Web game for people of all ages, and one that provides a decent challenge for even the sharpest puzzle-minded peeps. Click.