What do a hamster, an umbrella, and half a pair of glasses have in common? I'm not telling, but The Great Living Room Escape just might. The just-released follow up to The Great Kitchen Escape from Pastel Games (yes, the site Submachine creator Mateusz Skutnik calls home) is filled with brightly-colored art, zany items, and excellent point-and-click room escape gameplay.
Wielding the mouse as your do-all, find-all, examine-all tool, simply slide the cursor around and look for hotspots where you can zoom in or items you can pick up. The arrows at the bottom of the screen let you navigate the livingroom. Objects you grab are stored in your inventory as bubbles at the top of the screen. To use them together, just click one, move it to the other object, and click again.
A great visual style is the perfect hook for The Great Living Room Escape, and the animations are fluid and packed with charm. The only real drawback is its length: five to ten minutes, tops. There are only a few screens to explore and half a dozen items to collect. Escaping the room is a simple matter of gathering everything and using it in the right combination (accomplished by a quick bout with Mr. Trial-and-Error).
It may be fleeting, but The Great Living Room Escape is a great casual gaming diversion.