Ah, l'amour. The tingling bubbles in your belly, effervescent like champagne. The delight at the mere thought of seeing your beloved's face, the raw happiness that fills you to near-bursting; nothing, surely, could be more intoxicating than this initial infatuation. Even as the years go by and rapture subsides into loving companionship, it is impossible to forget that early, bright passion.
The Wedding Anniversary, a sweet, compact escape game from Japanese designer Robamimi, takes place on the night of (surprise!) one couple's anniversary. Your rather mischievous spouse has locked you into a bar and hidden away your ring... ok, kind of an odd way to celebrate, but perfect for all the married puzzle-lovers out there, right? Now, you must escape and rejoin your unseen love.
While The Wedding Anniversary is not terribly difficult, it is certainly satisfying; the puzzles you encounter are varied and interesting, and Robamimi has succeeded in avoiding any of the questionable "leaps of logic" that plague the majority of even high-quality escape games. The game is also quite good-looking, with graphics reminiscent of Gotmail's venerable series of escape games; unlike Gotmail, however, Robamimi has chosen not to include much in the way of pixel-hunting (hooray!). The game's interface is clean and friendly and a handy save feature is included. Perfect!
These are all excellent qualities, but what is perhaps most appealing about the game is its cool, easy-going ambiance. A simple piano tune floats through the air, melodious enough to enhance the game's atmosphere without unduly distracting the player; the deserted bar is decorated in a sophisticated and minimalist style. All in all, the game has an air of unhurried relaxation, inviting you to complete the puzzles at your own pace and enjoy the ride along the way.
With just enough challenge to engage, but not overtax, the mind, The Wedding Anniversary is a perfectly mellow respite from the workday world. Relax, kick back and indulge in a bit of sentimentality... it's more fun than a chick flick.