Emergency Exit Sign and
Game in Game in Game
You could say I'm the raccoon of the JIG staff. Whereas everyone else spends their time with the new games that come out, I scour the garbage cans and dumpsters for the old but good games that missed their time in the spotlight for whatever reason. This time around I scavenged up a pair of small but entertaining room escape packages from a Japanese developer called No1Game. Don't worry, the games are fully translated.
The first, Emergency Exit Sign, tells the story of a Japanese all-night worker who just about lives at his office, which becomes a problem when a monster traps him inside. Apparently there's a huge demand for room escape games, and he's just supplying it where it's demanded. Needless to say you've got to help our hapless workaholic drive the monster away by exploiting its one weakness: emergency exit signs.
The second, Game in Game in Game, shows us a rather obsessed escape fanatic who plays a room escape game every day before bed, only to wake up one morning trapped in one. He spends some time reading about his own game on the forums of a website with the ultimate goal of getting out of his own room.
Analysis: Neither Emergency Exit Sign nor Game in Game in Game are particularly remarkable in any category but one, the exception being humor. Both games go out of their way to point out the illogicalities that pop up in room escape games everywhere. (Of course you can't just take some paper out of the copier and put it in the printer; what made you think you could?) Parody has always been one of my favorite varieties of humor, so these games touch my heart.
Aside from the humor factor, both games are fairly standard. The puzzles are logical but creative and match the games' respective themes, there's no pixel-hunting (I'll bet some of you are still complaining about that screwdriver from Purism), and the games themselves are relatively short but enjoyable while they last.
One word of warning: you'll need a bit of knowledge of geography to solve one puzzle in Emergency Exit Sign. Bring up Google if you have to; the monster won't notice.