If—in reality—you were trapped in a room that you couldn't get out of, you wouldn't be solving tricky puzzles or finding scraps of paper with clues on them, you'd be looking for objects in the room to help you break down the door, smash a window, or attack whomever locked you in if they bothered to come back. So let's play a game that focuses almost entirely on the use of found objects to escape. Welcome to Escape Ancient China Room by Flash512, a Chinese room escape that depends more on your ability to combine objects than to solve puzzles.
Not to say that there aren't any puzzles in Escape Ancient China Room, there's a right tricky one at the end to get out. However, the bulk of the game is finding and using what you've found. Navigation is accomplished by bars at the sides of the screen to move you around this lavishly appointed room. Unfortunately, there's no changing cursor, so be prepared for some pixel hunting to find the items that you'll need.
Take some time to enjoy the beauty of the room itself. Done up in the style of ancient China, you can almost feel the intricate lattice-work of the wood in the furniture. Adding to the feel of a time gone by is a lovely Chinese tune that plays in the background. And if the tune gets annoying there's a handy button to turn off sound in the upper left of the screen. Inventory is stored at the right of the screen. Simply click on an object to use it, or click on the little magnifying glass in the object corner to bring it up for a close up. Remember, there's going to be a lot of object usage and combing to get out of this room.
Analysis: Escape Ancient China Room is a little trickier than most escapes featured in Weekday Escape. Still a nice break in the middle of the week, with the lovely scenery and the calming music. Don't worry that it's a Chinese escape game, there is an English option, just remember to click it before the game begins. When you follow the link to the game, scroll down a little and you will see three large blue buttons. Just click on one of the blue buttons and enjoy the casual gameplay.
There is a lot of combining objects and use of found objects in this little gem, so be prepared. Some things are quite intuitive, but some are a bit of a logical leap. The lack of a changing cursor means that there will be pixel hunting nigh, which can be very frustrating. Fortunately, most objects are fairly easy to spot. The final puzzle will be very easy or very difficult, depending on your knowledge of peg jump puzzles.
Despite the flaws this is still one lovely, well put together little escape. A little something to take your mind off your troubles and the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holidays. Sit back, relax, and escape to ancient China.
Note: The links above take you to a page where you will see 3 blue buttons with Chinese text on them. Click on any one of those to be taken to the game.