It seems that designers of escape games today have branched out a little. Although you still find the classic one room escape around, many have moved to escaping buildings, snow-covered fields, or even islands. Still, it's nice to return to the classics, isn't it? Welcome to Escape From Bed Room, a simple room escape by Tesshi-e that returns to the basic form: escaping from a room. Mind you, it's a room with a loft, but still a room.
Quite a beautiful room it is, too. Of course, it's not many folks who have the bed in what looks like the living room. Unless you're Quagmire from Family Guy, that is. So it's up to you to explore the area, picking up anything that isn't nailed down, and attempting to use the objects and solve the puzzles to escape. Although Tesshi-e's games are usually known for their construction, you're not going to find a lot of that here. Lots of use of found objects to be had, though, so examine everything you pick up very carefully.
Navigation is accomplished by bars at the sides and bottom of the screen, with the exception of the stairs to the loft, which require clicking on a handy green arrow when you hover the cursor over the stairs. Inventory control has an "about item" button which allows you to pull up anything that you've picked up. And hopefully, you've picked up a few things while exploring.
Tesshi-e games rarely look bad, and Escape From Bed Room is no exception. This is a warm, inviting space that practically glows from the light coming in through the windows. The accompanying soundtrack might sound a bit familiar, but it can be muted if you like. Although the game is in Japanese, you don't need to be able to read the language to finish the game. In fact, surprisingly, every now and again you might see an English phrase pop up.
Analysis: Another Tesshi-e game, and the games can feel a little sterile, but the solutions from puzzles flow logically and the use of found objects also follows the rules of logic. No constructing anything, just using what you've found in conjunction with some brainpower to find your way out of what is, actually, quite an inviting place. Shame you can't just sit down and relax a while with that large screen TV.
Although you might spot a few familiar objects in the room, for once there's not a lot of recycling of puzzles this time around. No pictures with clickable corners, no dolls to manipulate, no cranks to turn. Of course, there are two ways out, because it wouldn't be a Tesshi-e game without the happy coin, would it?
So there's no theme, no cutesy cartoons, and not a lot of humor to be found. What there is, though, is pure escaping goodness, something to stretch your brain without straining. All in all, Escape From Bed Room is an entertaining, challenging way to spend 10 or 20 minutes. Although it perhaps lacks the complexity present in some games, there is still a lot of escaping fun to be had. Time to get off the couch, stop watching the tube, and expand your mind a little as you try to Escape From Bed Room.