Escape from the Big Windows Room
Okay, so a friend phones you up and says, "Hey, I have this great new place, you should see it! Big, beautiful windows that let in a lot of natural light, high ceilings, everything you'd want in a residence." So you go over and yes, cool place, but then your friend locks you in. In the real world, you would probably just pick up the nearest expensive object and send it sailing through one of those stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and wander out, probably punching your former friend along the way, permanently destroying the friendship. However, this is the world of Tesshi-e, so instead of wanton destruction it is time to Escape from the Big Windows Room.
Tesshi-e room escape games are getting better and better with each iteration. Like Escape from the Rest House before it, Escape from the Big Windows Room is mostly in English, so at least you know what's going on. And at least this time you've not just wandered into somebody's house blindly. No, this time you are lured there. With friends like that, who needs enemies?
Once again Tesshi-e brings us a delightful little confection, a classic room escape. Simpler than some of the games previous, Escape from the Big Windows Room still has just about everything you'd want in an escape game. Easy navigation bars on the side of the screen, a simple, uncluttered space, accessible inventory, a mute and save button, almost everything. Now all we need is someone who can write Japanese to e-mail Tesshi-e about changing cursors, and we'd be all set.
Tesshi-e has really gone all out on the backgrounds this time. The space is frankly so stunningly gorgeous your first thought might not be escaping so much as trying to figure out how to steal the lease/mortgage out from under your so-called friend. You know, the one who likes locking you into confined spaces. It would have been nice, however, if a little more attention had been paid to the puzzles. Not that this is a bad escape, and the puzzles are all logical and flow from one to another, but this is an example of "Tesshi-e light". Pretty basic, and easily gotten out of, even with the usual alternate "happy coin" escape.
Despite a bit of pixel hunting and the lack of a changing cursor, though, Escape from the Big Windows Room is definitely a great break for the mid-week, a fun pick-me-up to get you out of the doldrums. And perhaps even dream of maybe someday being able to afford to live in such a fantastic space. Hey, even in this economy, a person can dream.