It's Weekday Escape time! Tone of Vesper, by Strawberry Cafe, is less of an escape from a room and more of an escape to a certain state of mind. Strawberry Cafe has stripped away many of the usual room escape trappings, leaving a game that is more of a point-and-click adventure than an escape. The object, you see, is not to get out of the space, but to explore it and find out what hidden treasures it holds. Specifically, what hidden musical treasures.
You can still use your usual escape skills to explore every item you can find to see what kind of noise it can make. Each noise gets you a musical note, and when you complete the collection you will be treated to a lovely tune with which to enjoy the serene night and the brilliant full moon which hovers over the area. There is very little navigation here, the space, what looks like a back courtyard with a small pool, is the only place you will explore. There's no turning around, simply looking at things either in the long view or close-up, making Tone of Vesper resemble the stripped down gems of Petithima. Everything is a potential source of music, from the rustle of leaves to the...but that would be telling. Most of the fun in this game is discovering for yourself what items can make beautiful music.
Tone of Vesper is done up in darker, more realistic shades than Strawberry Cafe's usual efforts, although there are touches of the trademark pink and red here and there. The dimmer lighting and the night setting give the game a surreal yet calm feeling, a perfect setting for what is to come. Although there are some puzzles to be found, almost everything is use of found objects. What happens when you use this on that, what sort of noise will this make. Slow down and take the time to really explore, and discover the music of the night (sorry, bad pun).
There's no internal music, so the game is pretty quiet other than the minor sounds you will hear when you manipulate objects. However since sound plays an integral role in Tone of Vesper don't play with the mute on or else you will miss most of the charm and the lovely melody at the end. There's no changing cursor so be prepared for some pixel hunting which is minimized somewhat by the minimal space of the game.
Take 5 minutes out of your day to make some beautiful music, and enjoy the night and the rhythm of everyday life.