Although most room escapes take place in an actual room, this week's foray into escapist escaping takes place in...Well, I'm not sure how to describe this one. It's a single space to be sure, but one that appears to be made of glass and is a very odd geometric shape. Almost like trying to escape from a geodesic dome, one without any visible doors. Can you solve your way out of Ice Stone Escape? Strawberry Cafe certainly hopes so, as do I. Welcome to Weekday Escape!
Strawberry Cafe does tend towards whimsical, almost nonsensical escapes, and Ice Stone Escape fits right into their oeuvre. Wander around the limited area and solve a variety of puzzles based on color, shape, and pure logic and perhaps you will make it out of this...greenhouse? Deck? What the heck is this place anyway? Whatever this place may be, it certainly needs to be escaped from, and for some reason you can't seem to take the simple, logical step of throwing something through the glass and breaking your way out.
Navigation is handled with arrows at the sides and bottoms of the screens, although there's not that many places to go. Inventory control is pretty simple with the help of an "About Item" button that allows you to examine the things you've picked up, and you'll need to pick up a fair few things to puzzle your way out of this odd place. There's even a "Save" button, which is a nice inclusion, but not terribly necessary as this escape is pretty logical and easy. Unfortunately, though, there will be a fair amount of pixel hunting involved as Strawberry Cafe still has not incorporated a changing cursor into their escapes.
Ice Stone Escape is a Japanese game, although that's not much of a downside as basically everything is pure logic. In fact, within the game, you might encounter Japanese text only a couple of times as you click around the room, and you don't need any knowledge of the language to play or defeat the game. What you will find as you wander around is Strawberry Cafe's usual use of geometric objects and of course their signature color scheme of light pink, dark pink, and red.
So it's not the most difficult point and click out there, and the pixel hunting can get a little annoying, but Ice Stone Escape delivers some fun logic and puzzles in this compact little room escape. Cute backgrounds and quirky, logical puzzles make Ice Stone Escape a fun mid-week break, something that will refresh your logic circuits and help you clear your mind for the rest of the week. And after this particular week, we all probably need a little mind clearing.