Henna Escape


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ChiktionaryHenna EscapeYou unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into... the Out Of Your Comfort Zone. Playing room escape games can be a comforting pastime, as we've all grown familiar with what to expect; y'know the stuff, intuitively using objects and solving puzzles to find the final exit. Newly emerging Japanese game developer Detarou challenges our notions of comfort and familiarity in Henna Escape, a surreal and almost totally unintuitive point-and-click game.

While the basic premise of Henna Escape is similar to most other room escape games, that is using your mouse to locate objects and solve puzzles to find your way out, the normality pretty much ends there. You start out thinking you know exactly what's going on, until you do ordinarily normal things, like open a closet door or look through a window. Who knew that someone in a panda-suit holding a red balloon could be so creepy? And you won't believe what a flower-pot is for... Okay, I am exaggerating just a little tiny bit, because guess what? There's a screwdriver. And guess what else? It does screwdriver stuff. This is a Japanese escape game, so there are moments when you click and receive information in Japanese, but the puzzles are completely solvable without having to resort to translations.

This is certainly a game that will leave you thinking "What was that all about?" and you will probably even finish it wondering how the heck you even did. We all love those cute Minoto games, and Henna Escape continues the tradition of quirky Japanese games, but in an edgier way. Trippy moments aside, the slick graphics and smooth gameplay definitely make this game worth playing.

So prepare yourself for a trip into the unknown and the unexpected, and when you get through to the other side congratulate yourself for trying something new. Ah, what am I saying? You're going to love it!

Play Henna Escape

Walkthrough Guide


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Walkthrough:

First screen (Door):

Investigate the robot

Look at his head

On his ear there's a green circle with a 1 in it

Look at the painting

Note numbers and shapes

You'll need to know that there are 4 yellow squares and 4 yellow circles

Turn Right (Bed Screen):

Investigate the bed

There are three things to find here (two you can pick up)

Under the covers you'll find a green kissy face

Under the bed you'll find a remote and a code - green square with a six, yellow circle, red circle, blue square

On the wall above the bed is a piece of tape with a torn corner

The torn corner matches one of the corners from the code paper

The code paper is upside down! Reverse the order - blue square, red circle, yellow circle, green square with a NINE

Investigate the dresser

In the big cupboard is a man screaming at a pot

Give him the green kissy face and you'll take the pot

In the bottom (small) cupboard you'll find a doll

Examine the doll and disassemble for the screwdriver!

If you investigate the urn, a little guy will poke his head out - you can't do anything with this yet

Turn Right (Window):

Investigate the trash can

Get the sheet of paper

Squares and Circles are interchangeable!

Look at the window - a panda with a balloon is staring at a despressed man

There's a vent in the upper right - you can't do anything with it yet

Turn Right (Buddha):

Investigate the Buddha

Take the happy frog coin from his right hand

Investigate the door

There's a man inside covering up his t-shirt

If only he had something else to hold

Give him the pot!

You now know that a Yellow square plus a green circle equals a blue square

Door:

Give the remote to the robot

He presses the button - but where's he facing?

Go back and check the window

The air vent has activated - balloon now shows a red three

Now that you have the screwdriver, use it on the metal panel

Pick up the lighter

Investigate the lighter - click to open and light. What to burn?

Burn the piece of paper with square = circle

Bed Screen

Investigate the urn

You need that little guy out of there

Drop in the burning paper and pick up the key!

Buddha Screen

Use the key on the metal door

You need a four digit code

Remember the paper under the bed

We need a blue square, red circle, yellow circle, green square (which is nine)

From the painting we know there are 4 yellow circles

From the window and balloon we know the red circle is three

From the guy's t-shirt we know that the blue square is equal to yellow square plus green circle

There are 4 yellow squares in the painting and the green circle on the robot's ear had a 1

Blue square is therefore 5

So enter the code - 5-3-4-9

Robot Screen:

Door is now unlocked - go through it!

Turn left - that door isn't going to be very helpful

Make a u-turn - what does this machine do?

Zoom in on the square metal panel

Is that a coin slot?

Put in your happy frog coin and press the button

Boom! Your "door" is now open

37 Comments

vederblich Author Profile Page January 4, 2011 10:31 AM

Hm... When you say "there's a screwdriver" that "does screwdriver stuff", are you actually totally lying? Cause

I got the screwdriver

and

it won't. Unscrew the wall plate that is. It's the right shape and everything, isn't it? What's missing?

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Ah. To use items in your inventory, you need to drag and drop them, not click.

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vederblich Author Profile Page January 4, 2011 10:37 AM

Jeez, can't believe I've been clicking around like a madman for ages without getting that! Thank you kind sir, this should make the game a tad easier...

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nobody's fool January 4, 2011 10:41 AM

Wow, I guess I must be unintuitive, because I'm out and needed no help! I usually need ginny's well written walkthroughs to nudge me in the right direction a few times.

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LeonardBanks Author Profile Page January 4, 2011 10:43 AM

That was fun. All I needed was fetchund's clue. Thanks Jay.

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Glad I could help... too bad that's ALL I could figure out. Still stuck.

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Thanks for the help fetchund. Once I could do things I got out pretty quickly.

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Dr. Curiosity January 4, 2011 10:59 AM

Probably worth pointing out to non-Japanese-speakers that "henna" (変な) means "strange", not the henna dye. That's one little confusion solved, at least ;-)

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Phew! Fetchund's comment saved the day! I was clicking around like crazy too!

Although, I don't remember using the

remote control.

Did I miss something? Or did I just space out?

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sandsnake Author Profile Page January 4, 2011 11:04 AM

Ok, stuck on what to do with the

remote

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Anonymous January 4, 2011 11:04 AM

Out...man that was weird.

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Nice escape. I liked in particular the atmosphere.
If you're blocked:

if you look at the wall over the bed, you will guess the paper under the bed has in fact to be considered upside down

With this, the final exit code is

5349

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The remote

I tried clicking it at everything. Eventually worked on


The man (robot?)

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you use the remote

on the robot man. he'll reveal a number on the panda's balloon

I'm stuck on

how to open the locked panel that presumably is where I put the code in. I'm not sure what to use the coin for or how to interact with the little blue creature in the vase by the cabinet

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yeah, that was great fun and irritating what that was all about. but I did it! found out everything and escaped (first time without walkthrough :D )

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Walkthrough:

First screen (Door):

Investigate the robot

Look at his head

On his ear there's a green circle with a 1 in it

Look at the painting

Note numbers and shapes

You'll need to know that there are 4 yellow squares and 4 yellow circles

Turn Right (Bed Screen):

Investigate the bed

There are three things to find here (two you can pick up)

Under the covers you'll find a green kissy face

Under the bed you'll find a remote and a code - green square with a six, yellow circle, red circle, blue square

On the wall above the bed is a piece of tape with a torn corner

The torn corner matches one of the corners from the code paper

The code paper is upside down! Reverse the order - blue square, red circle, yellow circle, green square with a NINE

Investigate the dresser

In the big cupboard is a man screaming at a pot

Give him the green kissy face and you'll take the pot

In the bottom (small) cupboard you'll find a doll

Examine the doll and disassemble for the screwdriver!

If you investigate the urn, a little guy will poke his head out - you can't do anything with this yet

Turn Right (Window):

Investigate the trash can

Get the sheet of paper

Squares and Circles are interchangeable!

Look at the window - a panda with a balloon is staring at a despressed man

There's a vent in the upper right - you can't do anything with it yet

Turn Right (Buddha):

Investigate the Buddha

Take the happy frog coin from his right hand

Investigate the door

There's a man inside covering up his t-shirt

If only he had something else to hold

Give him the pot!

You now know that a Yellow square plus a green circle equals a blue square

Door:

Give the remote to the robot

He presses the button - but where's he facing?

Go back and check the window

The air vent has activated - balloon now shows a red three

Now that you have the screwdriver, use it on the metal panel

Pick up the lighter

Investigate the lighter - click to open and light. What to burn?

Burn the piece of paper with square = circle

Bed Screen

Investigate the urn

You need that little guy out of there

Drop in the burning paper and pick up the key!

Buddha Screen

Use the key on the metal door

You need a four digit code

Remember the paper under the bed

We need a blue square, red circle, yellow circle, green square (which is nine)

From the painting we know there are 4 yellow circles

From the window and balloon we know the red circle is three

From the guy's t-shirt we know that the blue square is equal to yellow square plus green circle

There are 4 yellow squares in the painting and the green circle on the robot's ear had a 1

Blue square is therefore 5

So enter the code - 5-3-4-9

Robot Screen:

Door is now unlocked - go through it!

Turn left - that door isn't going to be very helpful

Make a u-turn - what does this machine do?

Zoom in on the square metal panel

Is that a coin slot?

Put in your happy frog coin and press the button

Boom! Your "door" is now open

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Anonymous January 4, 2011 11:36 AM

"Henna" is a Japanese word for "strange"

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DuncmanG --

Great walkthrough! I came up with something a bit different on one point, though:

I think the paper with the "square = circle" is actually "pot = circle." The shape on the paper isn't really a square, it's an upside-down pot shape. As such, I thought it was a hint as to how to get the pot from the man in the cupboard, as opposed to a hint about the shape/color code (since we know that a green circle has a different value than a green square).

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This is one of the first Escape Games I've been able to complete without a Walkthrough. Fun little game. Gotta love the surrealist factor of it.

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@Fritware

That's Exactly it

It's telling you to how to exchange the Pot with the Green Circle creature. I first though you're supposed to look under the pot for one of the numbers.

Took me a bit to realise that.

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Oh

pot - circle

makes a HELL of a lot more sense. Can you edit posts? I can't seem to see an edit button.

@Shades - There's nothing

on the bottom of the pot, though.

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Crabbityjoe Author Profile Page January 4, 2011 12:56 PM

One of the more strangely enjoyable escape games I've played. Not particularly hard, but very weird. Would have been cool with sound to increase the funky factor.

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@DuncmanG

Yeah, i kinda figured that out towards the end of the game.

@Crabbityjoe

I don't know. Some funky music is all this game needs. Sometimes odd sounds can take away from it more. This leaves room for the imagination to fill in, which can make it even weirder.

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Just thought I'd let y'all know that, after running some errands, I was able to come back and complete this one without the walkthrough! (Rare for me) Cheers!

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Hey... it's a green Onsokumaru! I found a hawk in the bed :P

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And then

he was firin his lazorz?

I... I think I'm in love with Detaru... ♪

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nerdypants Author Profile Page January 4, 2011 7:53 PM

Well... that certainly was strange. And I do think the game would have benefited from some use of sound. Like screaming. Neverending, muffled screaming.

By the way, if anyone's curious about that last button you have to push, the label on it says

button.

Hope that cleared up some confusion.

And mega thanks to fetchund for helping me figure out the inventory; I was totally lost there for a minute.

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Procrastinateher January 4, 2011 9:12 PM

Heheh, well that game definitely lived up to its name...

And thankyou, nerdypants. Such a helpful clue ;)

I tried to read what it said, but since my Japanese knowledge is pretty basic, all I got was

It said something about a lighter when you inspect - you guessed it - the lighter.

May or may not have told me nothing happened when I tried to press the button on the remote myself.

Oh gosh, could you imagine if this guy and Minoto paired up?

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Yay, I made it out without a walkthrough, though I did have to guess the second digit of the code.

I thought I'd used the remote on the robot already, but I guess it was back when I still thought you clicked to use items, and I never tried to drag it.

That was definitely strange.

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Erwin Schrodinger January 5, 2011 11:18 AM

Seriously? Seriously?!?

That was the most bizarre game I have ever played -- bar none!

Lots fun, but not a game that one will understand without the benefit of illegal substance abuse.

This was almost as wierd as that old Beatles video "Yellow Submarine."

Still, a second installment of Henna might be interesting.

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That made me laugh! I avoided the walkthrough and got by with fetchund's answer to the first question and Czhorat's note on the remote. Thanks, you two!

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Strange. VERY strange!!!

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Is that Justin Timberlake???

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The madman never accepts the

green creature

no matter how many times i click. i guessed that i had to that from the begginning, but seeing nothing happened i read the walkthrough just in case i wasnt right. now i dont know what to do but to quit the game.

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oh, i just read that you have to drag items, not click. after that the game was quite quick and strightforward, even dull.

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How do you burn the paper, I open the lighter and turn on flame but can't burn the paper, how? Please help

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Took me ages to figure out you had to drag items to use them instead of just highlighting them.

Also.. what.

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