One of the things I've often mentioned about the Dismantlement series of games by gam.ebb.jp is that they are something that you would find in a bigger game, perhaps an adventure game or a hidden object hybrid, or even a room escape game. Then gam.ebb.jp went and created an actual room escape game, which was pretty fun and tricky. Now, they've come out with a sequel, Room Perfection 2, just in time to drive the casual gamer nuts before the weekend. Welcome to Weekday Escape!
Room Perfection 2 isn't what you'd call a complete room escape, more of a two walls and out type of scenario. However, packed within those two walls are a lot of tricky puzzles and games worthy of gam.ebb.jp's reputation. Visual puzzles, letter puzzles, just about everything you can think of makes an appearance, including a tricky bit of point and shoot. That's a lot to pack into a room escape, much less just two walls.
As with all room escapes you click on objects to examine them, to pick them up, to put them together, or to blow the space completely to smithereens. Okay, you won't find so much of that last item in your standard room escape. You start in the space armed only with a button that you are told to under no circumstances push until you make it out of the house. So, let's see how long it takes you to defy that restriction. Of course, if you've played the first Room Perfection, you know exactly what happens. It's nice, though, when you're slamming your head against the desk trying to figure out one of the many puzzles to have that option as a kind of stress relief.
There seems to be fewer puzzles this time around, and nothing that is reflex-based (unlike that maze in the first game). However, it's nice to see such a variety of games and puzzles not often found in your standard room escape. There is one that is color based, so if you have visual problems be warned. And a changing cursor to indicate the hot-spots would have been nice, along with the ability to save and come back later.
Is this, as the title implies, the perfect room escape? No, but not for lack of trying. Room Perfection 2 is fun, engaging, challenging, and frustrating in turn. The simple graphics, the lack of music, and the lack of the changing cursor or save option do not diminish what is a rollicking good escaping time. With the Room Perfection series gam.ebb.jp proves that they can do more than just create a simple dismantlement puzzle and blow up a common household object. Now, you can blow up a whole house! What will they blow up next?