Back in January we featured an escape by a relative newcomer, Dghgbakufu. It wasn't the toughest or most original room escape out there, but it was a prime example of the logical flow from one puzzle to the next that makes a really good escape game. Hottategoya is back with a new offering, Escape from the Room Surrounded by Bookshelves 2, and despite the rather clunky name has produced another fine room escape perfect for the mid-week break that is Weekday Escape!
The first offering by Dghgbakufu that we featured, Escape from a Building without Windows, was a light but logical escaping confection dealing with solving your way into a lot of doors that all looked the same, and through the rooms behind the doors offering some enjoyable puzzles. Escape from the Room Surrounded by Bookshelves 2, however, is your classic basic one-room escape. Move around using the bars at the sides of the screen, pick up random but useful objects that some kind soul has left lying around, solve a few tricky puzzles (some color based) and voila, you are out of the room! Of course, those of us who love books might not be in such a hurry to get out. After all, how often are you locked into a room with that much potential entertainment?
Escape from the Room Surrounded by Bookshelves 2 is a pretty stripped down experience. There's no music (and therefore no mute control), no save feature, no changing cursor, and only one way out of the space. On the other hand there is a very large and very friendly "about item" button that makes for easy inventory control. Despite the lack of a changing cursor there's really not that much pixel hunting, either.
So has Dghgbakufu progressed from Escape from a Building without Windows? Despite the stripped down interface and fairly simple graphics, the answer is yes. There are more puzzles, and they are a bit tougher than the first go round. The designer has also forgone using quite so many colors in the color puzzles, eliminating that problem in Escape from a Building without Windows of trying to tell the orange from the yellow (which also looked orange) which caused a few problems in one of the puzzles. The controls could still stand improving and the puzzles could be a little tougher, but Escape from the Room Surrounded by Bookshelves is a step in the right direction from a talented new game designer. Enjoy escaping and look forward to good things to come.