This week let's honor the season in an old-fashioned way, shall we? No, I'm not talking about Easter with its egg hunts and bonnets. No, not Mother's Day with the obligatory flowers and cards either. If you guessed Beltane you'd be pretty close. This week we're honoring springtime as our ancestors used to, and what better way to do that than feature Blossom Spring Escape for this week's room escaping enjoyment? What, your family never celebrated spring with locking someone into a room and making them figure their way out? Bo-ring.
Created by Tomatea (Orient Express Night), Blossom Spring Escape is bursting with color and light, just like the season. Oh, sorry all you guys who are in the Southern Hemisphere. What we're talking about here is a classic one room, four wall escape. Well, almost. You will find in the course of the game a second room but otherwise we're looking at classic room escaping. Unusual for a Tomatea game is the fact that there is no back-story involved. There's only one way out, and it is up to you, you intrepid room escaper you, to find it. Move around the area with your mouse and some handy navigation bars, click on anything that looks vaguely interesting, and solve your way out. There's also a cute little side quest of finding pink flowers to make a nice bouquet which may be handy if you forgot Mother's Day.
Blossom Spring Escape is your basic wander around the room and pick up things to use or things to examine type of escape. Inventory control is pretty simple, click on an object to highlight it and you can use it, click on an object in your inventory and then click on the little "i" button to examine it in close up. Some items are single use; some can be used more than once. And while you will find some use of found objects in Blossom Spring Escape, much of the game consists of puzzles. These puzzles are fun, logical, intuitive, and very heavily color-based.
Visuals are very pretty and heavily feature spring colors and lots of flowers. There's no musical accompaniment (not that that's a bad thing) but there are some amusing sound effects when you hit upon the proper solution for a problem. What would have been nice, though, is a save feature although the game is short enough that most folks wouldn't really need it. On the downside is the lack of a changing cursor which leads to some pixel hunting. Amusingly enough there is a feature in the game with the code locks that may irritate some players. You cannot even attempt to solve these locks until you have clicked on the clue for them, eliminating the ability to "force break" these codes.
Not long and not terribly difficult, Blossom Spring Escape is a perfect mid-week break and a nice celebration of the season wrapped up in one. Amusing, easy on the eyes, logical, and just plain fun, enjoy the escaping madness. So take a few minutes out of your day and celebrate spring with a lot of pretty flowers and colors and logic puzzles. You know, just the way Grandma used to do.