It's vacation time for a lot of people. Time to visit friends and/or relatives and to just get away from the madness for a while. It's also time for that particular friend you are staying with to lock you into an odd-shaped room until you make them breakfast. Not your usual summer break? But this is Weekday Escape, your mid-week break, and that odd setup means that it's time for another amusing room escape from Tesshi-e. This month's fare is Escape from the Hexagonal Room, and it is pretty tasty fare indeed.
Yes, once again you are presented with a setup that only Tesshi-e could provide, namely another friend/relative/boss/total stranger locking you into an unfamiliar space until you solve your way out, although in this case it's not so much a case of unlocking a door but calling said friend once you've made them a tasty and nutritious breakfast. Yum, but also, what? Although it presents as a classic room escape, the twist is that not only are you not worrying about a key for the door, but you must also wander around something that is not your classic box-shaped four walled room.
You move around this gorgeous six-walled wonder of a room using navigation bars at the sides of the screen, simply clicking on items against the walls to examine things closer up. As per usual you need to combine logic, puzzle solving, object finding, object using, and a few culinary skills in order to call your friend to let you out so you can enjoy the lovely breakfast you just slaved over a hot...hot-plate to create. Some of the puzzles will be quite familiar to any fan of Tesshi-e's design (gee, the wobbly picture puzzle, again, some more) and some are new and creative. Although there will be a lot of use and combining of certain objects you won't really see the usual staple of Tesshi-e's designs, i.e. construction, this time around.
What's not to love about this Tesshi-e escape? The puzzles are logical and flow nicely from one to another, the space itself is stunning to look at and fun to explore, the controls now have all the bells and whistles you could want (the ability to save, the ability to mute the very familiar music, the ability to turn on the fantastic English translation by Idahhh, easy inventory control, etc.). And as always, there's a regular and a happy coin escape to keep the gamer happy and problem solving. Time to brush up on your culinary skills and get cooking!