Don't let the title fool you, Hermit Rabi and Wonder Fountain is not an adventure comic featuring the twisted duo of a reclusive Torah teacher and an architectural water shooting superhero, although that would be pretty radical (call me, Stan Lee!). Instead, we're talking about the latest and greatest room escape game from Robamimi, one of the best designers in the business, although perhaps not as good when it comes to English translations...
Hermit Rabi and Wonder Fountain (alternate title: Spring Bunny Hermit and the Curious Donkey Ears, which makes slightly more sense) tells the story of a lonely bunny, wasting away in his hidey hole, pining for fresh carrots and locking hapless folks in his strange underground bunker until they bring him some orangey carrot goodness or figure their way out, or both. At least, I think that's what this game is all about, I could possibly be horribly wrong. What looks at first like a classic one room four wall escape quickly turns into something quite different and somewhat bigger (and stranger). Featuring a lot of fun puzzles (including some color-based) there's more than first meets the eye in this delightful escape.
Hermit Rabi plays like a standard room escape with navigation bars at the sides and bottom of the screens, an inventory of items that you can pick up, take, examine, and use, and many of the features we like to see in top-notch room escapes like a changing cursor, a save function, a lovely sliding volume on the easy-listening music loop, a strange life-sized bunny, and even a hint feature. Well, if other designers can't be bothered to have Harvey in their games it's their loss, isn't it? Other than the somewhat creepy rabbit we're talking top-notch controls which make for a fantastic gameplaying experience.
Robamimi doesn't just put all of their efforts into the control structure of the games, though. Hermit Rabi is a satisfying little adventure chock-full of puzzles, logic, use of found objects, combining objects, and communicating with imaginary rabbits. And, of course, the graphics are first-rate as well, especially the animation of our furry little friend with the carrot fetish. With this designer you get the whole package: fantastic gameplay, intuitive and easy to use controls, and gorgeous visuals, making Robamimi one of our favorite and go-to room escape designers.
So get ready for a perfect mid-week break with Hermit Rabi and Wonder Fountain. Logical, amusing, fun, and tricky, we've found one fantastic room escape for you to tackle. Just remember, if you think real large rabbits are locking you in a bunker in order to obtain their precious carrots, perhaps it's time to get up and walk away from the computer for a little while. Just saying.