When you think of strawberries, what comes to mind? Unctuous strawberries and cream, pink frosted cakes, luxurious mounds of red and pink and white, and of course the room escapes of the Japanese designer Strawberry Cafe. Okay, so not necessarily the last one unless you are a complete room escape junkie, which is hopefully why you're here and reading this in the first place. At any rate, the cafe is back and making us hungry all over again with their luscious new escape, Suntrap Room Escape.
Par for the course with Strawberry Cafe, there's no back story involved in this fun little amuse bouche. Suntrap Room Escape is your basic one-room escape, except with two rooms. The scenery is done up in the usual mouth-watering reds, pinks, and whites, with luxurious touches here and there to rescue it from cartoony and elevate the scenery from ordinary to luxe. Navigate the space with the help of arrows at the side of the screens and with judicious clicking on certain other areas for close ups, solve some fun and tricky puzzles, use a few objects, and pretty soon you'll be on your way out, albeit probably craving something involving Fragaria x Ananassa.
Although Strawberry Cafe games are always fun and easy on the eyes they're not terribly difficult and Suntrap Room Escape is no exception. There are, however, a few tougher than usual puzzles and surprisingly enough nothing color-based. Instead you're looking at math, logic, and use of found objects to help solve your way out of this delightful space. There's no music to accompany along your way, simply chimes and clicks to let you know when you've found an item of importance or unlocked something. The control structure is pretty basic but includes both a save button and easy inventory control with the use of an "about item" button. There's no changing cursor, though, so some pixel hunting may plague an otherwise charming experience.
Suntrap Room Escape is in Japanese, but there is so little text that it doesn't really matter; pure logic is the key to escaping this comfortably furnished room. Take time to explore and don't forget to examine everything that you pick up as it may not be exactly what it seems on the surface. Not difficult but fun and occasionally challenging, Suntrap Room Escape is the perfect mid-week break, a light and airy confection as delicious as its designer's name implies. Dive in and enjoy the experience, even if it will leave you hungry for something, anything strawberry flavored.