Of all of the weird, wild set-up scenarios in Tesshi-e escapes, one of the stand-outs is arguably the Escape Hotel. Just think of it, a place to go on vacation where everything becomes a real-life room escape. Hopefully our faithful readers here at Weekday Escape find the concept just as charming, since it is the central theme to this week's slice of escaping heaven. Yes, the Escape Hotel is back in The Escape Hotel 3, and this time the fun begins before you ever make it to your room.
How hard can it be to escape a hotel lobby, you might ask? Harder than you'd think, especially since you're not escaping to get out, but to get into your room. All you have to do is navigate around the spacious area, figure out your hotel room number, discover how to make the elevator work, and break into a few "employee only" areas. Tesshi-e has packed a lot into this fabulous escape, lots of puzzles, lots of keys, and even returns to that trademark puzzle type that we love so well, construction. But wait, there's more! Escape Hotel 3 relies heavily not only on problem solving skills but observational skills as well, including at least one color puzzle that may bedevil those with impaired eyesight. The game includes the usual bells and whistles of a fantastic control structure, beautiful visuals, tricky puzzles, and of course the alternate "happy coin" ending that is another Tesshi-e trademark.
What is there left to say about Tesshi-e's latest effort? Beautiful? Surely. Logical? Of course. Fun? Do you even have to ask? Harder than usual? Well, there is that. It's nice to see the difficulty level ramped up a bit after the last few mild escapes. Definitely an amusing challenge for the mid-week, one you know you want to accept. Come, let's take a vacation tailor-made for those of us who find pleasure in being locked in small spaces and forced to logic our way out of the situation. You know, like MacGyver, but for couch potatoes who don't happen to carry duct tape wherever they go.