When it comes to cats and dogs, people tend to be split on which one rules and which one drools, but Cogito Ergo Sum's Nyan and Wan rise above such conflicts to star in a series of adorable room escape games together. In this latest, Porch Escape 3, Nyan forgets that porches are malicious and not to be trusted and wanders out on one again with the dynamic duo's new smartphone, only to be locked out with no reception to contact Wan for rescue. While it might be tempting to leave a bunch of giggling, snorting comments about Droid vs iOS, that really isn't going to help Nyan, and your skills might be better suited for clicking around to find a way out. Be part of the solution, man, not part of the problem!
With no changing cursor to denote hotspots, you'd expect to find a lot of pixel-hunting here, but like all Nyan and Wan titles, Porch Escape 3 is remarkably cleanly designed. Places to interact with are usually fairly obvious, and clues are never obscure or unreasonable. While there are more difficult or complex escape games out there, Cogito Ergo Sum is always dependable for accessible, enjoyable titles with a lot of charm. It's hard not to smile at the cutscenes, and dividing the escape up into two short chapters for the series' two heroes is a nice touch... especially given that most escape titles are more than happy to make you stare at four walls until you go insane and a new supervillain with a perplexing tendency for overly elaborate, tiny traps is born. (Do you think Batman would even get out of bed for that?) There are three endings to find with varying degrees of difficulty to them, so stretch out your genius muscle and help Nyan and Wan reunite!