TeraLumina has looked deep into your minds and hearts and knows that you harbor secret cravings for riches, for mountains of gems to make you feel all dazzling and adorned. Knowing you would, if tempted with an open door as you're strolling along a lush tropical beach, step directly into the room without waiting on such formalities as invitations or trespass laws only to find yourself trapped, TeraLumina has bestowed upon you an escape game to indulge your every jewel obsessed whim: Emerald Den Escape.
Navigation in Emerald Den Escape is pretty standard; click on the sides or bottom of the game screen to turn or back up (an arrow in a grey bar indicates which is possible), and scan the scene with your cursor looking for interactive areas, clues, useful objects and twenty emeralds to collect (the cursor changes into a pointing finger in these places) via a simple click. While not all emeralds or objects are essential to escape, if you ever want to see the lovely white sands and deep blue ocean of your palm shrouded beach again, you'll have to crack the codes on the exit lock. Yes, codes, plural.
This isn't a quick, simple task. You won't be let off easy; the quest to find all four exit codes requires time and concentration. Several puzzles take on mini-game dimensions and you would be hard-pressed to complete Emerald Den Escape without paper and pencil handy to jot down notes. One puzzle in particular will have you checking and rechecking your clues. Those with diminished color vision may have particular trouble. Not only will your lateral thinking, deductive reasoning and math skills be challenged, but so will your ability to sort out heaps of information belonging to multiple puzzles. To the uninitiated, this could seem like torture. But, for those of us who treasure our escape games, it's a sublime experience: four walls all lavishly decked out with puzzles and hints and goodies to explore!
After indulging you in sapphires, rubies and diamonds for the mere effort of putting together a few clues in previous games, TeraLumina has pulled out all stops to make this his finest, and most challenging, escaper's endeavor to date—a shining example of what makes this genre so enjoyable. With its gorgeous graphics, thinky puzzles and cohesive gameplay, it's safe to say Emerald Den Escape shines amongst the best of them.