Balcony Escape


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Weekday Escape

elleHere on JIG Street, we live by a different set of rules. Even so, the Weekday Escape house is the kind of place that the neighbors whisper about: "Did you know they made me solve a riddle before they'd let me use their bathroom?" "Seriously? Like, who does that?" Our kids play with Russian nesting dolls and regularly hide the TV remote behind wobbly pictures just for laughs. Here, our family pets are Nyan and Wan, the mischievous feline-canine duo in Cogito Ergo Sum's winsome escape adventures in which Nyan always manages to get locked outside. But where did it all begin? To find out, let's go back a bit to Balcony Escape.

Balcony EscapeIn characteristic Cogito Ergo Sum style, Balcony Escape begins with a short movie of Nyan sneaking out for a bite of cat grass, all too oblivious to our warnings (we already know the outcome, after all). Now trapped outside, she needs to contact Wan who, despite no opposable thumbs, will attempt to unlock and open the door. Just like in Balcony Escape 3, you'll need to search about for useful objects and clues to codes: click to grab, double-click to examine. Likewise, each has to relearn their special abilities, only once you find their respective skill books.

Even without a changing cursor, pixel hunts are rare because of a well-designed interface and clean graphics. Additionally, for such a light-hearted and whimsical game, Balcony Escape is great at scaffolding a plethora of puzzles—you'll employ logic, math, spatial reasoning and anagram rearrangement to get that door open. It's just enough to tickle your brain without outright baffling your senses. There's Japanese characters in a few instances, but they have no bearing on puzzle solving and the rest of the story is aptly translated to English. Since it's a short game, you'll be more likely to use the "save" function to test out both endings than to take a needed breather.

The puzzle solving is fun, but the best reason to play a Nyan and Wan game is to take in the cheerful story and fill up on good humor. Nyan and Wan's expressive personalities bubble out of the game and into our hearts, leaving us all warm and full of "Awww," feeling like a happy community family. You need to borrow a cup of sugar? Of course! Just let me decipher this color code to open the cupboard and....

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Walkthrough Guide


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Balcony Escape Walkthrough

Nyan (Cat)

  1. Examine between the planters.

  2. Collect the handkerchief behind the left planter.

  3. Examine it and notice that it's dirty. You'll need to clean it.

  4. Back up and turn left.

  5. Move the potted plant and make note of the clue.

  6. Turn right twice, then use the handkerchief on the watering can.

  7. Make note of the letters that pop up.

  8. Examine the pink box, then apply the clue to the revealed letters on the handkerchief.

  9. Enter the code you get.

  10. 7138

  11. Collect the skill book and open it.

  12. Back up and turn right to face the glass door.

  13. Use the skill (Nyan face) on the glass door and click 'yes'.

Wan (Dog)

Opening the Blue Box

  1. Examine the pinboard and make note of the order of events for the left poster.

  2. Now examine the right poster, which has a picture of a clock on the front, by clicking the lower right corner.

  3. Make note of the fact that some of the letters within the sentences are uppercase.

  4. Back up and examine the blue box on the right.

  5. Make note of the numbers (and letter) on the bottom, especially the spacing.

  6. Now click the lid to solve the puzzle.

    • Notice the phrase above the code. Where have you seen a similar set of symbols?

    • Also note the letters below each number on the code.

    • The phrase above corresponds directly to the numbers on the front of the box, so match them up, then find the numbers that go with the letters below the code.

    5624

  7. Collect the clicker, then back up.

Turning on the TV

  1. Turn right and examine the green clock.

  2. Click the right edge to view the back. Where have you seen a clue about a clock?

    • If you need, go back to the pinboard and turn over the right poster.

    • Now do the odd capitol letters make sense?

    • Count the capitol letters (including at the beginning of the sentences) that correspond to Hour, Minute and Second.

  3. Now click each of the buttons the correct number of times to get the bottom to open.

  4. H-4, M-2, S-3, Set

  5. Collect the batteries.

  6. Examine the clicker (from the blue box under the pinboard) and click the bottom to flip it.

  7. Remove the cover, then use the batteries on it and replace the cover.

  8. Use the clicker on the tv and make note of the clue.

Opening the TV Cabinet

  1. Examine the lower left cabinet and enter the correct code (from the tv).

  2. Empty circle, empty circle, empty triangle, empty square

  3. Hit the upper right button to open the door and collect the skill from the skill book.

  4. Make note of the new clue on the tv by unscrambling the letters.

Opening the Blue Toolbox

  1. Use the skill on the red ring above (from the TV cabinet).

  2. Collect the question card and click the arrow to flip it over.

  3. Make note of the clue by unscrambling the letters and finding the corresponding object on the other side.

  4. Turn back left and examine the toolbox.

  5. Examine the question card.

  6. Make note of the clue by finding the letters that correspond to the set of colors.

  7. Enter the color code from the three clues given to you.

  8. Color:# of clicks - white:1, green:4, blue:6

  9. Hit OK and collect the screwdriver.

  10. Back up, then turn right.

Solving the Metal Panel

  1. Make note of the new clue on the tv.

  2. Turn right again, then examine the lower metal panel and use the screwdriver (from the blue toolbox).

  3. Enter the color code from the tv.

  4. Color:Position - red:lefthand middle row, yellow:lefthand bottom row, blue:middle of bottom row, black:lefthand top row

  5. Click Set and collect the smartcard.

  6. Flip the card over and make note of the word.

  7. Back up and turn right to face the couch and table, then examine the laptop.

Getting into the Laptop

  1. Hover your mouse over the orange question mark to receive a clue for the password.

    • Notice that it's (mostly) a grid of the alphabet.

    • Some of the letters have been replaced by numbers.

    • Turn the numbers into letters in the correct order.

  2. Enter the ID from the smartcard and the PASS from the question mark clue.

  3. ID:dad, PASS:family

  4. Hit enter, then click the film to receive a clue to the alarm code.

    • The shapes should look familiar.

    • Maybe they're oriented differently?

    • Tilt your head left and read the words to receive the code.

  5. Click the house and enter the alarm code from the film clue.

  6. 7965

  7. Hit enter, then back up.

End Game

  1. Turn right and examine the card reader in the middle of the sliding glass doors.

  2. Use the smartcard (from the metal panel) to unlock the door.

  3. Click open to save Nyan and enjoy the Normal Ending! Congratulations!!!

Happy Ending

  1. Instead of opening the sliding glass door after unlocking it, turn right.

  2. Make note of the color clue on the tv.

  3. Turn right again and examine the metal panel.

  4. Enter the code from the tv.

  5. Color:Position - white:righthand top row, yellow:lefthand bottom row, cyan:righthand bottom row, green:righthand middle row, purple:middle of middle row, red:lefthand of middle row, blue:middle of bottom row

  6. Click Set, then collect the hot pack and its case.

  7. Examine the hot pack case and use the hot pack on it.

  8. Back up, turn left twice and open the door to save Nyan. Congratulations, it's the Happy Ending!!!

13 Comments

joulsauron Author Profile Page April 25, 2012 3:48 AM

Out, both endings :D

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Ok, I'm stuck. Any hints for the number-code on the blue box?

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For the number code on the blue box:

Look at spacing of the numbers

Anything else spaced that way?

Specifically letters?

Box Pass Number

Still Stuck?

Correspond the letters of "box pass number" with the numbers written on the box.

That will give you the code.

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Thank you very much

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Grammar Nazi told me you spelled 'escape' wrong in the first paragraph. Then I told him that was more to do with spelling than grammar and he should change his name. Then he slapped me with a kipper for being insolent. Then I poked him in the eye with a duck. Then we jelly wrestled before forgetting what we were even arguing about.

PS. Too much coffee make brain all melty. Sleep is for the weeeaaaakkkkzzzzzzzzzz....

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xxiloveroomescapexx Author Profile Page April 25, 2012 5:54 AM

Can anyone help me with the blue box next to the number box? I can't figure out question 3.

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I feel I've made the world a better place now. And yes I read your review. I always read the entertaining reviews. I skip past the boring ones by writers who think they're funny but try a little too hard and really just want my approval and cry into soup on weekends. I won't name them, but you know who they are. You and Dora give them knowing looks around the magical JIG office. Watch them standing around the water cooler, looking forlorn while GrinnyP offers them a cup of Campbell's 'creamy mushroom and regret' out of pity.

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joulsauron Author Profile Page April 25, 2012 6:54 AM

xxiloveroomescapexx

For question 3,

You found where is the hint, right?

behind the box

You will see 4 different colours and below a sentence. The letters of the sentence are coloured.

Notice something in the sentence?

Each letter has each own colour. Maybe it has to do with the four colours in the middle.

Not yet? Try matching each colour to a letter.

You should form the name of a colour

If you still can't figure out the name of the color:


BLUE

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Cleaning the handkerchief gave me the word

BEIL

which is German for

hatchet

so I hoped you would find one to "open" the window :P

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Balcony Escape Walkthrough

Nyan (Cat)

  1. Examine between the planters.

  2. Collect the handkerchief behind the left planter.

  3. Examine it and notice that it's dirty. You'll need to clean it.

  4. Back up and turn left.

  5. Move the potted plant and make note of the clue.

  6. Turn right twice, then use the handkerchief on the watering can.

  7. Make note of the letters that pop up.

  8. Examine the pink box, then apply the clue to the revealed letters on the handkerchief.

  9. Enter the code you get.

  10. 7138

  11. Collect the skill book and open it.

  12. Back up and turn right to face the glass door.

  13. Use the skill (Nyan face) on the glass door and click 'yes'.

Wan (Dog)

Opening the Blue Box

  1. Examine the pinboard and make note of the order of events for the left poster.

  2. Now examine the right poster, which has a picture of a clock on the front, by clicking the lower right corner.

  3. Make note of the fact that some of the letters within the sentences are uppercase.

  4. Back up and examine the blue box on the right.

  5. Make note of the numbers (and letter) on the bottom, especially the spacing.

  6. Now click the lid to solve the puzzle.

    • Notice the phrase above the code. Where have you seen a similar set of symbols?

    • Also note the letters below each number on the code.

    • The phrase above corresponds directly to the numbers on the front of the box, so match them up, then find the numbers that go with the letters below the code.

    5624

  7. Collect the clicker, then back up.

Turning on the TV

  1. Turn right and examine the green clock.

  2. Click the right edge to view the back. Where have you seen a clue about a clock?

    • If you need, go back to the pinboard and turn over the right poster.

    • Now do the odd capitol letters make sense?

    • Count the capitol letters (including at the beginning of the sentences) that correspond to Hour, Minute and Second.

  3. Now click each of the buttons the correct number of times to get the bottom to open.

  4. H-4, M-2, S-3, Set

  5. Collect the batteries.

  6. Examine the clicker (from the blue box under the pinboard) and click the bottom to flip it.

  7. Remove the cover, then use the batteries on it and replace the cover.

  8. Use the clicker on the tv and make note of the clue.

Opening the TV Cabinet

  1. Examine the lower left cabinet and enter the correct code (from the tv).

  2. Empty circle, empty circle, empty triangle, empty square

  3. Hit the upper right button to open the door and collect the skill from the skill book.

  4. Make note of the new clue on the tv by unscrambling the letters.

Opening the Blue Toolbox

  1. Use the skill on the red ring above (from the TV cabinet).

  2. Collect the question card and click the arrow to flip it over.

  3. Make note of the clue by unscrambling the letters and finding the corresponding object on the other side.

  4. Turn back left and examine the toolbox.

  5. Examine the question card.

  6. Make note of the clue by finding the letters that correspond to the set of colors.

  7. Enter the color code from the three clues given to you.

  8. Color:# of clicks - white:1, green:4, blue:6

  9. Hit OK and collect the screwdriver.

  10. Back up, then turn right.

Solving the Metal Panel

  1. Make note of the new clue on the tv.

  2. Turn right again, then examine the lower metal panel and use the screwdriver (from the blue toolbox).

  3. Enter the color code from the tv.

  4. Color:Position - red:lefthand middle row, yellow:lefthand bottom row, blue:middle of bottom row, black:lefthand top row

  5. Click Set and collect the smartcard.

  6. Flip the card over and make note of the word.

  7. Back up and turn right to face the couch and table, then examine the laptop.

Getting into the Laptop

  1. Hover your mouse over the orange question mark to receive a clue for the password.

    • Notice that it's (mostly) a grid of the alphabet.

    • Some of the letters have been replaced by numbers.

    • Turn the numbers into letters in the correct order.

  2. Enter the ID from the smartcard and the PASS from the question mark clue.

  3. ID:dad, PASS:family

  4. Hit enter, then click the film to receive a clue to the alarm code.

    • The shapes should look familiar.

    • Maybe they're oriented differently?

    • Tilt your head left and read the words to receive the code.

  5. Click the house and enter the alarm code from the film clue.

  6. 7965

  7. Hit enter, then back up.

End Game

  1. Turn right and examine the card reader in the middle of the sliding glass doors.

  2. Use the smartcard (from the metal panel) to unlock the door.

  3. Click open to save Nyan and enjoy the Normal Ending! Congratulations!!!

Happy Ending

  1. Instead of opening the sliding glass door after unlocking it, turn right.

  2. Make note of the color clue on the tv.

  3. Turn right again and examine the metal panel.

  4. Enter the code from the tv.

  5. Color:Position - white:righthand top row, yellow:lefthand bottom row, cyan:righthand bottom row, green:righthand middle row, purple:middle of middle row, red:lefthand of middle row, blue:middle of bottom row

  6. Click Set, then collect the hot pack and its case.

  7. Examine the hot pack case and use the hot pack on it.

  8. Back up, turn left twice and open the door to save Nyan. Congratulations, it's the Happy Ending!!!

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I managed to finish this game to the happy end with no hints, and I am not very good at these games, so there is hope for everyone.

There is not a piece of this game that is not sweet. I want a hug now.

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