A Long Time Ago riddles were solved at great risk of peril upon failure; one slip-up often meant thousands of deadly beetles pouring down on your head, that is if legends of pyramids and mummies and Indiana Jones movies are to be believed. TomaTea's puzzles pose no such threat to your mortal longevity, which is a relief. Even so, the mental gauntlet in TomaTea's enigmatic escape-the-pyramid game might hold some jeopardy of its own—a horrible face-palm gone wrong disfigurement or a tongue-biting injury? It's possible!
Finding yourself trapped inside the limestone walls of an ancient Egyptian room, click around on all you see, taking detailed notes with your papyrus scroll and mineral paints—or maybe just open Notepad—to work out the solutions. You can view items in your inventory by selecting "i" for more info or utilize an item by highlighting it and clicking where it should be used. If you're uncertain where that is, employ the escaper's tried-and-true "try every item everywhere and with everything" method. TomaTea will tell you when you're not ready to solve a code but is much less expressive than Robamimi who offers plenty of verbose hints. The scarcity of textual directions encourages experimentation although the visual indicators are all present; no puzzle here is without its clues plainly accessible. While a few clues are cleverly inconspicuous and mixed with some misdirection, Long Time Ago is not especially long or arduous, only momentarily tricky.
The glowing cursor also helps, indicating interactive areas although it won't decipher hieroglyphics or tell you where to go next. So, if you do get flustered, think "How would Indy handle this?" instead, putting your deductive reasoning and lateral thinking into full force (if you need extra motivation, have a friend stand behind you making "whoosh whoosh" sounds so you can picture a tribe of angry natives on your tail). What is it with escape game designers playing ancient mind games, anyway? Tell that sphinx to "Bring it!" because your figurative bullwhip is on your hip and you're ready!