So if you were stuck on a tropical island, what three things would you bring with you? Unless you answered, "TomaTea, an escape game, and puzzles", you're not going to be ready for Tropicool! You're stuck inside the world's mellowest beachside property this time, with only a cool pitcher of your favourite iced beverage, some wicker, and a sublimely laid-back guitar riff for company. Presumably you want to go outside, but I don't know why, since there's a giant flaming ball of fire in the sky, bugs in the sand, and other people out there. But if you must, you must, and to get out you'll need to solve a plethora of puzzles and use your noggin to find a way through the locked door. The cursor tip will glow when you're over an area you can click on, and the black bars that pop up at the edges of the screen when you mouse over them can be used to switch directions or perspectives.
With a larger emphasis on puzzle solving than MacGuyvering, Tropicool is the sort of game whose atmosphere and more cerebral challenges invite you to play it while sunk back low in your chair as a fan turns lazily overhead and the music washes over you. You really will need to look everywhere for clues to attempt the cabinet of curiosities, since the game will tell you that you have no idea how to solve something (which seems kind of presumptuous) unless you've viewed something that pertains to that particular puzzle. The many different angles you can view the environment at can mean hunting for a lot of little glowing cursor areas, but the little book of clues you'll pick up early on provides a clever source of hints on how to go about things. If you consult it frequently and pay attention to your environment, however, you'll quickly discover that this little escape gem isn't as baffling as it seems, and you'll be kicked back on the seaside in no time. The perfect puzzling getaway for your day, Tropicool doesn't break the mold or bring in any bells and whistles, but instead just serves up a beautifully designed little escape. And that's a-ok by us.
Thanks to Cyberjar88 for sending this one in!