Escape from the Similar Rooms 9
Escape from the Similar Rooms 9 continues Hottategoya's minimalist approach to the escape game genre with another triad of logical albeit somewhat simple puzzles centered around one goal: collect three keys to unlock the door and leave the room. Like always, you play by pointing and clicking around the rooms, decoding encountered clues to open a series of boxes wielding the coveted keys. The layout itself is part of the challenge involved, although it's not fully original as an escape-game architectural plan, as anyone who has played through the JIG archives can tell you. Even so, it's a bit of fun for those who don't mind the extra navigational confuddling. Along with Hottategoya's smoothly polished graphics and surreally calm environment, it makes for a very pleasant puzzling respite any time you have 15 minutes to spare.