If you're like me, although you do revel in the fun of pitting your mental prowess against the wits of the game creator, you truly love escape-the-room games because they let you travel to interesting locales and stay in beautiful surroundings. Never mind the whole point is to leave such places! Being able to poke around in and explore this pretty, imaginary world is the main draw. That's why it's no surprise that fans of Myst are also avid escape game enthusiasts, always seeking the next fix. So, as far as pretty aesthetics go, Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 9 makes a wonderful first impression. But as you work your way around the room, gathering up clues and items, opening up drawers and cupboards, you'll also be glad to find a number of cleverly enjoyable puzzles to compliment the scene.
Lo.Nyan's instructions are standard for the genre: pop-up arrows at the edge or bottom of the screen (depending on where you can go) will guide your navigation while active areas can be zoomed in on and inventory items picked up with a mere click. There is no changing cursor but nearly every surface is available to explore, and you'll want to look everywhere if you're going to find all the necessary agents of your escape. The "About Item" button is also a required component, as several puzzles can only be completed within your inventory. Outside of the challenge of finding all the hidden items, these puzzles are few yet fun, depending on logic and thinking skills to solve. Also, it's helpful to note that some codes can't be broken until you've viewed all the clues.
Like thorns on roses, not all is perfect. A few prickly flaws mar the pretty surface—pop-up messaging obscures the bottom navigational arrows, even though you can usually still click there to back up; a few active areas are picky about where you need to click, some of the graphics are unpolished, and there is no save button. The latter becomes an issue if you're not patient enough to replay the game to experience both endings. This is partly made up for by the time-saving, user-friendly addition of a camera. Even with these inconsistencies, Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 9 is a welcome addition to the JayIsGames archives of lovely escapes, one I can wholly recommend on its charming setting as well as its clever mind.