The endless locked doors and wobbly picture frames. Irascible locks on every surface refusing to chime brightly and divulge their secrets. A horde of evil pandas. These will be the denizens of my nightmares someday, the hazards of the JIG escape game studio, as each week I recline in my yellow rocking chair, thick black glasses, and cigar stuck out of the side of my mouth, pre-screening the Weekday Escape hopefuls. It hasn't reached that point yet. Someday, though. Someday. Until then, I can only dream of elevating my escape game nerdiness to such levels of coolness. You can say you knew me when. And how, here's this week's feature: go ahead, stay up late; it could be worth it.
Find the Escape-Men 98: Horse Racing - No1Game's latest 10 hidden green guys games—with its multiple areas to search, two endings, and slightly more complex puzzle construction—falls short of its own spotlight because of a few tiny but enjoyment-stifling missteps in the pacing. It's like when you're watching a pretty good movie and know it could just be better if only they let you step in as director for the day to make a few edits and cuts. As consolation, it gets top billing in this week's WE line-up and is touts approved.
Candy Rooms No.8: Azure Pop - from FunkyLand may be more fanfare than actual substance; but, who cares? The hip décor and bright colors inspire happy thoughts and tapping toes. No time to feel let down that there aren't more things to do in this way cool room, just set your sights on finding the 5 candies and enjoy it while it lasts. Besides, if we were ranking the series, this entry lands on the more complex end of the scale: fun clue presentation and not quite obvious answers give it the thumbs up.
Chicks Hide and Seek 17 - Rounding out our trio comes Yuri with another hide-and-seek-centered escape. It could be subtitled "Adorableness in Space". Eschewing gravity and glumness, this plucky brood of darling chicks employ camouflage, locks and clever item usage to conceal themselves from your gaze. While not exactly easy, it's less a brain teaser and more a round of peekaboo with your cheeky baby nephew, all the entertainment here is in the cuteness. Got to chuckle as I wonder, though, how those baby chicks get themselves into the places they do.
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