If there's a better way to brighten your day than a TomaTea escape game, I don't know what it is. Some people might tell you the sound of a child's laughter would do the same thing, but personally I'd rather have the unexpected joy of finding an extra Jolly Rancher in my jacket pocket. Speaking of ankle-biters, Smile Escape takes place in a playroom, and let's face it... there's only so much time you can spend stacking rubber rings and driving a toy car around while making brrrrrrrmmmm noises, so it's time to find a way out. Just click to interact with things, using the glow at the tip of the cursor as a guide to find things you can use or take a closer look at, and hover over inventory items to get a closer look at them by clicking the little "i" that appears. Like most TomaTea games, solving puzzles means finding clues to their solutions, so if the message "I have no clue how to solve this!" appears when you're examining something, you know you haven't yet spotted something crucial. I mean, you couldn't just experiment or try to figure it out on your own, after all... this is a game, and games are serious business!
If you're like me, Smile Escape's sleepy lullaby soundtrack will have you scrambling for the mute button under the game menu after just a few repetitions, but that's a minor complaint all told. Smile Escape actually focuses more on puzzles than using items to make progress, with a lot of the puzzles holding clues to the next rather than something for your inventory. Based on the room and decoration it seems like the sort of place you'd put a toddler so they didn't chew the wires or scratch the furniture or whatever it is babies do, and it seems to me like you're asking a lot of someone who can't go to the bathroom on their own when they have to solve complex grid puzzles just to open cabinets. It actually offers a nice progression in difficulty, a balance between simply being enough aware of your environment to spot hidden solutions, and having to crack codes. It's definitely a lot more devious than it may appear despite its cuddly style, and hopefully you're familiar with a certain of visual logic puzzle to know it when you see it. Smile Escape is just challenging enough to kick your brain into gear so you'll be raring to go for the day... providing the soundtrack doesn't have you down for a nap.