Funkyland is one of those developers who you can always count on to deliver a short, clever escape game all packaged up in cute and lavish visuals, and Alice House 2 No.01: Looking Glass House is no different. You need to find five "white kings" before you can get out, but you're not looking for powdered Caucasian dudes in mile-high wigs and stockings hiding under the furniture. Instead, watch for images bearing royal pictures, though many of them will be hidden behind locks you'll have to puzzle out. Looking Glass House recaptures some of the whimsy of design from the original series, albeit in a more subtle fashion. Where next will Funkyland lead us into Wonderland? Wherever it is, it'll be weird... but stylish!
So you've been kidnapped by robot aliens. Hey, it happens to everyone now and again! The important thing is to figure a way out in Sunarsoft's cute point-and-click puzzle game Luka & Lara: Robo Abduction, where you need to find and click on things in the correct order to make a pathway for our little abductee to safely move across. You'll also eventually get an inventory to use items from. Some things you can click on are just red herrings and don't do anything, so try out everything to see what works, though be careful... some things can harm you! Despite that, Luka & Lara: Robo Abduction still isn't particularly difficult, or very long, so it winds up feeling aimed more at kids than anything else. Levels do get more complex, though sadly you never do get to play as Lara despite what you may have expected based on the title screen, and the ending feels rushed. Still, Luka & Lara: Robo Abduction is cute, silly, and snack-sized, exactly how you occasionally want your games to be, and hopefully future installments will be a bit beefier.
Happy September, escape amigos! It's my pleasure to tell you that from here on out, every edition of Weekday Escape will be pumpkin spice flavoured. Just really, you know, luxuriate in it. Let it seem into your pores. Buy some pumpkin spice flavoured bacon. Wear pumpkin spice scented deodorant. Think pumpkin spice thoughts. Where are you going, pumpkin spice hivemate? Neither Vitamin Hana, nor Rukonohako or no1game can save you. ONE OF US. ONE OF US.
You blacked out while hiking and woke up in a lab-slash-prison of some sort, and those men guarding the exit probably won't let you by peacefully. As the introductions of Gatamari escapes go, this isn't one of the more elaborate ones, but it certainly serves the purpose of setting up Gatamari Escape 25. The song and dance is a familiar one: click the direction arrows to move around, click on things to examine and interact with them, solve puzzles and crack codes, and hope you'll see the light of day at the end. If you get stuck, use the handy save feature and come back later. Oh, but don't worry: just because the dialogue and descriptions are in Japanese doesn't mean you'll need to learn the language to make any progress. Gatamari is good about that.
It's Wednesday, and you know what that means! Fish tacos, ladies, gentles, and assorted other gentlefolk! Aw, yeah. First you get yourself some canola oil or whatever, and you heat that up. Then you slice up some tilapia (it's cheap!), lightly dredge it in flour seasoned with garlic salt, pepper, onion power, and sweet paprika. Then you fry it in the hot oil for, eh, say seven minutes or so, drop it in the tortilla-thinger of your choice, and garnish it with toppings! I recommend spicy mayo, lettuce, and maybe some cheddar cheese. ... oh, very well. And I guess you could also play some free online escape games while you eat them. Are you happy now, you savages?! Did you get what you came for? I only wanted to try to make you dinner, but you didn't appreciate it, did you? No, don't talk to me. It's too late. Go hang out with Primera, no1game, and Esklavos, since they're not sharing recipes.
I thought we'd all agreed by now (and by "we" I mean "every piece of pop culture under the sun") that exploring ancient tombs is a bad idea. Too bad Carmel Games' heroine didn't get the message, because in Katja's Escape: The Pharaoh's Tomb, the titular intrepid explorer is now trapped inside the dark ruins, and to escape, WE NEED TO GO DEEPER... sorry. To play, just click on things to interact when the cursor changes colour or shape, and pay close attention to your surroundings for clues or secret mechanisms, of which the place is lousy with. Katja's Escape: The Pharaoh's Tomb is still on the really short side, best for players who have literally five minutes or so to spare, but its handful of puzzles are all pleasantly logical without being particularly demanding. Personally, if I were going to go to the trouble of booby-trapping my resting place to keep people out, I wouldn't leave ciphers and deactivation items strewn around... nah, just a good ol' boulder for head crushing balanced above the entryway, but I guess I'm just a purist.
You guys. You guys. We're only four months away from Christmas, which means that whether you celebrate it or not, you have, oh, about two weeks before all the stores start playing the music nonstop. Time flies! It's a crushing realization. So why not ignore the passing of your own mortality and play some free escape games with Weekday Escape? This week! Vitamin Hana has heard you've been getting out of their escapes easy, so they're taking drastic measures. Self Defiant presents a terrifying dystopian future where naps are apparently illegal, which is way scarier than some chick with a bow. And Esklavos wants you to just, like, chillllll, man, with the birds and the bees for a while.
Hey there, friend. Feeling a little overburdened from your day? Life, or just gravity, weighing you down? Then it sounds like you need the dulcet tones and soothing pastel atmosphere of a TomaTea escape game to pick you up... and, why, here's one right now! Blossom Time is all pink hues and meditative (though oddly melancholic) piano music as you explore your surroundings and try to find a way out... which, naturally, involves solving a whole lot of puzzles. To do so, just click on the transparent bars that appear when your cursor passes over the edges of the screen to move around the room, and also watch the tip of your cursor in case it lights up to show you something that can be interacted with. Click the little "i" that appears when you mouse over an item you're carrying to view it up close for more information. As usual for a TomaTea title, if you click on a coded lock or puzzle and get the message "I have no clue how to solve this!", it means you haven't yet viewed the relevant hint hidden in the room, so give your surroundings another scour before tackling it again.
Funkyland serves up another sweet escape game Fruit Kitchens No. 25: Melon Green, where, should you wish to leave the cheery green scene, you'll need to find the seven melons hidden throughout the room. Presumably before the music and setting makes you put on an apron and some sixties hairdo and spin around the room like a maniac. Some of the fruits will just be sitting out for the taking, but others are hidden behind puzzles and locks, so make sure you click everywhere to find them! As you'd expect from Funkyland, Melon Green is bright and happy, with a fantastic whimsical design, though perhaps a little easier than some others in the series. So get to hunting those melons up, because it's the only way you're ever going to escape to some better fruit!... what? Melons are lame!
Warm, soft pastel colours. Detailed, cute, cartoony environments. Piles and piles of puzzles. Yep, it's gotta be a Yonashi escape game! In Kitchen in Summer, you're locked cozy but busy little kitchen, full of rattling pots and half-started mise en place, not to mention a fair amount of culinary implements scattered hither and thither. To play, just use the transparent bars that appear when you mouse over the left and right sides of the screen to move around the kitchen, and click on things to zoom in or interact with them. Don't forget to examine items you're carrying up close by clicking the little magnifying glass icon, because you never know if you'll be able to manipulate them into something new or reveal a clue. Kitchen in Summer is very heavy on locks with codes to be deciphered, and you'll spend a lot of your time first scouring the room for the clues you need to do so, then figuring out how to implement them. There's a mild whiff of "adventure game logic" going on, with some items not being able to accomplish tasks that they should, and cracking puzzle solutions can mean some convoluted thinking... though it's just as possible to over think a few of them, too. But while Kitchen in Summer still isn't the longest or most complicated escape game around, it's still extremely clever and creative, working with its setting and theme to deliver some satisfyingly smart puzzles you'll need to think your way through. Yonashi knows how to make games that are cute but no slouch in the difficulty department, either, making Kitchen in Summer a very welcome escape for your time.
As you read this, cherished reader, I'm sleeping off a Weird Al concert. But don't think of me facedown on my hotel room pillow, snoring inelegantly, covered in confetti, accordions, and cheese sandwiches. Think of me instead as bravely slaving away, scouring the internet tirelessly, working hard to bring you your Weekday Escape... or at least, as hard work as writing smarmy comments about someone else's hard work can be. This week! Vitamin Hana has a problem with keeping track of their airplanes and you need to sort it out. Funkyland's hair is a mess and nobody is going anywhere until we fix it. And Andersam's second-ever game is just you, a few boxes, a locked door, and a key right in front of you... or is it?!
Hands up those of you who would love to take a vacation in an "Escape Hotel", especially one designed by Tesshi-e? Well, as luck would have it, that's exactly the premise of The Happy Escape 9, and if you can find all the coins hidden around the room, well, who knows what wonderful things might happen? To play, after first switching the language to English on the main menu unless you can read Japanese, just click to move around the room, use items, or zoom in on things... don't forget to be diligent, since no changing cursor means you'll want to click everywhere so you don't miss something you can interact with! Oh, and whatever you do, no matter how relaxing everything is, and how comfy that bed looks, do not lay down and go to sleep... we've got Happy Coins to find!
Congratulations! You survived another week. Or... maybe you didn't? In which case, still congratulations! Your dedication to escape games has caused you to rise from your tomb like an unholy abomination that must sustain itself on locked doors and puzzles, and that's still pretty rad! Regardless, celebrate another week gone by with your one and only Weekday Escape. This week! MayMay makes you serve up something sweet before you can leave. no1game would like you to take care of these repairs, please and thank you. And Zigurous knows what you like, little darlin', and that's 30 locked doors.
Also free for Android and iOS, Pine Studio's Vineyard Escape traps you inside a work room that would be perfectly pleasant if not for all that glorious sunlight and those rolling hills you can see outside. I mean, sure, you've got tools and a wine press lying around, so you could do some actual work, but... outsiiiiiiiiiiiiide. And hey, who says opening the door is your only objective... ? Click around to interact with things, keeping an eye out for a changing cursor and a pop up text, and click items at the bottom of the screen in your inventory as you gather them, to use or combine with one another. The fist in your inventory doesn't actually represent some heinous murder trophy you've been locked away for, it's used for "force", so try it on things you think might need a little muscle to get by. Vineyard Escape might be one of Pine Studio's loveliest games, with lovely golden light pouring in the windows and a warm, cozy design, though the soundtrack is a little too obnoxiously loud and "regal" for the setting. Like a lot of games from Pine Studio, you may find yourself occasionally butting up against odd logical leaps, if only because some of the ways you need to use or combine items aren't going to be your instinctive reaction, and there really should be a way to reset one or two of the puzzles back to their original state. Still, though it isn't a particularly long game, it's definitely a pleasant and relaxing one, making Vineyard Escape a beautiful, sunlit break no matter where you are.
no1game's little green men lead such interesting, active lives! Sure, sometimes they're just getting their driver's licenses renewed, or squeezing onto a train, but then you've also got the time they were trapped outside their bodies, or went to a baseball game. In Find the Escape-Men 160: Swimming Pool, as you might guess, they're going swimming, and you'll need to find all ten green men before you can escape. I mean, not for long... you do work at the local pool, after all, so you're going to be back dealing with more trouble-makers before you know it, but hey, let's just try to get through the day. Click around to hunt for things to interact with... or, in this case, to find new areas to move to, since this game can be particularly obnoxious about hiding new perspectives and areas in places you'll just have to click about until you stumble across. Find the Escape-Men 160 is definitely more silly than not, with puzzles that require thinking outside the box, or just creatively messing with things. While this means that players who crave, say, the cunning logic of a Tesshi-e game may find this one a little too clicky and weird, those of us who are looking for a fun and whimsically odd way to escape from the heat ourselves will find it worth a dip in.