Alice House No.2: The Pool of Tears
Down, down, down the rabbit hole Alice went after the white rabbit, never thinking about how she'd get back out. Now the frustrations of a morning that has not been very accommodating to young ladies who chase bunnies and fall a long ways lie in a large puddle, and here we are likewise trapped in this very stately, and quite strange, hallway. So comes your next curious assignment in Alice House No.2: The Pool of Tears from the ever whimsical Funky Land—find five dodoes and unlock the door so you can escape. The dodoes appear in a variety of forms: pictures, silhouettes, and...other things, some in the open, some needing to be unlocked by a code or item. To navigate, point and click on an area you'd like to view more closely; when you can back up, a grey bar will appear at the bottom of the scene as you hover your cursor there. It is a good thing to keep in mind, especially as you'll need to back up to swing open certain cabinet doors, otherwise there is no changing cursor or directional arrows to aid your explorations.
Perhaps the first episode was a bit more..."muchier." But the series hasn't lost its "muchness" in No.2, although the puzzles tend to be simplistic. This is because the gist of the gameplay—and any challenge to be had in succeeding—is in the finding much more than in the solving. Which is very okay indeed, considering the very lovely environment we get to explore and how well the puzzle presentation fits with the overall theme of this room. Already it's easy to see, when taken as a whole (when we can go back and play all the episodes in a marathon of whimsy), there could be hardly a complaint about this series being substantial. This time around it might be slight, but it's just as delightful.