Balcony Escape 2
When it comes to getting stuck in need-to-escape situations, Cogito Ergo Sum's Wan and Nyan can always be counted on to be at it again. Not only that, they do it with so much effusive good cheer and winning personality that it never gets old. No one can fault them for their constant entrapment, either—the absence of opposable thumbs does put one at a disadvantage door-opening wise, especially when doors are insistent on being locked while dogs and cats are prone to forgetting their special skills. Which is why, in Balcony Escape 2, your assistance is needed anew.
You begin on the balcony, helping Nyan solve a few puzzles in order to phone Wan. From there, you'll switch into the house to guide Wan through even more code-breaking fun. Explore each area by using the arrow buttons to turn; click on (or double-click if it's in your inventory) any object you'd like to examine. In some cases, a clue or puzzle is only available after performing certain other steps, so don't give up too soon on something you thought was unattainable. There's no changing cursor to indicate hotspots but the design is simple enough to eschew pixel-hunting. The puzzles are usually easy to figure out, with some clues verging into spoiler territory, yet there's enough variety and discovery to remain interesting while providing a full serving of gameplay.
The scenario in Balcony Escape 2 is typical of what you'd find in the charming pair's other escapades, yet it stands out on its own in two regards. First, although still far from overly difficult, it contains a puzzle that's trickier than most. Cogito Ergo Sum knows it, too, since an additional hint is provided if you choose "Yes" when prompted. Even so, that extra clue won't simply be handed to you then and there; you'll have to do some extra work to get at it. The second notable feature can only be described as Detarou-esque—it seems a little out of place here and will leave you pondering the allusion but it's amusing all the same. As always, the pleasure of escaping with Wan and Nyan is as much about their interactions as solving affable-yet-clever puzzles. Which is another thing Wan and Nyan can always be counted on: leaving you with a smile on your face.