Escaping a locked room is a fabulous thing, or at least we think so here at Weekday Escape. Sometimes, though, it can be fun to play an escape game that is not actually an escape. Camel Eye, by HILG, is one of those games, a wacky crime caper in which you play Camel Eye, famous thief, attempting to relieve some rich man of his valuables. Why? Are you trying to help him into heaven? And what's with the nickname Camel Eye, anyway? Who knows and who cares, let's steal some gold!
You begin the game as master thief Camel Eye, looking to steal some gold. There is indeed a locked door that you are trying to get through, but this locked door leads to untold riches, not the great outdoors. Pity the door is protected by so many security measures, including lasers and dolls. Yes, dolls. The security in Camel Eye is set up like it was designed by a schizophrenic Rube Goldberg, with secret doors, mysterious machines, key cards, lasers, and dolls. What, you don't entrust your valuables to your dollies? You will find yourself navigating through a series of rooms, searching for the aforementioned loot with the help of whatever items you happen to find. Open everything, look inside and around everything, be nice to the dolls and perhaps you will come away tons richer.
Camel Eye is available in both English and Japanese. As with all HILG games, simply wait for the opening to finish and you will find three small buttons on the bottom of the screen to the left of a dialogue box. The far left (yellow) button will take you to the system controls where you can switch to English and also, if you choose to, switch on the handy-dandy built-in hint system. The middle button controls sound (when the music loop get annoying) and the right button is a save feature, nice if you want to walk away and come back later. Navigation through the space is pretty easy with the use of directional arrows. Brace yourself for some pixel hunting, though, due to the lack of a changing cursor. Examine items in your inventory by clicking on the button next to the item or click on the item itself to use it.
Camel Eye is one of HILG's denser efforts. There are a lot of items to find and use and a ton of puzzles to crack before you can become a very wealthy person. This is what constitutes a really good room escape: tricky original puzzles, lots of objects to find and use, easy controls, and interesting scenery. Pity about the changing cursor.
So if you feel like bringing out your inner Raffles, or you just like solving tricky room escapes, come and give Camel Eye a try. Fun, tricky, challenging, a good time will be had by all. Besides, who wouldn't like a chance to get rich? Even if it's just a game.