In the time we've known TomaTea, we've had the opportunity to play many lovely escape games by this developer and have come know Tomatea by the serene House Beautiful settings and pleasingly logical puzzles. In Chess Wroom, we're once again issued an invitation into the entertaining, puzzle-filled lifestyles of the clever and elegant.
Like the game of chess, this neatly-ordered, well-mannered environment hides some swarthy puzzles which are heavy in mathematics. Explore the room by following the glowing cursor to gather up clues, puzzles pieces and other handy objects. The side-bar inventory makes using and combining items easy while you'll want notepaper or a screenshot program to keep track of numerous clues and complete needed calculations. You'll find no unfair trickery or leaps in logic, but you will have to do a lot of back-and-forth and thoughtful deductions.
It's so nice to see how far TomaTea has come since we first played Orient Express Night back at the beginning of 2011. Mechanics and design are well-tuned to work together and provide a superior escape-the-room game. There isn't a single missed beat as you move about, gathering a clue here, solving a code there and opening a door somewhere else. This symmetry makes gameplay a peaceful, relaxing experience even as the chaining of puzzles feels too stuffy and constrained. TomaTea's ability to make theme and mood fit together perfectly is well illustrated in Chess Wroom. Logical puzzles and scenic interior design are always a satisfying mix, even if extra Ws leave us guessing. Let's just say it means "wonderful."