A few days late, maybe, but never a buck short when it comes to an escape game by TomaTea. Easter Joy has everything you'd expect from a tried-and-tested TomaTea title... the soft colour palette. The soothing music. The house you're never going to be able to resell after all your costly and curiously specific holiday themed puzzles and locks. Just click to navigate and interact, and a little glow at the tip of your cursor will typically let you know when there's something worth clicking. Click the tiny "i" icon that appears when you highlight an item in your inventory to view and manipulate it up close. Like a lot of TomaTea's games, occasionally you'll find yourself presented with something the game will claim you have no idea how to solve, which usually means you haven't "seen" the solution or clue to make said solution yet. You can flip over your desk and yell, "YOU DON'T KNOW ME. YOU DON'T KNOW MY LIFE." Or you can roll up your sleeves, and search high and low and everywhere in between for the clues the game demands you look at first.
Easter Joy is a lot more contained than some of TomaTea's previous escapes, confining you to a relatively small area with a lot of puzzles and codes penning you in. This means, for the most part, that the game follows a fairly strict progression from puzzle to puzzle, which means that annoying "I don't know how to solve this" message actually winds up making the game easier. Every time you find a new clue, you just cycle through the available puzzles until you find the one that no longer tells you you're clueless. You'll still have to figure it out, of course, but knowing where to apply your newfound knowledge by process of elimination makes things considerably easier than an escape game that simply folds its arms and offers no feedback at all. Still, Easter Joy's lovely, calming presentation and satisfying chunk of puzzle locks makes this a more than welcome treat for escape fans. So what if the holiday is already past? I say any day you get to lock yourself inside a tiny room without basic amenities and a bunch of complicated mechanisms is a day you get to celebrate.