Escape from Dr. Ichie's Factory
It's another blast from the past with this week's Weekday Escape. It's an oldie from our old friend Bianco-Bianco by the name of Escape from Dr. Ichie's Factory, another gem in the Dr. Ichie series (you may remember the Room and the Café).
The story's a familiar one: you wake up in the middle of an odd factory building, and you find a note from the culprit, Dr. Ichie, telling you that you have to solve some puzzles to escape from it. Well, Doc, we eat rooms like yours for breakfast every Wednesday. Pity this area isn't as comfortable as the other two.
Navigation is a simple affair. To turn, move the mouse cursor to the edge of the screen, and when it turns green, click. To use items, click them once to select them, then show the game what you want to use them on. To examine them, double-click. And, of course, you know the rest.
Analysis: We all know what Bianco-Bianco does best, and they do it again. Everything we know them for is here: puzzles that make sense without being too obvious, photorealistic graphics (and a nice panning system from screen to screen), a little pixel-hunting (but not a lot), and (*sigh*) no soundtrack whatsoever. I know some games are over-the-top with it, but I wouldn't have minded at least a *ping* when you picked up an item.
Nevertheless, the Factory is such a well-designed piece of work that it's definitely worth a play.