Escape from the Room with Framed Pictures
She found an interesting-looking room and contacts you: "Come on over." So you make your way over only to find she's gone off somewhere. What choice do you have now but to find a way to escape on your own? If this scenario sounds exactly like the kind of situation one of Tesshi-e's friends would stick you in, that's because it is. All in good-natured fun, of course! In order to Escape from the Room with Framed Pictures, you can expect your resourcefulness to be tried as usual. Point-and-click your way around the room; grey bars on the edges of the scene indicate where you can move while clicking on certain areas allows you to zoom closer and examine suspicious-looking objects. Although you won't be aided in finding these active spots by the unchanging cursor, Tesshi-e's crisp, photo-realistic visuals eliminate pixel hunts. Instead, all your efforts will go into solving a steady progression of increasingly clever puzzles.
There is a plainness to this room, despite the smattering of decor, that harkens back to Escape from the Room with No Furniture. Here, most of the puzzles revolve around eight framed pictures hung along the walls. Sure, the iconic wobbly picture frame makes a reappearance (you'd miss it if it were gone). Yet Tesshi-e always finds fresh ways to be whimsically playful and is very gregarious to include you, the player, in a cooperative sense so we all feel like friends involved in these shenanigans together—another reason we love Tesshi-e so much! Starting out easy, clue collection and puzzle solving flows very smoothly, with enough brainwork and inventive visuals to keep it entertaining yet relaxing. But, half-way through you'll need to use your inventory in less-than-intuitive ways. Somehow this is to be expected, though, knowing our illustrious game designer, and it all adds to the great fun. Of course, there are two endings to be had, so save your game before walking out the door. There's nothing to disappoint in the Room with Framed Pictures, and it may even be your new favorite escape! "Happy Holidays!"