Escape from the Room with No Furniture
There is a growing trend in room escape games as of late: be minimal, focus on puzzles not decor. The Puritan approach, perhaps? Delving into the essence of a good escape might reveal much more than a few cleverly construed puzzles, but no escape could exist without them. So if we're going to be poking around in starkly furnished, nearly naked rooms, then it's always a welcome sight to see Tesshi-e at the party. As it turns out, an Escape from the Room with No Furniture can be just as full of Mild Escape goodness as any, more dressed-up offering.
Some things never change—because "he" is rearranging his room and has taken out all the furniture, it happened to be the perfect opportunity to revamp it for a new escape. And, of course, you can't resist the challenge. Your first look around the plain walls and floors, though, might not turn up much help. Just a locked door... Hmmm. Do a little more prodding about and soon you'll notice slight visual clues to send you forward with puzzles popping out all over; you'll be unlocking the code to one hidden niche while garnering clues for opening the next. In the usual Tesshi-e fashion, you don't get the added help of a changing cursor yet attention to details and the narrative hints should be all you need to make your way through the exit, even stumbling upon a "Happy Coin" along the way.
If Escape from the Room with No furniture proves anything new, it's not so much that looks can be deceiving; that's already been well established. Instead, although the characteristic Tesshi-e charisma still comes across in every way, from the opening sequence to the congratulatory light meal in the end, a significant part of Tesshi-e's charm comes from the kitschy furnishings and quirky interior decor. When they're gone, the result is a little less fun. The dull scenery just seems a bit... sad. There are a few other minor changes that are not really improvements as much as they're just different. Different is okay sometimes, yet you know how it is when your friend gets a new hair style and it just doesn't quite look like her? It takes some getting used to. But getting away from the trivial complaints, there is one puzzle/task in particular that was not handled as well as you'd expect from this designer so I'll leave you with this: if you think you know the solution to something, but it doesn't quite work, try it from a different perspective. Or maybe it's just me? Regardless of any nitpicking, Escape from the Room with No Furniture continues the trend of whimsically amusing romps we've come to count on from Tesshi-e, even without the fancy get ups.