Exit Not Found
Well, we here at Weekday Escape are still on a whimsy kick, so brace yourself. Exit Not Found is one of those cute, clever little games that, while not difficult, make playing room escapes fun. Created by Cogito Ergo Sum (A Cold Escape), Exit Not Found is a rare entry in the oeuvre, one that does not feature the leaping dog and punching cat found in most of their titles. Instead, you're looking at a classic room escape scenario. Well, as classic as you get from Cogito Ergo Sum.
Exit Not Found is basic room escaping at its most, well, basic. A simply furnished room, four walls, and no obvious way out. Yep, no locked door, because there's no door to be found. Navigate around the space using bars at the sides and bottom of the screen, solve some nifty puzzles, combine a few objects, and then enjoy the great outdoors. Well, presuming you can find that mysterious exit, that is.
Inventory items can be examined using a simple double click, which is nice because there's going to be a lot of combining involved in this amusing little escape. There are some cute logic puzzles, never fear, so it's not all construction. And since there are five different outdoor areas to escape to, the save button is a nice touch. Although it is a Japanese game, text comes in both Japanese and English, so no language barrier worries here.
Analysis: Yes, yes, more whimsy. Sometimes, when you're having a bad case of the mid-week blahs, whimsy is a good thing. Exit Not Found is not very tough, but something fun and involving that will bring a smile to your face as you search for that elusive exit. Artwork is Cogito Ergo Sum's usual flat, cartoony style, just a little more muted than usual. No music this time around (at least, until you escape), although there are sound effects to let you know that something worked.
There's no changing cursor, so yes, pixel hunting ahead. And at least two of the puzzles are color based, so there will be difficulties for those with color blindness. Still, Exit Not Found is an amusing way to kill 5 or 10 minutes, something to take your mind off of schoolwork, lousy weather, or whatever mind-numbing task is occupying you this week. Casual gameplay as mid-week therapy. What are you waiting for, find that exit!