Hot Pot Party
Detarame Factory has invited us to a Hot Pot Party and it doesn't mean what you might think it means. A hot pot is a savory recipe made from various fish, veggies and seasonings. It looks deeee-lish, but before the party can start, you'll have to find the recipe and collect all the necessary ingredients. This is not as simple as the pastel colors and cute characters might lead you to believe—nearly every cupboard and drawer is locked, so you'll have to escape your way through each, using the clues and items you've gathered to help you further along through multiple odd-shaped rooms and whimsical scenes.
Point-and-click to navigate, following the changing cursor to find all active areas. There's a couple spots that are hard to find, so take your time pointing the cursor around every surface until you find them. Puzzles are usually quickly solved after you've found all the clues but there are more than a couple times that lateral thinking is needed and a few puzzle rules feel arbitrary or unintuitive. Without a SAVE function, you'll want to play when you can set aside around 20 minutes to finish. This is a rather meaty escape, with a lot to do and two endings to find. To help out, the designer has added a MEMO function; click on it to open a notebook filled with all the clues you've seen so far. The flaws are more disappointing because there so many creative and fun aspects to this game, you want no downsides to the fun sides. As for fun sides, there are too many to count. If you've enjoyed Detarame Factory's Anision, then you already have an idea what to expect: coyly inventive puzzles and enough charm to knock the pink off a flamingo, a whimsical escape game that is as clever and tricky as it is cute.