Button, button, who's got the button?... well, apparently Yonashi does, because the escape game Ice Room is full of them. Coloured buttons. Twin buttons. Round buttons. Start buttons. Square buttons! Oh, and there's a polar bear, too. To play, just click to interact when the cursor changes, and click an item in your inventory to either highlight it for use, or to view it close up with the "about item" function. There are actually only a handful of things for you to pick up and use, and with a small, contained space, the emphasis here is on examining your environment for clues. Unlike, say, TomaTea games, you're not going to get any feedback as to whether you've seen a solution for a puzzle, and some of the solutions are, um, innovative, to put it mildly. Just experiment, pay attention to your surroundings... and maybe turn your volume down a bit, because that machinery is startling.
While parts of Ice Room are tricky, it's hard to say if it isn't just because sometimes what items are isn't exactly clear. There's very little feedback, and even less guidance, so getting stuck is more frustrating than in other escape games that might nudge you a little. Most of the puzzles come down to perspective, and once you realize what you're supposed to be doing, are actually fairly clever. It's on the short side, and it's both cute and weird in equal measure, so enjoy it for a refreshing little bit of escapery. It even comes with fireworks and a tasty treat, which should help take the sting out of the crick in your neck.