Lift For Life
It's oldie time again here at Weekday Escape. Lift For Life is a 1977 rock song by Iggy Pop about... no, wait, that's Lust for Life. Let me try that again.
Lift For Life is an escape game by SuzumeDr, whom you may remember for Triangle a while back. The game takes place in a room with a somewhat athletic theme, as well as an adjustable glass table that's a little too low, a nice TV hooked to a game console, two strange pedestals that seem to react to one another, and a few other fixings. Naturally, you've got some puzzle-solving and some inventory management to do.
The controls are pretty standard: click the edges of the screen to turn, and click objects to zoom in, manipulate, or pick up. Click once to select an object in your inventory for use; click twice to inspect it.
Analysis: SuzumeDr is one of those developers with a special style exemplified in all his/her games, and Lift for Life is a definite demonstration. One of his/her hallmarks is the set of charming sound effects heard throughout the game, some of which could have easily come from a drum set (such as the "dah-tik" of a cabinet door opening).
Another such hallmark is the graphics. There are a number of escape game developers, such as Tomatea and Tesshi-e, who take pride in creating games with pretty, photorealistic images. SuzumeDr isn't one of them; (s)he is quite content with neat polygonal graphics, which work just as well and help you focus on the puzzles. After all, who cares about realism in a room filled with goofy tricks and traps?
The gameplay's a bit trickier than Triangle, but nowhere near unbearable. There's no changing cursor, but the one time you have to click somewhere unintuitive there's a hint for it. One puzzle in particular can be a massive headache, but if you quit and come back to it you can try an easier version of it. What would have to be the game's biggest weakness is the very last puzzle, which is both somewhat unintuitive and colorblind-unfriendly.
Overall, we've got ourselves a splendid escaper that's definitely worth a try to break up your weekday blues, even if it is a few months old. Go out there and get your Lift on! For Life!