Lunar Rainbow Room Escape
Some escape games are exercises in pure logic. Some escape games are exercises in hidden object hunting. Some escape games are exercises in being in touch with your inner MacGyver, necessitating the combining of many different items to create something that will enable you to escape. Which type of game is preferred is up to the player, but a nicely balanced game seems to hold all three aspects, logic, hunting, and construction. So for this week we are eschewing atmosphere, back story, and all other extraneous aspects and going back to the basics. Welcome to Lunar Rainbow Room Escape.
Created by Strawberry Cafe, makers of Strawberry Cafe Escape, Lunar Rainbow Room Escape is a simple, basic, fun room escape with no hidden story or agenda. You're in a room, and you want to get out. This can be accomplished by the usual tasks of peeking into every nook and cranny, solving several puzzles, and, yes, putting together found objects to create something else.
Navigation through the space is accomplished with the obligatory arrows on the sides, top, and bottom of the screen. Inventory control is a breeze with the handy "about item" button allowing you to pull up anything you have for a close up. There is, however, no changing cursor so there will be a small amount of pixel hunting. Fortunately the game designers have compensated for this by creating large clickable areas, so you shouldn't have to do much hunting.
As with any Strawberry Cafe game, the visuals are lovely and largely done in shades of pink and red. Nicely done in 3D with appropriate lighting and shadows, Lunar Rainbow Room Escape is a feast for the eyes. Not for the ears, though, as there is no music accompaniment. Sound effects, but no music. A soothing tune would have complemented the atmosphere perfectly.
Analysis: Lunar Rainbow Room Escape is one of those light, frothy, cure the mid-week blahs room escapes that will stretch the brain without breaking it. With its cool, airy graphics and multitude of small and large logic puzzles, this is the very definition of casual gameplay. 20 minutes or less should see the average gamer through to the end.
The game is not without its flaws, of course. Some music would have been nice, and would have added to the relaxed feel. Lunar Rainbow Room Escape leans a little heavily on color-based puzzles, which makes it difficult if not inaccessible for the small percentage of the population that suffer from color-blindness. The "construction" aspect is more complex than usual, which might make it frustrating for those who don't like that sort of thing. And, since this is the English version of a Japanese room escape, there is some awkwardness with the translation.
Nevertheless, don't let the minor flaws put you off what is still fun, relaxing, casual gameplay. Although dark, brooding, atmospheric, scary, or slam-your-head-against-the-desk hard room escapes are always fun, in the middle of the week it's nice to kick back and enjoy something simpler. A nice break from the everyday that won't take up the entire day (or even the entire break, if you're really quick). So sit back, relax, and enjoy a cappuccino of an escape game. With colorful sprinkles!