From "the room" to "the safe", Andres Calil has released another excellent point-and-click room escape game titled O Cofre (The Safe). Following O Quarto by just a few months, O Cofre uses the same engine with several notable improvements to the design and interface. The visuals are as smooth as ever, and the puzzles a near perfect blend of perplexing and forgiving. O Cofre comes with an extra bonus very few room escape games have: multiple endings!
The usual room escape story forms the basis of O Cofre: you're trapped and must solve puzzles to get out. The game begins where O Quarto left off, though you don't have to play the first game to understand the sequel (but it's highly recommended!). Use the arrows at the bottom of the screen to navigate the room and the mouse to click and examine objects.
The inventory system has been upgraded to make item management a much easier affair. To mix items, simply click the "mix" icon to the right of the screen, then click the two items you want to combine. No more fumbling! And now, whenever a mini-screen covers your view with a close-up of an item or location, moving the cursor outside of the window restores your normal view. Subtle touches that make the game even more playable.
Analysis: O Quarto dug its hooks into me earlier this year with very well-balanced puzzles that offered just enough challenge to keep me interested in solving them. O Cofre pushes the difficulty up a notch or two with more complex mathematical-based puzzles to solve, which may turn some players away.
The atmosphere in O Cofre is decidedly darker as well, with mature-themed language and violence inserted to match the horror atmosphere. We're hoping the next installment in the "O" series will be a little more family-friendly to let more players experience the piece of gaming bliss the series brings.
Room escape games are normally carbon copies of the same formula, but O Cofre breaks the mold right where it counts. Great visuals, excellent puzzles, and loads of replay value with four different endings to uncover.
Note: Several people have noted that this game contains mature themes that may be suitable for persons age 17 or older only. Please use discretion when recommending this game to younger game players.