Amidst a sea of room escape games that have flooded the Web of late, only a few seem to rise above the tide by offering a truly exceptional interactive experience. This next one is one of those rare titles, and yet it is of the most difficult I have seen.
The oddly named OUT file#01 is a classic Flash point-and-click room escape game, and it features all the usual suspects: locked doors, missing keys, pieces of paper with clues, and secret compartments galore. Your job, of course, is to escape by unlocking the mystery within the room that holds you captive.
Items found will appear in your inventory. Click on an item to use it within the room, or to combine with another item. Click the "item info" button to get a closer look. As you explore there may seem to be a puzzle at every turn and no clue in sight to help solve it. Keep hunting and examining and you will discover the secrets that await you.
Analysis: A lot of attention to detail went into the creation of this game and it reminded me of Toshimitsu Takagi's genre defining work as seen in the Viridian Room, and the White Chamber. This time we have Isomura Kai of Tonakai Interactive to thank. OUT file#01 has been brilliantly conceived and crafted to be a fully interactive room with a lot of functionality that is not immediately visible. The puzzles are thought provoking and cleverly designed, and at least one requires you to listen; however, the same puzzle may be solved by other means if hearing is not your strong suit. It's an excellent game, though not an easy game by any means.
Caution: it is possible to die in this game so be careful lest you be forced to restart from the beginning. Also, the game makes excellent use of audio, so be aware and use headphones if necessary.
Cheers to Clancy for suggesting it. =)