A playground is a place of wonder, magic, and tons of knee scraping fun. During the day a crowded playground filled with laughing (and falling) children can be a beautiful (albeit noisy) thing to witness. However, at night, something seems to change and what was once innocent fun becomes quiet, moody, and mysterious, something to be avoided even. Unfortunately for you, you've become locked into one tonight and the creepy doll-thing at the gate seems disinclined to help you out in Park Escape.
Dassyutu, creator of The Ninja, has captured the eeriness of a playground at night, not helped at all by that very strange doll which seems to follow you in every scene as you investigate your way out. Navigation in the park is accomplished with bars at the sides and bottom of the screen, but will seem a bit strange at first due to the fact that it can take about 10 turns to see the whole park and get back to where you started. The puzzles are a fun mix, mostly use of found objects and observational skills involving colors and shapes. There is almost no dialogue, but what's there is in English, so no worries.
If there is a downside to Park Escape it is the lack of a changing cursor, which means that with the dark backgrounds there is some pixel hunting, and while the puzzles are logical, they don't flow as well as they could. These are minor quibbles, though, and Park Escape is a great little mid-week break. The set-up seems a little Stephen King after a while, and you might find yourself looking nervously over your shoulder, especially if you play with the lights off. Can you find your way out before you become totally creeped out by that doll-thing and the lack of sound? Give it a try!