Rich Rich Lip
"Get your motor running, head out on the highway, lookin' for adventure, and whatever comes our way..." Visions of scenery flying past in a smooth ribbon, wind whipping through the hair, the gentle purr and throb of the engine, motorcycles have long been associated with a sort of wild freedom and adventure, so it's rather poetic that they have become the central theme to Bianco-Bianco's newest room escape, Rich Rich Lip, which features several bad-boy, tricked out motorcycles that could have come straight out of Neo-Tokyo.
Rich Rich Lip features a nicely rendered three dimensional space in which to explore along with the aforementioned road hogs and some tricky and amusing puzzles, all accompanied by a throbbing, kick-ass soundtrack that makes the gamer feel as if they were flying down a highway to nowhere while actually being stuck in a rather small room. A changing cursor indicates hot-spots and cuts down on the pixel hunting, while easy navigation bars allow for smooth movement about the neon-decorated space. There's even an homage (read: rip-off) of Tesshi-e's customary happy coin, two escape scenario endings. Unfortunately, there's not a visible save feature, so to get both escape scenarios you have to play through twice.
Bianco-Bianco, author of the Dr. Ichie series of escapes, and of First Love (a collaboration with Robamimi), has jettisoned their usual themes of either sentiment or horror and just gone with simple, stripped down room escaping with no theme other than the pretty, pretty bikes. Rich Rich Lip is not a long escape, but one that is an amusing break that will get the heart thumping along with the road-rage music that would fit in beautifully with a capsules/clowns rumble. Let's roll!