Breath deep, the gathering gloom, watch lights fade from every room... Rooms look different in the night than they do in the day. Artificial lights highlight areas and cast shadows that can change perception as the darkness creeps in and evoke moods. Using the differences between day and night are what makes Switch, this week's room escape adventure by Robamimi such a joy and a challenge.
Switch takes place in a standard, stark four-walled room with very minimal furnishings. A table here, a cabinet there, a window, and a door, yet as you look closer you find much hidden in plain sight. Puzzles abound everywhere and the more you explore the more you find. Wander around using the left/right arrows and bars at the sides of the screen as well as the handy changing cursor to highlight areas that invite a closer look. Solving your way out involves a nicely balanced mix of use of found objects, logic, visual cues, and yes, some math. Although the "day" and "night" in the room are created artificially, the usual elegant solutions to Robamimi's puzzles involve both, once again taking the basic one room escape to a higher level.
Robamimi is one of the favorite room escape designers here at Weekday Escape and Switch once again shows why, with the simple, non-cluttered space, the elegant puzzles, the soft music, the wonderful built-in hint system, and all the other bells and whistles that any escaper could want in a game. What this charming room lacks in theme or decor it more than makes up for with engaging and amusing challenges, a perfect mid-week break.
Note: If you have trouble connecting to the game try Robamimi's alternate site.