Even though you've been happily reliving "Ommagosh I'm trapped!" memories playing 12 Best Escape Games, I know you want more. Well, at least, I want more. Thus I present these three new escape games. Perhaps they can only dream of their icon in the spotlight of your favorites list, but they've come prepared to win you over. Even without bright lights and fame, even if those "hard core" gamers such as Yahtzee Croshaw don't totally agree, escaping of all sorts is fun. And we can never get enough of that. Which is the point, of course.
Fruit Kitchens No.5: Peach Pink - from FunkyLand, the master of creating rooms we want to break into and live in, not escape out of, is less bland than it first appears. An ineffable appeal that transcends the simple side of puzzle solving sparks our excitement on as soon as we lay eyes on this room. Luckily, its suave style makes up for the simple gameplay—gather up seven pretty peaches, watch as they magically morph into a key, use it to unlock the door, and there you have it: a grin to last the rest of the day!
Story Room 8 - by Story House is short and not particularly full of puzzling, but the puzzles that are here are pleasing enough to warrant a weekday escape appearance. Explore the single wall, looking for clues and solving codes, much the same spirit as a Robamimi One Scene game although notably short of the aesthetic wonderment. Still, Story Room 8 fits perfectly in those moments when you need a mental recharge while being assured frustration-free success.
Escape from the Brown Door Room - Like parents taking one look at their newborn's tuft of auburn curls and deciding to name him Red, Yomino Kagura leaves the creativity to game making rather than titling. You might glance at the beigeness of the design and decide to skip it. But you shouldn't—a changing cursor and clean design make escaping from this room a pleasant endeavor. One can't help but wish for more graphical pizzazz to go along with the puzzles, which have their own sense of whimsy. Although the answers are straight-forward, you'll need to jump through more hoops to get them, making the experience feel more substantial.
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