As this is my 300th article and this month marks my 3rd anniversary at JayIsGames, I'd like to celebrate with a "super-sized" addition of Weekday Escape. Because, well, it's my party and I can escape if I want to! This week's selection includes two entries from No1Game's Find the Escape-Men series, more delicious whimsy in FunkyLand's Fruit Kitchen, nonsensical fun from Minoto, and pure plain puzzling from Yomino Kagura. Want more details? Read on...
Find the Escape-Men 102: Secretary Section - Along with having to seek and find green guys, each entry in No1Game's prolific series has something else in common: uniquely realistic yet awkward stories to explain your escaping scenario. Secretary Section is no exception with its humor and sit-com setup. The clues are less obvious than usual, requiring a bit more mental creativity to solve, but the puzzles are few and the escape men not hard to find. Thus, the ease and quickness at which you escape doesn't match the comic melodrama of your predicament. Regardless, it's worth the five minutes it takes to play.
Fruit Kitchens No.06: Blueberry Violet - FunkyLand's series of colorful edibles themed rooms have earned permanent Weekday Escape inclusion because each is too joyful to skip yet too brief to merit a spotlight of its own. That brevity can be both a plus and a minus: it's great for a quick break into a scene of whimsy and cuteness, like a happy song for the eyes, but it also leaves us wanting more. It's not fair to give a little taste of yummy then make us wait another week for our next bite. Overall, Blueberry Violet offers little challenge, but the creative design and the unusual devices make it unmissable.
Bremen Town Musicians 2 - The thing about a Minoto game is it's just so strangely random. While not technically escaping-the-room, the outcome—a series of silly tasks to complete before leaving—of this point-and-click adventure is similar enough. There's little sense to what needs doing; only in the weird world of Minoto do these things have any logic (that is, no logic at all). If you can marvel, rather than scoff, at the wacky sequences and nonsensical item uses, it's all good. Besides, if YouTube and Fox News can be any proof, then crazy and unbelievable things happen all the time. At least here in this irresistibly quirky Minoto game, you get a smile out of it.
Escape from the Room of Three Devices - I felt under-qualified to introduce this game; perhaps I need to be a little more... like this. Or maybe even a bit like this. What I'm saying is, with a name like Escape from the Room of Three Devices, I'd expect to be at least taking your money and handing you a ticket to a special engagement B-movie at the local Indie cinemas. But, turns out, it's just an innocent escape game. As our Dora puts it: "It's not bad, but it's not inspiring either." Which I translate as: the puzzles are fun and its logic is solid, but Yomino Kagura needs to break out of the same-y mold and reach for more ambitious designs. That is to say, players looking for a few good puzzles sans embellishments have come to the right door.
Find the Escape-Men 103: The Balcony - Hold the presses! No1Game is on a roll and keeps on rolling, like bunnies popping up in springtime. And you thought you had enough escape-men catching this week? For all the same reasons Secretary Section merits your attention, The Balcony delivers another humorous story, more green-gathering clickiness, and a smattering of puzzles to chip away at your spare time.
Go ahead, smash that spare time! Because I know what you're really waiting for and it's almost here!
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