When you unwrap your Weekday Escape delivery this week, you're in for a bit of a variety. These three escape games have little in common but one thing: pure puzzling entertainment. You could dig into our weekly package of fun in any order you choose, or try it omakase-style, starting with a fruity dish of whimsy in a grapefruit dressing from FunkyLand, a mental palate cleansing course of puzzles from Yomino Kagura, then a No1Game and Sneedle fusion geared toward the more adventuresome minded. They come with a money-back guarantee to please while you look forward to next week's escapers' curation...
Fruit Kitchens No.9: Grapefruit Yellow - Let's begin with a little FunkyLand. That's what she said. No, really, though: FunkyLand's series of find-the-somethings-sweet-and-colorful is always always the perfect escaping warm-up, stretching mental muscles just to the slightest while charming the funk out of you. This time out you're looking for 7 yellow grapefruits, some hidden in plain sight, others secured behind a coded puzzle. Since the uber whimsy of these kitchens would make any chef green with envy (Envy Green is an episode yet to be released), we can almost forget we're meant to be leaving.
Escape from the Three Colored Diamonds Room - Keeping pretty much with their standard formula for escape game design, Yomino Kagura still manages to produce a neatly logical escaping experience, albeit perhaps a little too easy this go around. A changing cursor helps you find active areas and, even though it's without an English translation, navigation and exploration remains intuitive enough that language knowledge isn't needed. This is purely about puzzles—just enough to keep you thinking without spoiling the relaxing vibe of being locked in a room, forced to scramble about finding clues and hidden tools to procure your freedom.
White Night - by Sneedle tends more toward point-and-click adventure than escape the room game. It even has a cameo appearance from a star of the Reisen series. Although made in collaboration with No1Game, don't bother looking for any little green men. Instead, you're tasked with solving a series of puzzles in order to find you way out of this strange world. Knowing to look out for quirks, including a few pixel hunts and less-than-intuitive actions, will help you complete your quest without frustration. Despite those downsides, or maybe because of them, the quaint artwork and creative environment make this adventure a charmer.
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