If three's a crowd and four's a party, then why not? We'll have a party just for the sake of it this week, to celebrate hump day or to herald the end of July or for a happy birthday (early, late or on time) for all our Weekday Escape crowd. Not that a reason is needed to enjoy these four free online escape games, but each brings its own brand of fun to the party. FunkyLand provides the place: hip and happening and loaded with sweets. Wanpa's Quest delivers the quirky characters and oddball jokes. Hottategoya, while a bit of a wall flower, contributes to intellectual stimulation. Best of all, Yuri brought ten very cute chicks for you to pick up...
Candy Rooms No.14: Sky Blue Modern - in FunkyLand's world of chic whimsy, amusement resides solidly in the presentation as much as the satisfaction of solving a well-oiled puzzle. As usual, the end game revolves around acquiring five candy pieces which will automatically morph into your exit key. Some are in plain sight (although not easily spotted) and a few require gathering the tools to set devices in motion. There's nothing strenuous or obscure in this escape, yet the quiet ingenuity of the mechanisms can leave you feeling quite smart.
Wanpa's Quest Another 9: Line Stamp - begins with a long series of narrative, giving the set-up for this hand-drawn mini point-and-click adventure. At the bequest of "Gas Body" (Gas Body??!), help Shiori Girl search the exhibition hall for the missing "Line Stamps" so the show can go on. Exuding a disarming personality and slightly odd, not quite in a Detarou way yet somehow reminiscent, it's hard to not be charmed by these characters. The puzzles are mostly logical, although, you might grapple to understand the intended meaning of the English translation. NOTE: scroll down the page to find the game window.
Escape from the Similar Rooms 13 - As an apt alter ego to FunkyLand's quintessential whimsy, Hottategoya, with a sharply modern design and sparse interior decorating, is surprisingly adept at making the same ol' same ol' feel fresh and fun. If you avoid the more maze-like episodes, you will be glad to see, outside from the trouble of climbing up and down stairs, that it's not overly difficult to stay oriented in Similar Rooms 13. The key to escape depends mostly on your power of observation, as you explore your surroundings top to bottom and make note of the clues presented as part of the furnishings.
Chick Hide and Seek 19 - Yuri's adorable brood of baby birds want to play another game of "I stand behind this object looking cute and you come find me." They're sweet as can be and the little chirp sound when you click on one is more addictive than popping bubble wrap, yet there is an evil amount of pixel hunting in this particular episode. Outside of the trouble of actually finding the necessary clues, solving the puzzles is a snap. Once you have all ten chicks, they'll point the way out. There are two endings, dependent on what you have in your hands as you escape and how you use it.
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