Only the inniest of the in crowd get to go to the hot pot party. Except maybe there is such thing as too much hot pot; maybe eating until tummies pop is not without its downfalls and smiling smelly hazes. So when the party is over, does that mean the fun is done? Er, no. Detarame Factory's After HPP is when the good starts happening. After all, when you escape a room, you open a lot of cupboards, take things out and move stuff around, don't you? Well, who do you think puts that stuff away for you? Not those kitties passed out under the table. They're in need of their own aid. So it's up to you to explore the multiple scenes, picking up the clutter, washing dishes and putting it all back where it goes. Of course, some wise guy put new puzzles on the locks when you were busy partying.
After HPP begins with this challenge: "After the hot pot party...let's tidy a room!" Um...yay? As it turns out, it's satisfyingly fun albeit a little on the easy side. To play, follow the navigational arrows to change scenes, click to pick up items or zoom into puzzles, and double-click to examine your inventory. Unlike Hot Pot Party, there isn't a MEMO function yet, with fewer puzzles, it's not needed. There's only a couple areas where you might be stymied—when looking for a needed clue-bearing item, the changing cursor helps but you have to be mindful to really look when you take a look. Although there are two endings, one is more a "cleaning is for the birds and I need to rest" than a true end. If you do go that route, return to the game by clicking the "normal end" screen. For perfect end, keep in mind the operative word is "tidy." Very tidy. Maybe you'll question, as I did, why you're playing a game about cleaning house instead of actually cleaning your own house. Because, well, you know. Cuteness, whimsy, fantasizing that housework could be as simple as a point-and-click.