Aries Escape: Episode No. 16
Looking for a little drive-time diversion? Well tune yourself in to WJIG! Gamin' 94.7! Home of the Cazh! We've got Aries Escape coming up with their latest hit, Aries Escape: Episode No. 16. Word has it that you came to the radio station thinking that your boyfriend would be there. But while looking around, presumably thrilled by the equipment, stacks of CDs, and unending piles of promotional bumper stickers, you somehow managed to get yourself lost. ("Somehow" being the operative word for me. Personally most of my on-air experience has been of the "room tucked away in some corner of the student union" variety) And, son of a gun, as seems to so often be the case in your life, the door to the room you're in doesn't seem to want to open. Being the 12th caller won't help now. It's time to start pointing, clicking and solving all manner of puzzles to have even a chance of escape before the afternoon all-music rock block. So don't even think of touching that dial!
As per usual, click around to move and interact, using the white arrows that appear at the edges of the screen to navigate, and double-click an item in your inventory to view it up close. And don't forget your disembodied torso off to the right! You'll be needing to interact with that too (and, gotta say, it's looking a bit more chic than the Aries Escape: Episode No. 14 variation.) Remember: some objects may have multiple views, or can only be interacted with once other puzzles are solved. The translation of the game into English is perfectly serviceable (save for a couple of points when it says "I need some kind of tools", but what you use to solve the puzzle wouldn't really considered a "tool" per se), and should be adequate all the way to the HAPPY END. Other than a little muddled navigation with the "turn" arrows, and the possibility of missing the (blatant plug of a) bonus puzzle at the end for not being sharped-eyed enough, Aries Escape: Episode No. 16 is a perfect example of a cleanly-designed user-friendly escape game that fans of the genre will definitely find satisfying. One could also see its accessibility being very attractive to beginners, certainly if they would be playing alongside someone more experienced with the conventions of the series. Overall, it's a charming experience that bodes well for future works from the developer. Anyways, stay tuned for traffic at the top of the hour, with our very own SkyDora. This is Tricky, signing off!