Aries Escape: Episode No.004
We at Weekday Escape do love our escape-the-room games. But, what is it, exactly, about being trapped in a room, desperately searching for clues to inexplicably situated puzzles, scrounging about for items to construct makeshift tools, all while an assertively jaunty tune juxtaposes our dire predicament, that has us coming back for more time and time again? It may be hard to describe but it does have so much appeal that there's even a Japanese game show based on the concept. Until you land your prime spot on the American version (currently being cast) of the reality program spectacle, you can practice your room escaping skills in Aries Escape: Episode No.004.
In this episode of Libertechno's game series, you're locked inside a small, studio apartment and need to gather an abundance of clues—colorful pieces of Legos, among other things—overlooking a fair amount of misdirection to solve the codes that will elicit your key to freedom. A changing cursor is a good friend in this situation, especially as certain items utilize tone-on-tone color camouflage to avoid detection.
Libertechno is no pal to the colorblind with this particular offering but does present a generous portion of exploration and code breaking to make our escape feel well-deserved in the end. While this episode doesn't feel as polished as Episode No.005, it is equally enjoyable. Again, there is a "perfect ending" in addition to the regular one although getting that special trinket is a simple matter of looking in the right place, a tad disappointing when you'd rather have a final puzzle to work out. Those who don't read Japanese will also lament the non-English opening and ending narrative, but the design is strong enough to compensate for lack of messaging.
It's only a matter of time before game shows such as Dero will be all the rage. In the meantime, we'll keep our skills honed by playing fun escapes such as Aries Escape: Episode No.004.
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