Aries Escape: Episode No.007
In addition to the bad habit of napping just about everywhere, poor Yumi must have some frightening B.O. to make an entire salon staff seemingly abandon the building and lock her inside while she slept. Although her plans of being pampered and enjoying the seascape have been thrown out the window, she will not be able to escape quite so easily. Fortunately for us, her frustrating scenario translates into another enjoyable installment of Aries Escape: Episode No.007.
Libertechno maintains the clean and simple layout of previous episodes, relying on the usual controls. Point-and-click to pick up objects and interact with specific areas conveniently indicated by a changing cursor. Use the side arrows to navigate the room and the bottom arrow to leave a zoomed-in window. This time around, instead of colorful legos, you're on a scavenger hunt for a collection of cards. When found, they and other items can be examined or combined by selecting their respective icons in the boxes at the bottom of the screen. Despite the narrative text being in Japanese, the language barrier is avoided where it counts as the clues and codes are presented in English.
Once you have a feel of the room, it's time to get to the meat of the brain matter. The handful of puzzles you'll encounter are fairly logical, however the hints aren't always straight-forward and you may be tripped up by a couple red herrings. Sometimes even recognizing what is or is not a clue is a challenge, and applying the information you collect to the right puzzles can prove equally daunting. While the gameplay presents a variety of difficulty ranging from elementary to mentally engaging and some refreshing originality, Libertechno sadly leaves out the colorblind yet again with the presence of more than one color-based puzzle.
In addition to the regular ending, a second "perfect" ending provides extra gameplay to enjoy, because if you're like me, sometimes normal just isn't satisfying enough. Expect the pleasantly bright graphics and light, melodic background music befitting a beauty salon to provide a cheerful atmosphere and set a relaxing mood perfect for putting your mind to work. It only makes sense that people would come here to get their scalps scrubbed, now if only the manager would let you leave!
Note: to turn off sound, select the [tool] icon and adjust the bottom slider to the left. Keep the top slider, which controls click sensitivity, all the way to the right.