Aries Escape No. 18
Libertechno's torso is back, and this time it's getting funky with a karaoke party for one in Aries Escape No. 18, where stylish scarves and laser balls await. To escape, you'll need to scour every inch of the room and keep your eyes peeled for items and clues, especially since there's no changing cursor to help show you what's interactive and what isn't. Double-click an item you're carrying to zoom in on it and interact with it close up, and be sure to pay attention to the white navigation arrows at the edges of the screen, which could lead you to a different way to look at something you're viewing you might otherwise miss. Don't worry if you can't read Japanese... there's no language barrier in this game. Especially not when the language of music is concerned! Now go forth and let your voice be heard... or at least find the two endings! Players with difficulty viewing certain colours should be aware that this game features several colour-related puzzles.
Like all of the Aries escape games, No. 18 tends to focus on puzzling solving more than cleverly configuring items to use. Most of the puzzles you'll encounter tend to revolve around spotting and using the correct codes, which is intuitive to a point, though the reliance most of them have on inputting numbers or colours in long sequences you have to click through to cycle through all options is a little clunky, not to mention the game sometimes won't accept solutions unless you've viewed the corresponding clue in a correct way, such as, say, a close up. A lot of the clues you'll encounter actually overlap... multiple colour sequences, for instance, or codes being used multiple times, but while there's a lot to see and interact with, the room is well designed enough that you won't often find yourself stuck due to pixel hunting, at least. While some of its interface might be a little awkward, Aries Escape No. 18 still dishes up a pleasantly tricky escape with a lot of puzzles to crack whether you're a songbird or tone deaf.
Thanks to Cyberjar88 for sending this one in!