Autumn Melancholy Escape
Anyone who has a soft spot for picturesque oil paintings, soulful piano melodies, and baskets overflowing with pink lily blooms will be immediately won over by Tomatea's newest room escape game, Autumn Melancholy. In this seasonally-themed escape, Tomatea gives as much attention to tone and mood as to well-designed puzzles, excellent graphics and playability. There is nothing gloomy or sad about exploring this beautiful apartment, lavishly appointed in warm autumn colors and textures, no matter what the title might lead you to believe.
Adding cohesiveness and a thematic element to the game play, Autumn Melancholy sends guests riffling through furnishings and around corners on the hunt for picture fragments that need to be reassembled by game's end. You'll find a light up cursor to indicate interactive areas, textual reminders when more clues are needed before attempting a solution, and several diverse puzzles to stimulate the mind. Just click an area to move in for a closer look, or click the sides or bottom of the screen to change direction. Click an item to pick it up from the scene or put it to use from your inventory.
If anything bad can be said about Autumn Melancholy, it's that the furniture needs a bit of rearranging. Because some objects and doors are approachable only from an odd angle, navigation can sometimes be misleading, causing you to overlook an important item or question whether the key in hand fits that particular lock. The reappearance of some overused puzzles (think color-coded drawer lock) might also elicit a yawn, yet it is quickly suppressed by the joy of exploring these gorgeous surroundings. Every surface becomes such a temptation to touch, examine and gaze that you might be diverted from the true task: getting out.