Christmas Eve (Escape)
A few months ago Dora introduced us to a new room escape developer, Choko-Chai, a designer with a thing for cats and thieves. It is with great pleasure we now bring to you a Christmas Eve present in the form of an escape called...Christmas Eve by the same folks. The basic premise of the game is simple: it is Christmas Eve, your boyfriend is on his way over, the tree is not decorated, and you can't remember where you stored the ornaments. You must wander around your apartment looking for clues and solving a lot of puzzles in order to get everything ready to go by the time Mr. Right gets here. Better start searching!
Navigation in the home is accomplished by some large white arrows at the sides and bottom of the screen. Christmas Eve featues everything you'd want from a room escape: An easy to use inventory, a changing cursor to indicate hot spots, cute graphics, a save function, and most especially a wide variety of challenging puzzles. The game comes in both Japanese and English flavors with a pretty decent English translation.
The only complaints folks might have about this delightful holiday romp are the plethora of color-based puzzles without the help of hovering text to let you know what shade is what. With its wide variety of puzzles and cute premise, though, Christmas Eve is a year-round treat of room escaping goodness. Enjoy the special bonus pictures of the designer's real-life cats decked out in their Holiday finery if you are up to the challenge of getting everything decorated before the boyfriend shows up. Hey, a date who brings both wine and chocolate cake? That's worth solving a few puzzles!