It's dismantling time yet again! Gam.ebb.jp is back with another "take this apart cuz you've got a screwdriver" game, and now it's personal! Well, it's a mouse, at any rate. A computer mouse, that is, not, you know, a live one. Although that might be interesting... nevermind. Yes, the third installment of the dismantlement series of point-and-click puzzles is here with Dismantlement: Mouse, just in time to brighten your day. Now with 50% fewer explosions! Maybe.
Once again you have nothing but your trusty screwdriver as a tool. Simply click to remove screws and click on other things to see what happens. There's a handy button at the top that allows you to move from the front to the back of the mouse as well as from close-up views to normal view. Everything is in plain sight, so there is very little pixel hunting to be had. Figuring out the rest is up to you.
Unlike Dismantlement: Tea Canister, this game features something that most of us have done at one time or another. Who hasn't had to open up a mouse before? Well, maybe if you missed the golden age of trackball-driven mice, but everyone else will be familiar with pulling that fuzzy gunk off the contacts inside. You may not recall your mouse having so many locked and inaccessible areas, though. Or bombs.
This Dismantlement is a throwback to the first game in the series, Dismantlement: Radio, in both gameplay and execution. Eschewing the various reflex-based puzzles of Tea Canister, Mouse moves back into the realm of logic. No music puzzles, no arcade-style antics, and only one puzzle that is slightly based on color guarantee that fans of the series will have a blast. No pun intended.
Analysis: What a perfect Christmas present! For those who enjoy this sort of thing, Dismantlement: Mouse is the perfect way to whittle away a few minutes. There's still a bomb, of course, but much less stress involved as you only encounter the timer at the last puzzle. A perfect way to take a break from the everyday. Gam.ebb.jp certainly has a thing about putting bombs into electronics. Perhaps it would be wise to never purchase appliances from them...
The only complaint this time around is that the fun is over too soon. There's really not that much inside a mouse, so there's only so much puzzle you can cram into such a small space. But still, Dismantlement: Mouse is casual gameplay at its finest. Fun, logical, and it appeals to that little part in all of us that revels in breaking something down to its basic components.