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Early Evening Escape

No matter what time of day it is, it's always a good time for TomaTea, so why not kick back and relax with Early Evening Escape? I mean, not that I can think of a reason why you'd actually want to escape from this picturesque little cafe, with its cakes, flowers, presents, and even a well-stoked bar. Assuming it has free Wi-Fi, you're all set. To play, just click around... the tip of your cursor will glow when you mouse over something you can interact with, and if you're presented with a message claiming you have no idea what to do, it means you're faced with a puzzle whose particular clue you haven't stumbled across yet. Though it initially looks rather simple, TomaTea proves yet again with Early Evening Escape how great they are at packing in a lot of smart puzzles in a relatively small space through clever design, so get ready to sharpen your brain even while you take a break and unwind.

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Early Evening Escape Walkthrough

You're looking at two cafe tables. The one on the right (table 2), with the yellow flower etc., contains a tile with a yellow cocktail glass. Pick it up, then go back.

Turn left.
Take a closer look at the flower pot on the floor on the right hand side. Pick up the 4+2 dominoes tile.
Zoom out.

Look at the bottle rack above the flower pot.
Take the 3d bottle from the left on the bottom rack.
Take a note of the distribution of the remaining bottles:

xxx
x
xx
xx x

Zoom out.

Zoom in on the drawers beneath the bar, on the left hand side.
Open the third drawer from the left.
A 4x4 grid - what does that remind us of?

The bottle rack!

Click the buttons corresponding to the spaces occupied by a bottle.

Click the button below, then take the tile with a green cocktail glass.

Zoom out.

Look at the bottle and glass rack to the left of the bar.
Tilt your head to the right - you should see a number.

The number is 7005.

Zoom out.

Zoom in on the drawers beneath the bar, on the right hand side.
Open the middle drawer.
Enter the number from the bottle and glass rack, then click the button below.
Take the box, then look at it in detail.
See the 3+2 dominoes tile? Use the sliders to create the same pattern.

From left to right: up, middle, down, up, down.

Then click the button and take the screwdriver - an essential tool in most escape games.
Zoom out.

Click just to the left of the bottle and glass rack to the left of the bar to view it from the side.
A screw. Now what to do with that?

Use the screwdriver! As a reward, you get a box in your inventory.
Look at the box and take the 1+2 dominoes tile.

Zoom out.

Look at the rack again and tilt your head to the left - you should see a word.

The word is SOUL.

Zoom out.

Open the middle drawer on the left hand side.
Ooh - letter buttons!

Enter the word we just found, then click the button.
Take the red marker pen and the key.

Zoom out.

Turn left, to the door with the wall.
To the left of the painting, you'll see a locked pastry box.

Use the key on the pastry box.
Take the tile with the blue cocktail glass.
There is also a paper with a clue that you can inspect by holding down the mouse button on it.

Yellow + red = orange
Yellow + blue = green
Red + blue = purple

Zoom out.

Turn left, to the wall with tables 3 and 4.
Zoom in on table 3, and take a good look at the number plates.

Another screw! Use the screwdriver.
Take the eraser pen and the tile with the red cocktail glass.

Zoom out then zoom in on the picture above table 3.
4 bottles, and 4 open slots. What could we fill the slots with?

With the four cocktail glasses, of course.
Your task, should you accept it (and you will accept it), is to connect the red bottle to the red glass with a red line, etc. Experiment a bit by clicking on the empty tiles to see what happens, then think how you can accomplish your task.
It takes a lot of clicking, but you'll be rewarded with a bottle opener for your hard work.

Take a closer look at the bottle you took from the bottle rack to the right of the bar.
Use the bottle opener to take the crown cap. Click on the crown cap to see a color pattern.
Zoom out.

Turn to the wall with the bar. Open the rightmost drawer.
Recognize the pattern?

Reconstruct the colors from the crown cap. You'll get a yellow marker pen for your efforts.

Turn to the wall with tables 3 and 4.

There is a box on the chair to the right of table 4. Take it.
Take a closer look at the box and open it. The ribbon that bound it will move to your inventory.
Take the lighter from the box.

Look at the lighter, open it and light it. Don't worry, it'll remain on as long as you need it.

There is a candle on each of the four tables.

Use the lighter to light all of them.

Go back to each of the candles and note the shape burnt into them by the flame.

Blue - square
Yellow - circle
Red - triangle
Green - heart

Turn to the wall with the bar.
Open the leftmost drawer.

Match the shapes with the corresponding colors from the candles.
Click the button and take the 5+1 dominoes tile.
Zoom out.

Also open the third drawer from the right. Take the blue marker pen.
Zoom out.

Turn to the wall with tables 3 and 4.
Look at the picture above table 4.
There is a knob below the picture, but what can we do with it? It looks a bit like a crown cap...

Use the crown cap on it.
The picture comes to life.

You have to color the white parts. Look around the cafe for clues, and use the clue from the pastry box to combine colors. You can use the eraser pen if you made a mistake.

Flower: orange = yellow + red
Bottle: green = yellow + blue
Pastry: yellow with red embellishments
Napkin: green = yellow + blue
Letter E: blue
Cocktail glass: red

When you've colored everything correctly, you'll get a 6+4 dominoes tile.

Turn to the wall with the door, and look at the picture. If you click the rail to the right of it, it slides up.

Use the ribbon from the box on the rail to keep the picture up.
Place the dominoes tile on the board - remember the rules for dominoes: adjacent squares from different tiles must contain the same number of dots.

The dominoes tile form the word KEY, and a door key will appear on the board.
Take the key and escape!

34 Comments

I love Tomatea escape games. Just hard enough to make you think, but not leave you stranded for hours. :)

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Stuck now.

I have

red, green and yellow cocktail glasses, bottle, screwdriver, blue pen and eraser. opened 4 drawers, 2 say i don't know what to do.

I am not even sure what I am working on or looking for at this point

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Oh and i have

placed two of the domino tiles

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I'm in the exact same place, phdavoid.

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iq8w7ht February 10, 2015 12:43 PM replied to phdavoid

Sounds similar to where I just was. I think the next step you're missing is...

...take a look at the left shelf of glasses/wine bottles. It's kind of oddly shaped, no?

In particular, try looking at it from different perspectives. If you need a more specific tip...

Tilt your head a bit to the right.

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I got that already.

That 'number shelf' on the left side of the bar, examine the very left side edge of it. Found a third domino.

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iq8w7ht February 10, 2015 12:53 PM replied to Corona

Hm. I apparently can't remember what order things went in. Let me try again...

Take another look at the shelf.

Tilt your head the other way this time.

Hopefully, instead of numbers, you see letters.

Did that help? Sorry, I'm trying to do this from memory...if this isn't where you are, I'll load up the game again and go through to the point that you mention.

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That was helpful, but then the game should not have been telling me that i could not answer the letter clue

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Patreon VIP abfdrumz February 10, 2015 1:12 PM replied to phdavoid

You guys are on the right track...

If you've found the third domino, it means you've changed the appearance of the left shelf so that it can now be used as a second clue, and that'll get you two more items.

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Thanks! I'm out. Nice game.

Didn't notice that the O shelf changed to U. That forms a word.

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iq8w7ht February 10, 2015 1:37 PM replied to Corona

Yeah, I thought that was a neat aspect of the game. Honestly, my biggest issue was

finding the screw on the shelves in the first place.

That might be my fault for being inobservant, though.

All in all, good typical tomatea escape - reasonable length and difficulty, artistically appealing, and with some clever motifs.

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Cyberjar88 February 10, 2015 1:40 PM

Where is the screwdriver?

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Cyberjar88

Look at the box

And the domino on its front

Notice the position of the domino dots?

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I'm having trouble with

the coloring puzzle

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I am stuck - I have:

bottle, red and blue pens, screwdriver, red, blue and green cocktail tiles, and am missing one domino. I cannot open the hex drawer yet.

Help?

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shanisek February 10, 2015 4:15 PM replied to shanisek

OOps, I meant I have

yellow, green and blue tiles.

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can't wait for the walkthrough.

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Patreon VIP abfdrumz February 10, 2015 4:42 PM replied to shanisek

For the red tile:

There's a second use for the screwdriver.

Take a closer look at the view of table #3.

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mittudomain February 10, 2015 4:50 PM

What else beside the four "marker pens" do I need to complete the coloring puzzle? I only have those four objects in my inventory and don't seem to be able to do anything.

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mittudomain February 10, 2015 4:57 PM

(I mean I have placced the bottle cap in place which turned most of the picture a purplish grey - I guess I'm supposed to color the white parts. I know what colours all he objects are supposed to be colored - but I can't use the markers on the picture...)

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mittudomain February 10, 2015 5:04 PM

Hmmm... I may have encountered a bug here. I've read the walkthrough at another site, and it seems that at the point I am in the game, I should be able to color the picture - but it just wouldn't let me. I have reloaded the game several times, no change...

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mittudomain February 10, 2015 5:15 PM

Sorry for the multiple comments, but yep... I've watched the walkthrough on YouTube and so now I can "officially" say it's a bug: I should be able to color the picture, but it doesn't let me...

Also, I don't know if it was meant to be like that, but I was able to "open" the #3 sign at table #3 well before I found the screwdriver.

I'm really sorry about this, because TomaTea is one of my favourite escape game developers... but this game seems buggy to me. Shame, because up until the coloring it was as good a game as we've come expect of TomaTea.

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Patreon VIP abfdrumz February 10, 2015 5:20 PM replied to mittudomain

Yeah, that's weird. Based on what you describe, it should work...the only thing I can think of would be to try another browser.

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hans.vogelaar February 10, 2015 5:36 PM

Early Evening Escape Walkthrough

You're looking at two cafe tables. The one on the right (table 2), with the yellow flower etc., contains a tile with a yellow cocktail glass. Pick it up, then go back.

Turn left.
Take a closer look at the flower pot on the floor on the right hand side. Pick up the 4+2 dominoes tile.
Zoom out.

Look at the bottle rack above the flower pot.
Take the 3d bottle from the left on the bottom rack.
Take a note of the distribution of the remaining bottles:

xxx
x
xx
xx x

Zoom out.

Zoom in on the drawers beneath the bar, on the left hand side.
Open the third drawer from the left.
A 4x4 grid - what does that remind us of?

The bottle rack!

Click the buttons corresponding to the spaces occupied by a bottle.

Click the button below, then take the tile with a green cocktail glass.

Zoom out.

Look at the bottle and glass rack to the left of the bar.
Tilt your head to the right - you should see a number.

The number is 7005.

Zoom out.

Zoom in on the drawers beneath the bar, on the right hand side.
Open the middle drawer.
Enter the number from the bottle and glass rack, then click the button below.
Take the box, then look at it in detail.
See the 3+2 dominoes tile? Use the sliders to create the same pattern.

From left to right: up, middle, down, up, down.

Then click the button and take the screwdriver - an essential tool in most escape games.
Zoom out.

Click just to the left of the bottle and glass rack to the left of the bar to view it from the side.
A screw. Now what to do with that?

Use the screwdriver! As a reward, you get a box in your inventory.
Look at the box and take the 1+2 dominoes tile.

Zoom out.

Look at the rack again and tilt your head to the left - you should see a word.

The word is SOUL.

Zoom out.

Open the middle drawer on the left hand side.
Ooh - letter buttons!

Enter the word we just found, then click the button.
Take the red marker pen and the key.

Zoom out.

Turn left, to the door with the wall.
To the left of the painting, you'll see a locked pastry box.

Use the key on the pastry box.
Take the tile with the blue cocktail glass.
There is also a paper with a clue that you can inspect by holding down the mouse button on it.

Yellow + red = orange
Yellow + blue = green
Red + blue = purple

Zoom out.

Turn left, to the wall with tables 3 and 4.
Zoom in on table 3, and take a good look at the number plates.

Another screw! Use the screwdriver.
Take the eraser pen and the tile with the red cocktail glass.

Zoom out then zoom in on the picture above table 3.
4 bottles, and 4 open slots. What could we fill the slots with?

With the four cocktail glasses, of course.
Your task, should you accept it (and you will accept it), is to connect the red bottle to the red glass with a red line, etc. Experiment a bit by clicking on the empty tiles to see what happens, then think how you can accomplish your task.
It takes a lot of clicking, but you'll be rewarded with a bottle opener for your hard work.

Take a closer look at the bottle you took from the bottle rack to the right of the bar.
Use the bottle opener to take the crown cap. Click on the crown cap to see a color pattern.
Zoom out.

Turn to the wall with the bar. Open the rightmost drawer.
Recognize the pattern?

Reconstruct the colors from the crown cap. You'll get a yellow marker pen for your efforts.

Turn to the wall with tables 3 and 4.

There is a box on the chair to the right of table 4. Take it.
Take a closer look at the box and open it. The ribbon that bound it will move to your inventory.
Take the lighter from the box.

Look at the lighter, open it and light it. Don't worry, it'll remain on as long as you need it.

There is a candle on each of the four tables.

Use the lighter to light all of them.

Go back to each of the candles and note the shape burnt into them by the flame.

Blue - square
Yellow - circle
Red - triangle
Green - heart

Turn to the wall with the bar.
Open the leftmost drawer.

Match the shapes with the corresponding colors from the candles.
Click the button and take the 5+1 dominoes tile.
Zoom out.

Also open the third drawer from the right. Take the blue marker pen.
Zoom out.

Turn to the wall with tables 3 and 4.
Look at the picture above table 4.
There is a knob below the picture, but what can we do with it? It looks a bit like a crown cap...

Use the crown cap on it.
The picture comes to life.

You have to color the white parts. Look around the cafe for clues, and use the clue from the pastry box to combine colors. You can use the eraser pen if you made a mistake.

Flower: orange = yellow + red
Bottle: green = yellow + blue
Pastry: yellow with red embellishments
Napkin: green = yellow + blue
Letter E: blue
Cocktail glass: red

When you've colored everything correctly, you'll get a 6+4 dominoes tile.

Turn to the wall with the door, and look at the picture. If you click the rail to the right of it, it slides up.

Use the ribbon from the box on the rail to keep the picture up.
Place the dominoes tile on the board - remember the rules for dominoes: adjacent squares from different tiles must contain the same number of dots.

The dominoes tile form the word KEY, and a door key will appear on the board.
Take the key and escape!

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Canoetripper February 10, 2015 6:24 PM

I've only just started, but am giving it major points for the medieval lute music--a refreshing change!

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mittudomain February 10, 2015 6:29 PM replied to abfdrumz

abfdrumz,
I use Chrome, and TomaTea's games all worked fine so far...

And, since I know that if I color the picture, I'll get the last domino stone which will give me theexit key - so there's really no sense in replaying the whole game just to see if the bug comes again...

Well, after all, TomaTea really deserves the mulligan on this - his games are just too good :)

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is there a

snapshot for the color tile puzzle? I can't solve it.

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Paul: I could do a screenshot, but I refuse to believe you can't solve this.

1. Connect the red wine and glass using the most direct route (3 tiles).
2. Connect the yellow items using what's now the most direct route (7 tiles).
3. Connect the blue items using the only remaining route (2 tiles).
4. Connect the green items using the only remaining route (5 tiles).

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@ mittudomain

Just a thought - I had the same problem with colouring on a previous TomaTea escape. It turned out that I was running ad-block, I had to save and reload the game. Then it was fine.

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mittudomain February 11, 2015 8:19 AM

yadab,
thanks for the info!

It may be the heart of the problem, as I, too, hav AdBlock running - but then it's just weird... why does it block one specific puzzle in the game only?

Thanks for letting me know!

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mittudomain February 11, 2015 8:21 AM

(and sorry for misspelling your nick...)

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mittudomain February 11, 2015 8:23 AM

Paul,
if you mean the connect-the-like-colored-items puzzle: the trick is that the connecting lines also have to be the same color as the items they connect: the line between the two red objects must be red, the line between the two blue tiles must be blue etc... I first connected the same-color things only using yellow lines - as I had no idea there were other colors available :)

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The game bugged for me. After I lite the 4 candles to see shapes, it wouldn't let me do the drawer puzzle. It no longer said, " I don't have a clue how to solve this" but no colors appeared.

Also the picture to color. I put in the bottle caps, and had all three markers and the eraser, but it would not let me color anything.

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dailytherapyshop March 3, 2015 10:59 PM

Nothing feels quite as good as finishing a TomaTea without hints!

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