Escape from Mr. Y's Room 2
Okay, we've done elaborate escapes, we've done mind-bending escapes, we've done serial escapes, we've done a lot of holiday themed escapes, we've done cute escapes, and... let's just go minimal, shall we? Escape From Mr. Y's Room 2 by Tesshi-e, creator of Escape From the Pumpkin Room, is about as minimal as it gets for room escapes.
As with all room escape games your ability to get out depends on your searching the room for clues, solving puzzles, and checking every nook and cranny for objects to help you on your way. Not that there's many nooks and crannies to explore here. Just four walls, three pieces of furniture and a door, yet this fun little escapade includes some very tricky puzzles and, believe it or not, two different ways to get out of the room.
Navigation through the space is accomplished by bars at the sides and bottom of the screen. Not that there's much navigation, per se, as there's only so many places you can go in a small, square room. As with all Tesshi-e games inventory control is simple with an "about item" button to bring inventory items into close up. And you'll want to do that. There's a little bit of pixel hunting, but nothing terrible.
The room itself is very minimal with four white walls and a warm, polished hardwood floor, with Tesshi-e's standard 3D rendering, lights, shadows, and reflections. It almost, in fact, looks like a meditation room. The furnishings might look a bit familiar. Yes, that's the couch and table from Escape From the Living Room, and look, the coffee grinder from Escape From the Pumpkin Room as well! A nice touch is the rotation effect when you move left or right, as if you are actually spinning in a three dimensional space rather than just ending up at your next destination with each click. Keep turning left or right really quickly and make yourself dizzy!
Analysis: Yes, another simple, easy mid-week escape. It's nice not to have to think too hard in the middle of the week, isn't it? Most of the puzzles are pretty simple and easily solved, but the central puzzle is a corker and may cause a minor amount of head banging. Still, it would be surprising if experienced escapers took more than 20 minutes to figure out this little beauty.
Along with the minimal yet lush decor, there's a haunting little piano melody playing in the background that enhances the relaxed, casual gameplay. You can adjust the sound up or down or simply mute it, which is always nice, especially if you're playing somewhere where you don't want folks to know you're playing a game. Not that you'd play at the office, or anything. Really.
Surprisingly enough for a Tesshi-e game, there's no construction going on in Mr. Y's room. Use of found objects, yes. Combining of some found objects, certainly. But no building of cars from cell phones, repairing toy airplanes, or carving pumpkins here. So for those who disdain that sort of thing, relax and enjoy the mental puzzles. Even more surprising is the standard "Happy Coin Escape", which is, for once, accomplished without actually finding the happy coin. And such a tricky, unexpected little second escape it is, too!
Perhaps the only complaint about Escape From Mr. Y's Room 2 is that it is too simple. Although the central puzzle is certainly a brain teaser, the other puzzles could use some beefing up. The game itself is Japanese, but you don't need to know the language to escape. All of the puzzles are either based on numbers or the English alphabet. Still, it sometimes feels like you're missing part of the story, doesn't it?
Forget the quibbles. Escape From Mr. Y's Room is a relaxing way to stretch your brain in the middle of the week without overheating. Let the bare walls and lilting piano music take you to a very Zen place as you try to escape. Settle into a lotus position, take a deep breath, let it out, and enjoy the Zen of casual gameplay.