Escape from Restaurant Minshio
So it's Wednesday again, and usually that means you manage to get locked in a room somewhere. But not this week, no! This week you have a plan. This week you're going to go out to dinner with a dear friend and then lock them in the restaurant! After all, you're tired of being the hapless, helpless victim locked up in various rooms, offices, bars, spas, and underground spaces. This time, dear reader, you will have your revenge, and a lovely meal to go with it. Now dinner is over and you're just waiting for your companion to get back to the table and you can put your plan into action! Hey, your friend has been gone a while, perhaps you'd better go check on him? Wait, is that door locked? Not again! If you're thinking, "Only one person would come up with such a crazy room escape scenario", well, you would be correct. Tesshi-e is back, and it's time to Escape from Restaurant Minshio. Welcome to Weekday Escape!
Now you're locked in the titular restaurant, attempting to get out. All you need to do is phone your friend and they can come open the door for you. No problem. Navigate the beautiful space with the help of arrows at the sides and bottom of your screen, open a few cabinets, solve a few puzzles, pick up and use a few items, and, oh dear, perform a little construction and you'll be home in no time, plotting a better revenge. Presuming, that is, that you can get out. Fortunately, a restaurant isn't the worst place you could be stuck. Especially this restaurant.
Escape from Restaurant Minshio has all of the bells and whistles we've come to expect from a designer as good as Tesshi-e. Gorgeous backgrounds, lively music, tricky puzzles, unique use of found objects, and a slight amount of pixel hunting can be found in this amusing little room escape. Easy to use inventory control, mute for the music and sound and a lovely save feature round out the features we have come to expect from Tesshi-e. And yes, there is a happy coin escape.
So you think to yourself that, yes, yet another escape from Tesshi-e. The games are fun and all, but there's nothing new here. Au contraire, dear reader, au contraire! To begin with, this, the 50th of Tesshi-e's games appears to be a collaboration with Democratic Osan. So while you will find such classics as the standard construction of something useful out of random found objects, you will also find new touches here and there. But most of all, dear reader, you will find some pretty decent English.
Yes, Tesshi-e has found someone to translate Escape from Restaurant Minshio who actually has a pretty decent grasp of the English language. The result is that the entire game, even random clicking, will get you English phrases that actually make sense and help you along with your escape. This is a game designer that doesn't rest on their laurels but continues to strive to create better and better plots, puzzles, and an overall experience. Teach Tesshi-e how to program a changing cursor and, well, tomorrow the world!
With the only minor quibble being the slight amount of pixel hunting, Escape from Restaurant Minshio moves Tesshi-e ever closer to that elusive goal: the perfect room escape. Fantastically fun, challenging, and more accessible than ever, Escape from Restaurant Minshio is about as perfect a mid-week experience as you can get. You even get a yummy meal and maybe even a dessert out of the experience. Time to escape! And, maybe, learn something about ill-advised revenge schemes.