Escape from Santa's Room
Christmas day is almost over now. The presents have been opened, dinner has been eaten, football has been watched, trash has been taken out, and naps have been taken. Now for the downside of the holiday, what to do next? There's nothing on TV, so that's out. You could go see a movie, but it will be crowded and noisy with all of the other folks (and their kids) who had the same idea. So what can you do to keep the spirit of the day alive for a little while longer? Why, play a new Christmas-themed escape the room game, of course! Welcome to Escape from Santa's Room by Tesshi-e, a late in the day escape for folks looking for something to do after the festivities.
The setup is another Tesshi-e classic: you're waiting in a bar for your friend (that looks like the bar from Escape from the Small Bar, doesn't it?) when you fall asleep. In your dreams Santa appears (as he often does) and lets you know that he needs you to save Christmas. Out of curiosity, why does Christmas constantly need saving, anyway? You'd think from these games and numerous TV specials that Christmas is constantly one heartbeat away from never happening. Considering its effect on the retail market and how vital it is to the economy, I really can't see that happening, can you?
Escape from Santa's Room is pretty standard Tesshi-e fare. Nice three dimensional space? Check. Puzzles involving moving pictures and dolls? Check. Rather familiar music? Check. Lack of a changing cursor? Check. Happy coin alternate escape? Check already! Seriously brutal math puzzle that will have you pulling your hair out? Okay, that one is fairly uncommon in the Tesshi-e oeuvre. Fortunately the excellent English translations are still around to guide you on your way.
The recycling of so many familiar puzzles (especially the picture puzzle) makes this sort of "Tesshi-e: The Greatest Hits". Yet, despite the familiarity and the feeling that this was a rush job to make the holiday (the game itself only hit on Christmas Eve), there's lots to enjoy about Escape from Santa's Room. Familiar puzzles or no, Tesshi-e always provides an amusing and intriguing escape experience, with puzzles that flow from one to another with logical procession, making for an organized yet not too easy escape.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy Escape from Santa's Room. And while it may not be Tesshi-e's best, it sure hits all the right notes for room escaping fun, and may help a little with the post-Christmas blues that tend to settle in around 7 pm or so, depending on when dinner was served. Cheer up, and join the escape!