Escape from the Art Studio
So a friend has called you over to visit his art studio. Are you going because you are both friends? Are you going because you appreciate art? Or are you going on the off chance that he has turned his studio into a classic escape-the-room game? Well, if you're Tesshi-e (and wouldn't it be nice to be Tesshi-e?), it's the latter. Welcome to Escape from the Art Studio and welcome to Weekday Escape!
What would it be like to actually live in Tesshi-e's world? Seriously, a world in which everyone you encounter, friends, relatives, co-workers, bosses, even complete strangers do nothing but modify places so that they are a tricky puzzle to figure your way out of (not like in real life, as these things would probably involve charges being filed). How cool would that be? Or how inconvenient, depending on your tolerance for exploring and puzzle solving.
As always navigation is by bars at the sides and bottom of the screen, and the controls are handy and include a mute button and a save button. The scenery is, of course, gorgeous and definitely makes you want to slow down and take your time while exploring this amusing little space. Everything looks so realistic you could almost be there. Well, almost, because frankly no art studio that ever existed could be this neat, tidy, and organized. Trust me, I went to art school.
Escape from the Art Studio has a nicely balanced mix of exploration, puzzles, and use of found objects. Even better, the puzzles have become more unique for a Tesshi-e escape, especially the little robots with the moving arms. These escapes continue to evolve, rarely falling back on cliché d, "I've seen this before" puzzles. That is one of the reasons that Tesshi-e escapes are so entertaining.
Has Tesshi-e found that changing cursor? Well, no, not yet. But with such an uncluttered space (seriously unrealistic for an art studio), there's not a lot of pixel hunting to be found. Some use of combined objects, but no construction. Of course everything is made so much easier with the new English translations. And yes, Virginia, there is a happy coin escape as well.
Escape from the Art Studio isn't in Neutral's league, but it is an amusing and fun little romp through room escaping funland. Something to awaken your escaping spirits and beguile your little gray cells as you wander around to the rhythm of a very familiar tune. That's the wonder of Tesshi-e escapes; they keep getting better and better! Start your engines, guys, it's time for your mid-week break.