Escape from the Daily Room 3D
For most people, life is filled with constant questions. Why is the sky blue? Why do the birds sing? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does Steve Jobs hate Flash? Why are so many good escape games in Japanese? To answer the last one we could try to draw a correlation between the average living space in Japan and the folks feeling constantly trapped, but that might be considered culturally insensitive. So how about we just guess that the Japanese really like locking people into small spaces. No? Still insensitive? Okay, then it's just one of those things we are not meant to know. Instead, let's busy ourselves with finding our way out of yet another Japanese room escape, Escape from the Daily Room 3D. And once we've escaped maybe we can figure out what exactly is a Daily Room, anyway? Yet another question for the ages...
Created by Strawberry Cafe (Lunar Rainbow Room Escape, Strawberry Cafe Escape), Escape from the Daily Room 3D is your basic room escape, done up nicely in pastel shades of pink, red, and white. A cutesy little three dimensional space, objects to find, puzzles to solve, and a strange creature are all hallmarks of Strawberry Cafe's work, and they are all present in the Daily Room. There's no music to distract from solving the simple puzzles, although there are sound effects galore to let you know if something has worked. Can you find the two (or two and one half, if you count finding the strange little creature) ways out of the room?
On the plus side: a nice save feature so you don't have to play all the way through again to get the second ending, no color-based puzzles to bedevil the colorblind, and easy navigation with the helpful red arrows at the edges of the screen. On the minus side: no changing cursor to let you find the hot-spots, and no English translation. The puzzles, while not difficult, are fun and universal, using numbers and English letters so no knowledge of Japanese is required.
Not the most difficult game, but Escape from the Daily Room 3D hangs together nicely with a blend of puzzle solving and found objects. If you're into that red/pink/white color palette (as Strawberry Cafe obviously is) and enjoy solving your way out of locked rooms, then this can be a delightful way to waste a few minutes. A light, frothy delight perfect to counterbalance the mid-week blahs and the increasing summer heat. The whipped cream with a cherry on top of room escapes, if you will. Enjoy the refreshing treat.