Escape from the Dome Room
This week's escape the room game is a look back at one of our favorite designers, Tesshi-e. Long before Tesshi-e discovered a save button, long before they found a competent translator, long before we first featured one of their games (Escape from the Living Room), Tesshi-e created a cute little puzzler that deserves a spot in the Weekday Escape spotlight. Welcome to Escape from the Dome Room!
How did we get to the Dome Room? Why are we there? How did we get locked in? As the prologue is entirely in Japanese, it is up to a faithful fellow escaper who can read the language to let us know. All we know is that there is a mysterious door, so of course we have to open it and get ourselves locked in. It's what we do, people, we're room escapers!
Yes, Tesshi-e's later efforts are fun and easier (due to the new translations), but in this case the way-back machine takes us to a simpler time, when the game designers were still finding their feet. Escape from the Dome Room has a lot of the problems that plagued early efforts, no English translation, pixel hunting galore, and very familiar music. But that doesn't mean that the game isn't worth a look-see. Au contraire.
Escape from the Dome Room is still a gem. There are some fun and innovative puzzles, the usual gorgeous scenery, and you frankly just have to love a game that requires that you drink wine to escape the space (ooops, spoiler alert!). Yes, there is pixel hunting, the navigation takes a bit of getting used to, and the clickable areas of some objects are odd, but despite the flaws this is quite a fun little game. Here we see the genesis of what would later become some fantastic games (Escape from Mr. K's Room 2, Escape from Restaurant Minshio). There's a lot to enjoy in this look way back when (all of a year and a half ago). Time sure flies when you're having fun.
So yes, pixel hunting. Yes, no English translation. That doesn't mean you shouldn't give Escape from the Dome Room a try and enjoy seeing this early and amusing effort. As we look forward to the next big thing, a little retrospective never hurts as we also look back to the past and have fun comparing it to the present. And despite the flaws, there is still a lot of entertaining room escaping to be had. And yes, even back then there was an alternate happy coin escape. What are you waiting for? Get drinking! Er, rather, get escaping.