Escape from the Knight Room
In Tesshi-e's plinky-plonky-soundtrack'd escape game Escape from the Knight Room, you're just looking to take it easy when you get a note from your old friend Mr. K about a strange room he's found, and wouldn't you know it? Now you're trapped inside, and all you've got to keep you company are a few suits of armor, some fine art... oh, and puzzles and secret mechanisms, of course. To play, just click around and explore! Without anything so fancified as a changing cursor, it's up to you to discover what's interactive and what isn't by combing every surface... seriously, there's some sneaky things going on here. To make progress, you may need to be persistent, or even a little rough, but hey, you don't play an escape game without breaking a few eggs... or... omelets... or... something. Somebody really needs to create a list of escape game proverbs. A Happy Coin in the hand is worth a pixel hunt in the bush... ?
Escape from the Knight Room is one of those games that's a lot more complicated than it initially seems. Compared to some of Tesshi-e's previous work it almost looks empty, but you can find yourself stonewalled fairly early on with the codes and tricks you'll be dealing with. Not all of it is intuitive, if only because at least one of the things you're required to do might not occur to you since the item in question doesn't seem to be responding to your attempts to meddle with it, and one puzzle might have you spinning in circles trying to crack its code. On the other hand, the way the game opens up with more layers and puzzles as you progress shows just how good Tesshi-e is at nesting clever puzzles inside your surroundings. While some of Escape from the Knight Room will definitely require you to wake your brain up, once you start piecing the clues together, you can't help but admire how smart a lot of it is. But then... it wouldn't be a Tesshi-e escape if it wasn't, right?