With two endings and a map so big you need to find and activate teleportation crystals to find your way around it more easily, Robamimi isn't messing around with their escape game Gargoyles. In fact, they warn at the start of the game (the default language is already set to English!), you'll even want to keep a pen and paper nearby to keep track of clues! It's time to put on your Big Kid Pants, in other words, but your reward, if you can successfully explore this calm maze, is a great treasure. Your cursor will change when it passes over something you can click on to interact with, and the arrows that appear at the edges of the screen represent your ability to move around the area, though you should still explore on your own to find everything to click on. If you get stuck, clicking "hint" might give you a nudge in the right direction! Provided it, uh, doesn't wind up making you clutch your pearls. (Hey, I'm not going to judge. Do you know how little Japanese I speak? The pained, polite face the waitress at my favourite sushi place makes when I try to pronounce things may give you a clue. Respect, Robamimi.)
It's been a while since we've seen something from Robamimi as I write this, but clearly they haven't been idle. Gargoyles is a pretty substantial game, and its puzzles run the gamut from straightforward "use round item in round hole" variety to real head scratchers that will take some thought to work your way through. There are a lot of codes and patterns to memorize (or write down), so keeping track of everything is hard enough without being sure whether you're actually looking at something the right way to make use of it, though Gargoyles does fairly well at leading you without overwhelming you with information. The crystal teleporation is a nice touch, since it does get a little clicky otherwise backtracking through all the screens that eventually open up. With its chilled out, environmental soundtrack, Gargoyles is easy to get engrossed in, with an air of mystery and discovery as you uncover each new location. If you like an escape game with a whole lot of meat on its bones that you'll want to roll up your sleeves to tackle, Gargoyles is an easy recommendation, and a prime example of why Robamimi's fans keep coming back year after year.