Kitchen in Summer
Warm, soft pastel colours. Detailed, cute, cartoony environments. Piles and piles of puzzles. Yep, it's gotta be a Yonashi escape game! In Kitchen in Summer, you're locked cozy but busy little kitchen, full of rattling pots and half-started mise en place, not to mention a fair amount of culinary implements scattered hither and thither. To play, just use the transparent bars that appear when you mouse over the left and right sides of the screen to move around the kitchen, and click on things to zoom in or interact with them. Don't forget to examine items you're carrying up close by clicking the little magnifying glass icon, because you never know if you'll be able to manipulate them into something new or reveal a clue. Kitchen in Summer is very heavy on locks with codes to be deciphered, and you'll spend a lot of your time first scouring the room for the clues you need to do so, then figuring out how to implement them. There's a mild whiff of "adventure game logic" going on, with some items not being able to accomplish tasks that they should, and cracking puzzle solutions can mean some convoluted thinking... though it's just as possible to over think a few of them, too. But while Kitchen in Summer still isn't the longest or most complicated escape game around, it's still extremely clever and creative, working with its setting and theme to deliver some satisfyingly smart puzzles you'll need to think your way through. Yonashi knows how to make games that are cute but no slouch in the difficulty department, either, making Kitchen in Summer a very welcome escape for your time.