Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 12
One of the five love languages is gift giving and no gift speaks from the heart more than home baked cookies. But when you live inside Lo.Nyan's house, baking involves more than opening a bag of Pepperidge Farms onto a plate and spreading frosting on top (this method works in other situations, though; believe me, no one would ever question you). Not only do you have to find all the proper cookie ingredients and bake them up proper, you must also escape the room. Ergo making your way out of the lovely and whimsical Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 12 means donning your sleuth's cap under your baker's hat, finding useful items and solving the puzzles sprinkled about the room. This is done easily because of Lo.Nyan's user friendly UI—with a simple point-and-click you can explore your surroundings, pick up items, examine and combine inventory, and even use a camera to take pictures of clues. Any inventory item that works as a clue can be "held": use "about item" then click the arrow to shift it to the left so neither screenshots nor note-taking are needed to solve puzzles. Instead, you can relax a bit in these gorgeous surroundings and concentrate efforts where the fun is at.
One of the complaints in previous Lo.Nyan escapes was the inability to save progress, which meant finding both endings required playing the game twice. This time around, you only need remember to use "Save" before picking up the lucky clover, although there is one other catch: you must also pick up the clover before you open the oven. With that drawback out of the way, there's not much to dislike about Room Escape 12 although crisper graphics would be appreciated and there are times when it's not clear where items should be used. Things don't always go along as you'd expect in real life (a good thing, really, because if I had that lightening quick oven, I'd never stop eating). It's not always purely sensical or intuitive, but everything can be solved by applying inference and a bit of experimentation. The puzzles themselves are logical and fun, with a number of delightful touches to elevate the experience into surreal whimsy. With its pleasing aesthetics and playfulness, Room Escape 12 is like a gift to all room escape fans and is sure to put a warm smile on your day.