Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 14
Lo.Nyan is playing around a bit with their latest escape game Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 14, although if you think being trapped in a colourful, soothing room filled with toys, crayons to colour with, and a place to nap peacefully is a bad thing, you clearly overestimate my maturity. There's no changing cursor, so you'll have to click on everything if you want to find all the items and clues needed to solve the game's many puzzles, though bars will appear at the edges of the screen when you mouse over them if you can change direction. Remember to check out your inventory with the "About Item" feature if you want to view it up close to see if you can manipulate it, and go ahead and use the save function if you want to take a break. Perhaps more usefully, however, you can use the camera you find early on to take photos of pertinent clues so you don't need to constantly run back and refer to them as you play, though you should note some clues need to be photographed in some fiddly ways. Though the descriptive text is in Japanese, you don't need to know the lingo in order to play.
If there's one thing you can count on with Lo.Nyan, it's to make their escapes as user-friendly as possible, and with the inclusion of a camera and objects that become unselectable in your environment once you've done all you can with them, Room Escape 14 continues that trend. Though the visuals are fairly blurry, the star of the show is, as always, the smart and logical puzzles. While you'll definitely be required to play close attention to your surroundings for clues, pixel hunting is never really an issue, and the puzzle construction favours thought and reasoning beyond messing around with and combining doodads in your inventory... though there are definitely doodads to be found. There are a few nice, unexpected touches as you play that add a welcome bit of charm and whimsy, and the game is juuuuust long enough to be satisfying without overstaying its welcome. While a little of the user interface feels clunky when it comes to capturing photos or manipulating some items, largely Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 14 is a fun and clever, not to mention cute, escape game that's definitely worth your time.
Thanks for Cyberjar88 for sending this one in!