Turn that frown upside-down, and if you're not frowning, just turn your smile 360 degrees anyway for solidarity, because it's against the law to be unhappy when you're playing an adorable escape game from Detarame Factory. Mikke Escape plops you down in a place full of cuddly animals, cute decor, and a number of curious contraptions. To unlock the door, you actually need to find and click on ten circles, which will highlight briefly in red when you do so and let out what may be an alarming musical tone given the silence of the game, so just brace yourself. Click to interact, and use the arrows that appear on the green bands to the left and right of your view to navigate around the room. Click an item once to ready it for use, or double-click it to view it close up.
No bones about it, Mikke Escape is one seriously sunny little game. Though it's cute enough to be a pick-me-up, however, it's also pretty clever when it comes to its puzzles too. The Japanese text can make figuring out what one or two items are a little strange (though contextual image pop-ups help), and the game expects you to know that Shiritori is a particular type of Japanese game in order to solve the associated puzzle, which might be a stretch for some of us Westerners, so remember that Google is your friend. Despite these issues, however, Mikke Escape's charm and whimsy make it a welcome respite from more serious games, and if you're hankering for something sweet and not too challenging, this one is a good bet to make a coffee date with.