For coy playfulness and understated charm, Yonashi's escape games are like little treasures found in the window of a whimsical shop in some quaint seaside town you visit on vacation. They're colorful toys that wordlessly catch your attention from afar and draw you in, leaving you to ponder over little details that seem incongruous with the rest of the parts, pieces of inventory that make no sense, until they do. Mori Room serves as a quintessential example of these Yonashi traits, with a few quirks thrown in. You start with the basic locked-up-in-a-room setup—point and click to navigate and examine all this setting has to offer. Its subtitle, "Chameleon, etc." has it about right, too; a uniquely talented chameleon and an assortment of other fine friends, both animal and inanimate, will guide you through puzzles until you reach your ultimate destination: a fantastical escape.
While Mori Room is as effervescently charming as you've come to expect after playing other Yonashi creations such as Cut! and No Name Room, it has some quirks that make it more abstruse than previous games have been. Foremost is the contrary use of a changing cursor. Sometimes you'll need to scan the scene with your cursor, using it like a geiger counter to point out areas where you can set up inventory or grab a useful item. Then there are other times when the cursor changes are unreliable because, well, it doesn't. Then you just have to guess where you might put that handy tool, such as that cool new stepladder you found. Yet that's the biggest problem you'll encounter, if you don't count a few tempting red herrings and inaccessible-but-interesting objects found throughout the four "rooms" as you progress. There is so much fun in discovering how each piece will work, though, and the clue presentation is amusingly creative, you'll want to trudge past potential frustration out of curiosity for what's next. Mori Room might lose some favor for its flaws, but it's hard to stay mad for very long. Not once you are congratulated in the most openly happy ways upon your escape.