Nekra Psaria 2
It's baa-aack. Nekra Psaria 2 is the sequel to DrawManEater's Nekra Psaria, and fans of the original will be pleased to note that it looks every bit like the horrifying baby of Dr. Seuss and your nightmares as the first one did. When we last left Johnny-boy, the protagonist of this surreal escape game series, he'd successfully fed his giant talking head of a generator and managed to get his power online for some quality vegetating in front of the TV... only to be suddenly surrounded by vegetation, in the heart of a mysterious forest, with ominous forces on his tail. Now he's woken up in an underground cell, and he'll have to traverse the eerie woods... and caverns... and dubious underground laboratories in order to find his way home. What's a guy gotta do to channel flip in peace, huh? Point-and-click his way through one of the most entertainingly unsettling worlds in escape games, apparently!
The Nekra Psaria games bill themselves as escape games, but with their huge, labyrinthine environments, they're really more like walking tours through an exceptionally surreal theme park. The visuals are eye-catching and bizarre, and even the puzzles tend to follow a more dreamlike logic. They're not too difficult to decipher, though, thanks to the game's excellent sense of conveyance... all areas you can interact with are highlighted with a yellow glow whenever you mouse over them. When it comes to using items, you don't need to hunt for hotspots, either... as long as you're in the right scene, clicking on the right item in your inventory will automatically use it wherever it's necessary. The large size of the world does mean it's possible to get lost, though, and the bizarre puzzles can be a roadblock if you can't get in tune with the game's dreamy logic. Conversely, if you do grok it, it's almost too easy and short. But the real fun of Nekra Psaria 2 lies in letting it take you for a ride. It's a big, strange world, intentionally "ugly" in a way that's incredibly visually appealing, full of feverish weirdos, and just when you think you've seen it all, it goes and gets stranger on you. Check your sanity at the door with the fish-faced man, and get ready for weird.