N's Room Escape
What kind of charmed life must you live to have the sort of friends who spend all their time carefully crafting rooms into elaborate escape game scenarios for you? In Tesshi-e's N's Room Escape, your buddy N has sent you a note to try out their latest room escape scenario, and in addition to all the puzzles to solve and cunning contraptions, it's got one heckuva view. To play, just click around to explore and interact with objects, making sure to be diligent in checking things as there's no changing cursor to help guide you. Though the design may seem spartan, refusing to succumb to that relaxing guitar soundtrack and take a nap will reveal that there are a lot of sneaky tricks strewn around if you can sniff them out. It may not take you as long as you'd expect (or hope), but where there's Tesshi-e, there's a smile... and a Happy Coin!
If you've played a lot of Tesshi-e's games (and, let's be honest, if you're an escape fan you most likely have), then a lot about N's Room Escape is going to feel pretty "by rote" for you. It's not just the recurring bird and hippo motifs, it's elements like the painting-corner puzzle, and the comparative simplicity of some of the mechanics here versus some of Tesshi-e's more brain-bursting efforts. You'll still need to put your thinking cap on, especially since some puzzles are a little odd to interpret initially, and some items are well hidden, but those of you who come champing at the bit like mighty escape game warhorses might find this isn't the in-depth challenge you'd hoped for. Still, Tesshi-e is Tesshi-e, and even if they might have served up bigger and better in the past, their beautiful design and smart gameplay makes them a cut above many others. N's Room Escape may not cage you for long, but it's perfectly pleasant and a welcome respite for any fan of the genre.