PonPon House 2 - Odekake
Upon first beginning PonPon House 2, you may find yourself with a strange sense of déjà vu—those rounded, almost huggable graphics, those cutely surreal furnishings, they just seem so familiar. As well they might; the initial environment is nearly identical to the original PonPon House. Fear not, however; not only are the initial puzzles different (and a bit more original, in my opinion), the new PonPon House greatly expands upon the first game by adding several different locations to explore and puzzles to solve.
This game is a pure pleasure to play. The whole experience is gentle and dreamy, without any sense of urgency or danger. There is some Japanese text, but none of it is essential to comprehending or solving the puzzles. I also quite liked the continuity between the first and second games; it was neat going back to the first PonPon House and seeing many of the new game's items represented in the original. All in all, a lovely, not-too-tough respite from an increasingly hectic world.