Adorably chic and perfectly round, you lure me inside without making a sound.
I see shells of blue and red, clocks and plants, but why, do tell, is that doll on the bed?
How one into madness you send, is it simply the mystery? Or just how quickly it ends?
The PonPon House is an adorable point-and-click adventure from the Japanese game design group, Orange Biscuit. Short and sweet, this one isn't likely to take up much time or energy. However, with the soothing background sounds of a gentle sea combined with elegant scenery, the game is more like a journey through a landscape painting rather than an adventure.
Thankfully, this game does not require any pixel hunting. As you mouse over an area, the cursor will change, revealing a clickable location. Some items can be picked up and combined with other items. While the game is not too difficult to figure out, it doesn't include much English instruction. This can create a few awkward moments. For instance, it appears at first that there will be no inventory; an object can just sit wherever you leave it. So, later, when objects do go into the inventory, they'll seem to simply disappear. To open the inventory, simply click on the lettering in the upper right of the playing screen. The other awkward moment in this game comes at the rather ambiguous end. There is a typical "I've escaped!" sequence, but afterwards, you can continue manipulating at your leisure. The whole end is a bit fishy, if you ask me.
Even with its minor quirks and short length, the PonPon House makes the perfect getaway for Spring Break. Besides, unlike a beach house in Cancun, this one is free.