This week's Weekday Escape combines both classic room escape conventions (finding and using objects, puzzle solving) with the fun of a classic word riddle. Yes, Robamimi is at it again with yet another "Who Am I?" iteration, R20 Who Am I?
This is now the fourth "Who Am I?" we've seen from Robamimi, one of the best Japanese room escape designers out there. Once again you must search the room not only for puzzles and useful items but for five "hint" cards as well. Each hint card is a clue to the final riddle, "Who Am I?", which must be solved to escape the space. As with the others in this series, the answer to "Who Am I?" is pretty simple, but only a small part of the larger escaping whole.
Of course, Robamimi being what it is, you can expect top-notch controls, navigation, and inventory control. Also packed into this delightful little package is a save feature, a mute button, and even a hint feature if you get stuck. Best of all is something that other designers could stand to put in their games, textual clues for the color-based puzzle. Considering how prevalent red-green colorblindness is amongst the general population, it is nice to see something color-based that also has clear, concise English words explaining precisely what shade is present. There is also the choice (presented on the title page) of either playing in either Japanese or English.
R20 Who Am I? is a little more somber than the previous escapades of "Who Am I?". The space is darker, the music is rather sad, and the little screwdriver-wielding plastic man so familiar from previous escapes is nowhere in evidence. Like the other games in the series this is not a long nor complicated escape but still a lot of fun while it lasts.
What makes Robamimi escapes so great is of course the fantastic game design. You can have the hardest, most original puzzles out there, but if there is pixel hunting involved, or you have difficulty accessing inventory items, or the space is just so cluttered or pixilated that you can't tell what is important to examine, then what you will find is less praise from your players and more complaints. Granted, puzzles can make or break the enjoyment of a room escape, but good quality design goes a long way, and as usual Robamimi delivers in every way imagineable.
Not terribly difficult but with a lot of entertainment value, R20 Who Am I? is a great addition to the Robamimi catalog and an amusing way to break up the week. Nowhere near as difficult as, say, Smile For Me and without the sentiment of Dad or First Love, R20 Who Am I? is relaxing, mind-stretching escaping goodness wrapped up in a really well designed bow.