Stamp Rally Escape 1
Stamp Rally Escape is part 1 of an epic, three part struggle, in which you, the player, must face incredible odds, climb unscalable heights, fight unbeatable foes... okay, so not so much of that, actually. Cogito Ergo Sum's latest release might not have any of the above, but it is the first in a three part series of room escape games.
Wan and Nyan, the jumping dog and punching cat, are back for this epic journey to collect stamps. Okay, that does sound rather lame, but if they collect enough stamps or so they are told by a mysterious post card they will get a really cool present. Seriously, that's the setup. They get a piece of mail from a mysterious organization that has created several room escapes just for them to get out of, and at the end are the promised presents.
As with all of Cogito Ergo Sum's escapes this one is on the light and frivolous side, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. In fact, these room escapes featuring the aforementioned animals (see A Cold Escape, and A Hot Escape) are actually quite fun and charming. A nice combination of using found objects and puzzle solving is incorporated as well as the cute conceit of needing to use the powers of these incredible pets to solve your way out.
Navigation is simple as there are arrows at the sides (and sometimes top and bottom) of the screen to show you where you can turn. Click on an item to pick it up, and double click on inventory items to see them in close up. You will begin with a card from your mysterious benefactors that has ten spaces for stamps, rather like one of those cards you get in restaurants and other stores where you fill up the spaces and get a free meal or whatever. In this case, along with finding objects to help you solve puzzles you will be looking for nine rubber stamps that, when found, will automatically stamp your card for you. Yes, nine stamps, as the nice folks who set up this scenario have kindly started you off with the first stamp.
The puzzles are a nice mix in Stamp Rally Escape 1, including a nice twist on the classic old "click on the corners of this picture until it falls down" puzzle. There is, unfortunately though, a bit of pixel hunting involved due to no changing cursor. On the upside, there's a mute button and a save button, not that this amusing little puzzle should take long enough for you to need to use them. And the backgrounds are the usual pastel cartoony style that Cogito Ergo Sum does so well.
Not rocket science, and certainly not in the league of, say, Neutral, Stamp Rally Escape 1 is still amusing and entertaining casual gameplay. And, of course, although at the end all you get is a special gold stamp (you will need three to get the promised cool present), you also have the promise of more to come. So join Wan and Nyan on their quest for consumer goods of an undetermined variety. Do it for the challenge. Do it for pride. Heck, do it for the funny-bone tickling "Engrish". And do it for the cool presents!