Sunken Room Escape
Among the myriad of escape-the-room scenarios—besides the general "Hey, I'm in a locked room, let me out of here!" many reasons urge us to seek escape—being half-submerged in a room full of water and sea creatures has to be one of the most creative and compelling. Imagine the discomfort of prune skin and claustrophobia that would start to sink in! Yet it'd be worth it to experience Sunken Room Escape, the dreamlike aquatic abode from the imagination of MyGames888 and the beautifully-rendered setting for our midweek sojourn.
All the usual rules for playing escape games are also in place here: point-and-click everywhere you can, trying to make sense of the enigmas in your surroundings. What is in that shell and how do you get to it? Is that sawfish safe or is he behind bars for a reason? Those questions and more can only be answered by savvy detective skills and clever thinking. Gather up as many clues and items as possible, figure out how to put them toward puzzle solutions, pressing forward with a bit of experimentation, until you gain the exit code and can be free from this watery trap. Watch out for some misdirection as well as clues that seem impossibly hidden until spotted, in which case they seem so obvious you might do a face-palm.
As evidenced by this selection and 3 Small Keys, MyGames888 has a talent for aesthetically pleasing yet minimalist, surreal environments and inventive puzzles. Yet, in this case, there are a few quirks in navigation: a couple instances where you can't help but think the presentation should be better. First, there's the need of a reset button (rather than having to zoom back out and in) and, second, the help of a changing cursor to prevent overlooking important active areas is always a welcome tool. These quibbles, as well as the stagnant on-screen arrows, dull the polish of an otherwise overall lovely experience. Still, it's impossible to be disappointed when enjoying this unique game set in a world that's not only fun to slosh about in, the cool "Congratulations!" screen is sure to leave you smiling.