The Bar is a breathtakingly beautiful point-and-click room-escape game presented by IDAC and translated by Mark Bowers. It begins with an intriguing story of a couple who promise that if they parted they would meet again in 50 years at this bar. The lovers have separated, time has passed, and here you are waiting at the empty bar. But... where is she? The Bar is a very atmospheric room-escape game that steals you with its ambience and stunningly rendered scenery then holds you with some challenging puzzles.
The Bar is an item-centric game where you must collect various objects from around the bar and use them in creative ways. You're limited to one room that you can pivot around in and search, but you'll need to turn around every corner, lift every napkin and mix every drink to find what you need.
A major part of the game is using items in conjunction with each other. Simply click on an item in your inventory and choose "About". A close-up of the chosen object appears and you can click on it for more info. To use another item with this one, just click it while in this zoomed-in mode, then click on the item you're viewing. If you've used an item for its purpose it greys out in your inventory and can no longer be selected.
Analysis: Like most room escape games, The Bar combines one part exploration and two parts frantic clicking. An oddly welcome gameplay mechanic are arrows you click to change views inside the bar. This frees the rest of the screen for mad mouse clicking sprees to find new items and crannies to peer into.
My only complaint is that toward the end a few of the puzzles are quite obscure. Only through completely random luck (or cheating) can you find out what to do next. A few puzzles seem to have nothing to do with the story, they're just problems that need to be solved in order to proceed. A bit of a disappointment, but the rest of the game is very rewarding.
Give The Bar a try.