Three Cat and the Forty Thieves
Choko-Chai knows that when it comes to solving escape puzzles, cats rule and humans drool, so you've got three on hand to help out in Three Cat and the Forty Thieves. Our three feline friends witness an infamous troop of thieves opening a cave with magic words to hide their treasure and decide to sneak in for a peek, only to discover the door closes behind them. But these ain't your ordinary pussycats... they can do more than simply freak out at nothing, lick themselves noisily, and pretend they don't understand what "no" means. They're ready to help you help them get out!
Just click around to look for clues and gather items, relying on the changing cursor to help point out interactive areas, and click "about" once you've highlighted an item in your inventory for a closer look. If you get stuck, consider getting a little help from your friends by clicking the fat cat icon in the lower-left corner of the screen... if they can do anything, all three cats will pop onscreen, and clicking on whatever you need assistance with will make one of them do the work for you. In, uh... unusual ways.
Through the use of a few clever ideas and sneaky clues, Three Cat and the Forty Thieves manages to serve up a cute and quirky escape with an approachable level of challenge for almost anyone. There are a few mildly frustrating bits due to one odd viewpoint transition hidden in a strange spot, as well as one puzzle that might require some trial-and-error unless you add up all the clues, and you'll definitely want to save your game at least once since the game has a bug or two chittering around the upper levels. As a bit of crafty, cutesy midday escaping, however? Three Cat and the Forty Thieves is just the right size of weirdness to enjoy.
Thanks to Cyberjar88 for sending this one in!