Weekday Escape N°40
The Wheel of Time turns, and days come and pass, and before you know it, it's Wednesday again and time for Weekday Escape. It's been a while since you escape game aficionados and I had a chat, so I knocked Elle over the head with a sock full of pennies and left her tied up in a room with a goldfish, a screwdriver, a ticket stub, some coloured plates, Gumby fanfiction, and the jumbled sonnets of a 14th century unknown poet. None of those will actually get her out in any combination, but she doesn't know that, so I've bought you and I a few hours together at least. So what's new? How do you like the new Doctor? Is that a new shirt? Do you want to look at my pony collection? What should we order on our pizza?... man, you don't even care, do you? You just want the games. No, no. It's fine. It's not like I count the minutes until we're together again. Have some Gotmail, Yomino Kagura, and some Choko Chai. Good thing game reviewers don't have feelings or anything.
Closed Train - You doze off on the subway coming home late one night and come awake to find yourself all alone, trapped inside, with only blackness pressing against the windows. It sounds like the plot of a Silent Hill knock-off, but it's actually an escape game by Gotmail. There's no changing cursor to highlight interactive zones, so you'll have to click everywhere, and you'll likely get tired of the "I should look somewhere else" message fairly quickly, but scour the seats and your surroundings and you'll find clues to help you escape. You know, into that "pressing darkness". No, it's cool. You probably won't be eaten by a grue.
Picture of Sea Room Escape - Some people appreciate a good minimalist design when they're decorating, but Yomino Kagura takes it to the extreme by trapping you somewhere even some monks would probably tell you could do with a throw rug and some books or something. The cursor will change to mark interactive zones as you click around, though the text isn't in English, so you'll have to come up with your own descriptions when you click things. "Someone wrapped some twine around the handles." "This is the worst couch anyone has ever conceived." "Seriously would it kill you to put in a TV or maybe some magazines?" Keep your eyes peeled for clues and colours, and you'll be out in no time.
Shokora Shut in the Tower - If you want your escape games adorable, Choko-Chai should probably be on speed dial, and their three fuzzy feline heroes are at it again when a witch captures one of them and locks Shokora away in a forest tower. Which actually makes a lot of sense, since any cat owner will tell you that sometimes it seems cats just vanish for a while into pocket dimensions only to materialize around dinner, so a witch is as good an explanation as any. Travel up and down the tower solving puzzles and finding clues, and remember you can actually use the cats themselves by clicking the kitten picture to get past certain obstacles!