Weekday Escape N°42
I had an introduction for you, folks. It was right here, no joking. So let this be a lesson for you, which I very recently learned through my freewheeling cavalier oh-I'll-just-real-quick-step-away-for-a-phone-call—backing up your creative endeavors, no matter how small or large, is a good habit to be in. Anyways, the intro? It went something along the lines of "embrace new things, treasure old things," and all that sort of muck muck, closed with a witty (very profound and very insightful) platitude about taking the opportunities life gives you. I really have to tell you, it was some of my best work. You would've loved it. Anyhow, here are three new (and not-so-new) escape games for your Weekday Escape enjoyment...
Frog Lake Escape - from Sanpoman has a sweet pastel artwork that might make you think one of Yuri's little chicks will pop up out of hiding at any moment. Although lacking an English translation, you should be able to solve your way through without knowing Japanese. Puzzles are equally cute and, with one notable exception, not too tricky. Perhaps the one thing players will most be confused by is in trying to meander through this pleasant pastoral scene and explore all possible notable spots in the landscape...and through the hidden froggy tunnels. So, because you start out already outside, you might say to yourself, "Why would I need to escape? I'm already free," and just stay put. But there's more to escaping than just being not inside. Besides, those trees are not budging. If you don't mind the discombobulating navigational trials, then there's much about Frog Lake to keep you smiling through the end.
Fresh Bathroom Escape - Since Flash512 asks you to pick a nickname, for score-saving purposes, before beginning play, I suggest "ellerules" or "giveellecash". We might start a thing yeah? Besides I could use some extra cheer-up. I can't say I was absolutely happy that this escape trapped me in a bathroom again (real story, that happened; it was quite traumatic), but at least this time instead of pounding on the door and yelling for help, escape is just a matter of calling brain cells to action. Okay. This can be done. Fresh Bathroom Escape indeed has a fresh design and a well-implemented interface, with some logical puzzles to go along with it all. It's short, but enjoyable; I mean, size doesn't count for that much does it? Also, why haven't we featured Flash512 in so long? I'm not sure. But if there are more games like Fresh Bathroom upcoming, you will be seeing plenty Flash512 under the JIG spotlight in the future.
Yuk Escape 2 - I might be a little off on the translation of this title by Kamokichi (there's Search Also Toka Duck and Be Original Toka Duck to consider as well), but we can talk names and meanings later. What you'll find when you click past the title screen to begin playing is that same Sanrio-ish charm you've enjoyed in Strange Little Searching and other Kamokichi creations. Here it's not a lock with a missing key keeping you inside, but a rather disgruntled-looking doggie. What are you going to do to get out the door? Solve the series of item-use puzzles and open some codes to find the object you need to escape.
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