It's time again for Weekday Escape, and since I'm feeling a little bit adventuresome, let's take a look at three escape games that remind us that escape-the-room games are really a spinoff of the classic point-and-click adventure genre. Each of the following creations from Selfdefiant, Tototo Room and Esklavos—while distinctly different in their artistic renderings—are replete with rewards for those willing to explore and experiment. Best of all, you don't need to pack your bags, stand in airport security lines, or learn to talk like the locals. Just point and click...
Break Free the Temple - If that little Indiana Jones sitting on your shoulder is becoming a nag, this escapade from Selfdefiant is just the thing to shut him up, at least for the 5 or 10 minutes it'll take you to break out of your makeshift prison inside this labyrinth temple. While part of a themed series of Break Free titled escapes, it stands on its own merits and feels satisfyingly complete with a clean interface, changing cursor, no pixel hunts and rather strait-forward puzzling while puzzles have minigame aspects to them. There are a lot of rooms and walls to explore so it's possible to lose your bearings and get a bit lost, but that's all part of the adventure. You can't earn your dusty leather fedora and whip without upsetting a few local tribes. What are you, after all, a tourist or a great explorer?
Button Escape 14 - Until last week's Button Escape 24, all the find-the-button entries we've featured from Tototo Room have been single-walled affairs. While Tototo Room does a fine job of packing in lots to do within those flat scenes, I must admit I enjoy being able to turn around and scan what's behind me. So #14 merits a spin of the time-turner to find another once-overlooked gem. The hand-drawn artwork is humble and charming while the challenge paddles close to the shallow end of the pool, yet the multiple rooms and cleverly-presented puzzles keeps it interesting. With the simple goal of looking for and clicking on eleven buttons, this might not be a grandiose exploit worthy seasoned escapers yet it's an enjoyable sojourn all the same. Because of those moments when you just need to chill.
Ancient Forest Escape - Once upon a time, the world was infused with magical places where enchanted portals could transport you wherever you needed to go. Esklavos harkens back to those times with this beautiful and atmospheric escape. The interface will feel rather clunky for those of us spoiled by the likes of Robamimi and Kotorinosu, yet it's mostly a matter of remembering to select the hand icon before highlighting and using objects and, if you do find reason to combine your inventory, selecting the plus icon is the way to go. Sure, we think it's time for new music and more originality in the puzzles department, but it's the richly saturated artwork and a chance to be part of a fantasy adventure that makes Ancient Forest Escape worth our notice. Success requires some inference and experimentation, but otherwise escape is easy: just collect the four colored keys and turn them in their respective keyholes. I only wish all means of transportation were so magical.
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