Weekday Escape N°50
Oh! Hey, um, you caught me a little by surprise. I guess I've just been real busy at the moment with... Well, never mind what. All will be explained. When the timing is right. But you don't want me yakking on endlessly about all this sort of stuff. You want some more fun free escape games, and it just so happens that I do have a couple of those...ah, um, yes. Here's one from Yomino Kagura, along the same lines of previous Yomino Kagura escape games, but that's a good thing since it's so enjoyably well put-together. More? What, you really want more already? Okay, fine. Here's also a game by Flash 512; it's the third in a series but you can jump right in mid-swing. It's all good. Or, you can play the other two first. This day, this Weekday Escape? Well it's all about you, babe, so go on ahead and dig in...
Escape from the Room with Three Pictures 3 - This latest from Yomino Kagura has a good assortment of puzzles, but something is lost with the quite literal labels on the clues. Instead of using inference to put it all together, as you often would in a Tesshi-e game, all your mental power is tested only as you decode the clues to unravel a series of codes. As usual, the secret to getting out lies in collecting three shapes, placing them in the whimsical blue-checked box, and nabbing the door key. Though on the simpler side, the well-implemented puzzles, together with a setting that blends of 60s era mod decor with game world kitsch, keep the experience pleasantly worthwhile. It'll scratch the escape game itch, but it won't satisfy any substantial game playing urges.
Home Story 3: My Room - Chinese game developer, Flash512, knows how to make great looking escape games. This beautiful room is as interesting to explore as it is to puzzle your way through and escape from. The way isn't completely smooth: some items hide in plain sight because they are too skinny or blend too well with the background; but apart from some difficulties in finding and picking up the required inventory, the Home Story series proves Flash512 as a designer we want to see more from, more often. NOTE: to start the game, scroll down and select one of three "PLAY" links: each will take you to the game in much the same manner, where you'll be asked to sign in with any name you choose.
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