It's beginning to look a lot like a standard hope-you're-happy and non-denominational time of year! If you don't celebrate Christmas, then all the themed games that come out around this time of year might be a little much to take. So with that in mind, this week's Weekday Escape is only going to feature one Santa-ridden title, while the other two are your standard "trapped in a room, oh noes!" affair without being seasonally tied. Besides, since when does it need to be a certain time of year to celebrate with no1game, Yamino Kagura, and Just Pine Games? MY REVELRIES WILL NOT BE CONSTRAINED BY YOUR PUNY CALENDAR.
My First Christmas Tree Escape - no1game is making spirits bright with this cute and simple treat about a little girl who finds herself in charge of decorating the family Christmas tree for the first time. She's a little worried she's going to mess up since she's only in kindergarten, but man, come on, kid. There's no bawling in Christmas. This is serious business! It's as adorable and silly as you'd expect, though the lack of a changing cursor to indicate interactive zones means you'll still need to click around a lot whenever you're stuck in case something is hiding somewhere sneaky. But hey, arguably that adds a bit of realism. Who hasn't had to spend an extra minute (... or hour... ) hunting down all those extra decorations that seem to have somehow vanished from one year to the next?
Room With Designed Windows Escape 2 - Yamino Kagura always makes escape games that tend towards the minimalist, and this tidy title is no different. The style of this sparse room is a little art deco, provided your definition of art deco is "only four real colours and a bunch of shapes", and to find a way out you'll need to make sense of all the numbers and coded locks staggered about. Colour is going to play a fairly big part in unlocking the exit, so you'll want to make sure you look closely at your surroundings and think of all the ways they can be interpreted and applied. I guess having a clean, minimalistic room really forces developers to get smart with their puzzles. I can only imagine their reaction if they had to make an escape game out of my office... "What am I supposed to do with a bunch of Spider-Man graphic novels, a white board covered in vulgar jokes, and a sullen betta fish?"
Gangster's Escape - Just Pine Games serves up some swank in this escape, as you try to find another way out of a club, since apparently there's a whole lot of gangsters milling around outside just waiting to put the squeeze on you, as gangsters do. (~*~just gangster thingz~*~) A changing cursor helps you explore expediently, you can click one item in your inventory and then another to try to combine them, and a mellow, funky jazz soundtrack sets the tone. This one is mostly straight-forward, with a satisfying mixture of clue codes and item usage, though maybe in the future you should try to do non wise guy type things if you don't want to keep getting put in these types of situations, you dirty rat.