It's the end of 2014 which means this is the last Weekday Escape of 2014. To mark the occasion, let's raise our glasses in a toast to a few of 2014's mostest. So cheers and brrrrs to you, Ice Bucket Challenge, for giving us laughter, a few tears, and awareness of a very good cause. The ante can only be upped from here, think: 2015 breath fire dare? Next, cheers to All About That Bass, for not only did you get us to shake it, but the spin-offs and mash-ups ensured it'll be well into 2016 before the tune fades into quietude. Cheers, Alex From Target, for making thousands of school girls swoon by doing nothing—no song, no video, no magazine cover, just a red shirt and a name tag—that's true ninja heart throb skill in action! Thusly, we should also toast Heart Emoji for taking less than three and turning it into that which makes the world go around; 143 could only watch in envy. But let's save our most ebullient cheers for the escape games that inspired and entertained us since Tesshi-e's Mr. K never let us down, Lo.Nyan's gorgeous interiors became free luxury vacations, Haretoki's strange contraptions let us play like kids again. Plus there was this by Mateusz Skutnik because of you, JIG community. As we're toasting and sharing memories, here's a few more to close out the year...
Fruit Kitchens No.15: Apricot Orange - This thirteenth year of the 21st century, or the 3rd millennium if you want to be all technical and forward-minded about it, was certainly a prolific one for FunkyLand. Can you believe we only met this innovative whimsy-maker less than one year ago? Now we are all good buddies, happily riffling through FunkyLand's cupboards and raiding their fridge as if we're family. Which we are, of course. This installment, which has us seeking out seven apricots, is on the simpler side: no coyly presented codes to decipher or obtuse feats to accomplish. Where it gets tricky is in the actual hiding spots of both fruit and answers. Diligent searching will quickly turn up the solutions and the door key soon materializing before your eyes.
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Hottategoya has found their niche well before the year began, but this year has shown us that Hottategoya can still bring it. Refined and polished graphics add to the triple-treat styling for escapes that please. The minimalism of design allows for clues embedded in the furnishings that, along with less-than-obvious solutions, makes for a game that's both beautiful and intelligent. Plus, it's fun despite being so similar to other entries in the series. As per usual, solve three codes to collect three gems, using those to gain the door key, and...voila! You're out.
Find the Escape-Men 131: The Christmas Party - Ah, the silliness, the games, the occasional awkward remark, and those dreaded pixel hunts! No1Game's escape-men antics always managed to keep us coming back for more. There is an undeniably affable charm to these little greenies, it's hard to not feel we're all having one big party together. Ergo this episode is so aptly festive. Unfortunately, all your friends have bailed out on the festivities, you can either rage in anger or make do by turning up your own fun (try both!). It's less prone to pixel hunts than some Escape-Men games, but there's some dubiously unspecific clues. Be sure to thoroughly examine everything and take the initiative to use items in unintuitive ways. Other than that, it's the usual story: search everywhere for ten escape-men and, when you have them all, your party will go on.
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