This is going to be hard to hear, so it's better if I come straight out and say it. So, you know, get prepared. Just squeeze eyes shut, focus mind on a happy place, and look away as the bandage's ripped off in one swoop. It's for the good—it's only by knowing the truth, and confronting the reality of it, that any positive progress can be made toward a solution. So...ready? It is Wednesday already! I mean, sheesh! We're already three weeks into 2015 and time continues rolling on as if ignoring our efforts to, like, hang onto precious moments and all that like. Alright. I didn't surprise you at all. Did I? Yeah, I can see that by how you're rolling your eyes and clucking your tongue. And I bet you think you know which three new escape games are spilling out of the Weekday Escape inbox on my desk, too? Ah, fine then. I won't be rambling on with details, repeating myself and having you think: "Here she goes on about that again." We'll just get directly to the matter at hand. Have a look...
Monster House - Yonashi continues to prove talent for infusing cartoonish personality into all their escape games as the artful design entertains through a happy use of animation and playful surprises. In this case, such a quality not only adds to the puzzle aspects of the game, it supersedes them. Well, that can happen: sometimes the creative concept for a puzzle will seem right, but it doesn't always work in the execution. Did that happen here? Maybe. Just don't count too quickly or start thinking you need to understand Japanese vocabulary; go a little beyond intuitive answers and I think you'll puzzle your way through these monsters' abode just fine. You might be out quickly, or maybe it'll while away half the afternoon. Who's to judge your speed? Not me! The cuteness at the end is a fun reward for however much time it takes to get through.
Girl's Room No.1: Lipstick - FunkyLand has returned from a short hiatus with a brand new series full of feminine frills, cosmetics and silly pink things. I will admit I was expecting this to take place inside a Sephora, was even a tad miffed it doesn't. I can't stay mad at FunkyLand, though—the winks of whimsy are too irresistibly smile-inducing. Instead of looking for things you'd put in your mouth, you're looking for something to put on your mouth: five tubes of pink lipstick. Even if you're not all that into makeup, if you like FunkyLand, you will like this game, too—there's not much that's different from candy rooms or fruit kitchens in terms of style and mechanics. Good, right? Because no one likes when somebody changes a formula that works...or discontinues your favorite shade of eyeliner (yes, that means you, Urban Decay).
Find the Escape-Men 134: The Forest Restuarant - For more hide-n-seek fun with our favorite running mini green dudes, No1Game is taking us out to dinner. The catch is, the venue is some trendy "do it yourself" establishment and no one is eating until you get to work making some delicious stew. Find and pick-up ten escape-men to help you do it. As you do, not only will you encounter No1Game's usual tricks of not-so-obvious active areas and easily missed hotspots, you'll discover three ways to end the game as well. The puzzles aren't hard once you have clues in hand, but the stew can be rather finicky in its preparation. There are also some particularly sneaky green guys who, I'm guessing, will be overlooked by a lot of you out there.
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