Here in the Weekday Escape studios, things tend to be rather heavily biased toward free online escape games. Which is great: What's not to love about being able to turn on your computer, open your browser, and plug into fun puzzles all centered on the concept of escaping from your confinement? There's not only enjoyment in the actual mental stimulation, there is immense satisfaction in the symbolic escape from your surroundings. So this week, besides living up to expectations and presenting three typical escape games—brought to you by Hottategoya, No1Game and FunkyLand—I thought I'd break out of the mold and suggest a few things different. After all, if it's been a while since you've dug through the JayIsGames archives, perhaps this week's featured trio will be the inspiration to get you started...
Escape from the Similar Rooms 18 - In yet another entry in the escape multiple-like-looking-rooms series, Hottategoya returns to the one puzzle per room format, leaving you stuck in each room until you can piece together the clues and solve your way through the door leading to the next room. Some animations make a pen and notepad come in very handy. Yet the logic used is solid, nothing too abstruse, while the aesthetics, albeit rather basic and white, are soothing and pleasing to the eye. And if you're enjoying this multiple-doors-to-get-open thing, you should also try 58 Works' DOOORS games, such as DOOORS 4.
Find the Escape-Men 135: A Typical Escape Game 3 - from No1Game starts out in the quintessential escape game way: you wake up, lump on head, in a strange environment, unsure how you got there. There's no other story or reason to why you must do this but, if you're going to get anywhere, you need to collect ten escape-men. Since the object of the game focuses on finding, much of the gameplay is about the search: clicking on and examining every angle and object in each scene. Once clues are found, simple calculations result in needed solutions. No, it's not the most original or inspired entry in the Escape-Men series. Just typical. That doesn't mean it isn't good for whiling away a few minutes of break time. And for those of us who can't get enough hide-and-seek in our days, it's always good to have Little Things Forever nearby.
Fruit Kitchens No.16: Banana Yellow - The premise here is this: you're stuck in this funky yellow kitchen and, to unlock the door and exit, you must find and collect seven pieces of fruit. This is done quickly enough by searching every detail of the scene and solving a few simple puzzles. It has perhaps come to the point that FunkyLand and whimsical are synonymous. Perhaps to the point that they've gone bananas with whimsy-superfluity! And if you don't know what I mean, expose yourself to more such things as whimsy, kitsch, and funk by trying Little Gardens or This Way Up.
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