The second month of the year may be short on days, but it stands tall and defiant against anyone wanting to squabble about its lack of length. After all, it beat the odds and with this smaller net caught the birthdays of four American presidents, a decidedly love-centric saint's day (which a friend of mine dubs "singles awareness night"), is also Black History month, all while heralding the beginning of a new season. Those are just some of its better known accomplishments, which are nothing to sneeze at. So as we start saying our goodbyes to this particular February of this particular year, lets do it while enjoying our favorite pastime—playing escape games. To that end, here are three especially selected for such an informal occasion: An unlit maze from Hottategoya, a pruny kitchen from FunkyLand and a Rose Key escape in which February somehow plays a titular role...
Escape from the Dark Maze - Hottategoya's plainest work in a long time, with its monochromatic palate—only a few simple shades of grey—shadowy corners and unadorned walls, exacerbating its most notable feature: Its maziness. Maze haters thus have no aesthetic comfort in this most minimalist environment. But for purists whose spatial reasoning brain centers light up cheerfully, there is nothing to detract from the whole "wander about, discover the boxes, notice the clues, and solve your way along to the exit" experience. You might find it worth the extra time and effort to focus first on exploration, sketching out bit of a map, getting your bearings in order. After that part, the puzzles themselves—typical of Hottategoya, involving some logic and deciphering—are not so imposing as to hold you captured for long.
Fruit Kitchens No.17: Prune Violet - FunkyLand never fails to deliver the whimsy, and by the looks of this kitchen, has quite the talent for interior decorating, being deft at taking a statement color like purple and making it look so kitchen perfect. These aspects of this FunkyLand escape are not so trivial as to go without mention because most the joy in playing comes from the artistic value. That means, if you like challenges but could care less about good looks, this might not be the game for you. Nonetheless, with little in the way of puzzle prowess to stop you, you can effortlessly enjoy the setting before collecting your seven prunes and heading out the door.
February - As the month of February nears its end, it's suddenly quite appropriate you should imagine escaping it. Ergo this escape from Rose Key is an apropos goodbye salute to the spunky, length-challenged month. Okay, mainly it's just about the calendar reading February. Besides a bit of pixel hunting (which is alleviated by the changing cursor), you'll need a smidgen of dexterity to gather up needed items. Then you'll want to apply with a bit of code-breaking savvy to procure the door key. It's simple but charming, not particularly surprising or unique, but somehow has just enough captivating to keep you playing to the end.
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