I almost forgot it was Wednesday! I got a little too caught up in something new I've been trying: "being in the moment." Apparently, people who study these kinds of things have come up with the idea that all this modern lifestyle—internet, phones, social media, and the like—have abbreviated our attention spans and evolved our brains to constantly need new stimuli. That could be why stories like Cheryl Strayed's Wild are so compelling; staking out a "peace" of the wild, escaping the trappings of modern life, is not an uncommon dream although fewer do it than dream it. Still, who wouldn't feel a little anxious leaving home without a phone in hand? How comfortable would you be without internet for a month? Sure it's important to be aware of surroundings and appreciate a slower pace. Yet, as I'm always saying around here: Escape games? They're the good way. Folks who escape-the-room on a regular basis, you're used to looking closely at your surroundings, noticing small details and perhaps even a few clues. You already have immense appreciation for a more relaxed, touristy pace through life just as you usually prefer relaxing, mediative games. So it's okay to get lost in thought as you play these next three escapes from Tototo Room, FunkyLand and No1Game. There's no hurry, no time limits, and no finish line: Just an open door into the world...
Fruit Kitchens No.18: Pomegranate Red - As you can infer from the title, seven pomegranates are your key to the door key in this latest from FunkyLand, who eschews the usual overabundance of whimsy for a scene right out of House Beautiful. While the lovely red "rock apple" fruit is aesthetically pleasing by its own merits, this kitchens charm is less effervescent. Mostly a straight-forward endeavor, the challenge relies on subterfuge: a couple necessary items are well-hidden while, without a changing cursor, it's a bit harder to figure out how things operate around here. More and more I long to see what FunkyLand could create on a larger scale but, meanwhile, Pomegranate Red is a pleasing sojourn whether you rush through in 60 seconds or spend a leisurely coffee break on it.
Find the Escape-Men 141: EM Bucket Challenge - In this latest hide-and-seek-with-green-guys from No1Game, you have been issued a dare of sorts, the baton has been passed to you: Fill a bucket with ten escape-men to complete the challenge or your buddy will never let you hear the end of it. And so, trapped inside a rather banal room, you're to search it for out-of-the-ordinary clues and any other suspicious area where escape-men can hide. Here you'll find many typical No1Game idiosyncrasies with a bit of No1Game uniqueness in the puzzles; they feel a bit more inventive, the presentation is creative and requires a bit more than simply finding a code as you must think about how to use it as well as how to best employ your inventory. As always, there is a jovial story to tie it all together.
Button Escape 30 - There is a certain offbeat jubilance found in playing a Button Escape by Tototo Room. Perhaps because of the hand-drawn graphics or the characters who are now becoming familiar to us. And it's fun to seek-and-find the eleven hidden buttons while solving codes and completing a slew of adventure-esque tasks. This episode is exactly as you'd expect if you've played these before. Although some discomfiture comes in an inconsistency (if it's not edited out) regarding how you acquire a certain item. At the time of this writing, there's two ways to do it. One way might leave you clueless about the kitty in the tree. That's as much hinting as I can give. So if you also get stuck, restart or try checking here for a few more clues.
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