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Weekday Escape N°68


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Weekday Escape

elleHere we are again: Gathered together by this intangible connection through the interwebs and, although not something we can put a finger on, it's no less real nor is it insubstantial. I think (and forgive me if I'm being too forward but) we have something special between us—you, me, everyone. It's not just like. We don't simply like these escape games. This is a considerably more poetic, personally resonating and meaningful thing. We're not on the fringe of society, either. Escape games got the Hollywood spotlight, albeit with a bit of parody, in a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory. But to explain too much explains away part of the coolness of it, eh? Still, I don't want to march in here without preamble and just toss out a few games and say: "Uh, here. Give them a try." That'd be far too...what. Dismissive. Abrupt. Unappreciative of our unique bond. Right? Right. So, now we're all in symbiotic accord on the matter, let's skip formalities and get on to it: Everybody, here is this week's Weekday Escape...

Escape from the Room Surrounded by Bookshelves 3Escape from the Room Surrounded by Bookshelves 3 - Hottategoya's clean, sparse and expertly designed abodes are more than a feng shui How To guide—Such minimalism makes it possible to embed puzzle clues into the setting while maintaining an aesthetic balance. Its brevity disappoints if you're looking for more substantial sojourning, yet the fit-in-almost-any-time-slot compactness ensures accessibility. Those well-versed with Hottategoya's stylings won't be taken by surprise and those who haven't played a Hottategoya game before, or who dismissed this designer's work years ago... What's holding you back? A seamless UI, lovely graphics and logical puzzles top the list of reasons Hottategoya excels in the escape genre. While this particular example is perhaps not the best, time spent playing it is not wasted.

Girls Room No.5: Powder BrushGirls Room No.5: Powder Brush - It's okay, FunkyLand. So you somehow missed the meme-dom of Sarah McMane's girl power poem, For My Daughter quoting Clementine Paddleford—"Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be"—(which has been so widely circulated this week, it's rather hard to miss but, well, just saying). It's okay, because we still love you enough to happily indulge in your every creation. Have I been too demure to simply say, "I have some issues with this particular series"? Maybe. But being objective, as a professional critic, I can confidently say Girls Room does not compare favorably to other FunkyLand inceptions, notably games like Alice House, based on a specific headstrong heroine's adventures, and any one of the Candy Rooms with their playful presentations of clues. Now that's aired out, I do have to say, this episode is so far my favorite of the series; too short and simple, yet it has a tad more spunk and pizzaz in its construction than the previous four.

Dark Dungeon EscapeDark Dungeon Escape - The scenario of this particular Flash 512 escape may be dire, dank and dour, but the graphics are crisp and clear and actually rather lovely, not at all too dark to dampen the gaming experience. Even so, a few hard-to-find hotspots could potentially lengthen your stay despite otherwise straight-forward puzzles, which rely less often on logical deciphering and more on proper item usage. Still, that lends a classic adventure game feel to the typical escape-the-room objective. All you need to know to get started is this: See those three buttons about midway down the page, some Chinese lettering followed by the word "PLAY"? Click one, any one, and the game will load. After that, you'll know what to do.

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Walkthrough Guide


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Here's a walkthrough for Girls Room No. 5 since those are short and sweet - and probably the most straightforward to write one for!

Zoom in on the table in the middle of the room, then zoom in on the platter of cakes. Click on the round, red container in between the macarons. It's not a cake at all, it's a ring box! Grab the ring and zoom out once.

Now let's focus on the sofa behind the table. Click on the cushions to lift one of them up, collect brush number 1! Zoom in on the little house next to the cushions. It's locked, so let's leave it for now. Zoom out, and then zoom out to the whole room view.

Zoom in on the bed to the left. If you click near the pillows, it will zoom in to a compartment in the headboard. Put the ring in the little rectangle, and you can now open the compartment. Brush number 2! Zoom out once.

Above the bed is a purple panel with white squares and a frog head. If you zoom in on it, you can click on the white squares to change them to pink. We can't solve this yet. The only other place to click in the bed scene is little shelving unit to the right. There's a box on the top that needs a key to open. Zoom all the way out to the whole room view again.

Zoom in on the door to the right. There's a dresser on the left with a pink frog sitting on it. The frog is sitting in front of two pink drawers, one with L on it, one with N. If you zoom in on the display case, you can open the door. The only thing we can click here is the little house on the second shelf from the top. It wants a four digit code. There is also a balloon we can zoom in on. The frog has given us some info to solve a puzzle, so zoom on out and go to the bed again.

Zoom in on the frog panel above the bed. Since we saw the frog sitting by some drawers with letters, maybe we have to make those letters using the tiles. Turn all the tiles pink, and make a white L by making all the tiles in the first column and the bottom row white. The frog face above the panel will move. If you go back to the dresser the frog is sitting on, you'll see the frog has moved across to the left, so we can now open the N drawer. Pick up the key. Now go back to the frog panel and make a white N with a pink background (first and last column should be white, then just connect them with a diagonal line). Return to the dresser where you can now open the L drawer. Collect brush number 3!

The key we got is for the little house on the sofa, behind the table. Open it up, and you can collect the little sign stuck in the teacup. I bet that thing's sharp... We can use this to pop the balloon. When it pops, you'll notice something sparkly drop... zoom out and then zoom in on the ground. There's a number code, 7525!

Go back to the display cabinet next to the door. We need to use the number code on the little house on the second shelf. Now you can open up the roof. Grab brush number 4, as well as the little heart shaped key.

The box that needs the heart shaped key is in the bed scene, on the top of the shelving unit sitting on the right. Use the key on the box to open it up and collect the last brush. That gives you the final key you need to open the door. You're out!

26 Comments

brian.j.sanders March 25, 2015 8:52 AM

There;'s no way I can

get this hidden paper loose with a knife

I clearly need...

a carefully-concealed fork!

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Sure would have been nice if the "Music on/off" switch in Dark Dungeon Escape actually turned the music off.

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I was stuck on the first puzzle of Bookshelves for ages, but then once it clicked, I had a "oh duh" moment. It's super short after that one.

Also, the music in Dark Dungeon Escape is INTENSE.

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In the Bookshelves escape, can anyone provide a hint for the pentagon? I have the two other shapes, but I don't even know where it might be hiding!

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hgvillatoro March 25, 2015 3:05 PM replied to DTripVT

Have you tried

The door?

It affects something else

It is connected to

move the handle a number of times to reach the desired level

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nnnou March 25, 2015 3:20 PM replied to DTripVT

Try the door

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Thank you! I'd thought

the gauge was measuring my progress through the game!

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darksilvermoon5 March 25, 2015 4:20 PM

My fellow escape the room fans, I have a proposal to make. Since many of us frown at the style of FunkyLand's "Girls Room"s, why not, on top of looking for the five cosmetics, look for something the owner of the room enjoys? For example, the lovely lady of room five does woodworking. My evidence for this is the little house in the cabinet, the built in bed drawer, and the thing on the couch. I am of the opinion that she made those things herself. Naturally, her tools are not in her room as she seems to prefer things neat so she would keep her personal space safe from any sawdust.
I think the lass in room four likes art or art history based on the titles of the books on her shelf, but that could be the wrong number.
Does anyone have other ideas about the girls from "Girls Room" series?

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Hint for the 4-button puzzle in Bookshelves:

I'm assuming you already have solved the 4 number puzzle so you have the 5 vertical shapes.

Look carefully at the one bookshelf that can be zoomed in that doesn't have its own puzzle.

The 2x2 bookshelf on the wall.

Notice the shape of the space around each group of books.

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I liked the frog-drawer puzzle in Girls Room! A more head-scratchy puzzle than usual in these Room games.

Note the L and N on the drawers and the frog's head above the 4x4 grid.

Note that the squares on the 4x4 grid can be pink or white.

Make each letter on the grid. The frog on the drawers will move the same as the frog above the grid.

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Need a hint for the dungeon. I've cleared the keyhole and only have a knife in my inventory.

I either need the fork mentioned above or a clue for the symbol code on the floor.

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POP
It was actually the secret hotspot I was missing.

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baileydonk March 25, 2015 8:36 PM

Konrad - where did you find the

knife?

I'm stuck with a key and no way to use it.

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baileydonk March 25, 2015 8:48 PM

Almost finished with the Dark Dungeon Escape, but stuck. Wait a minute... didn't I have a

knife

early in the game? I don't have it now. I used it for something... anyone else have this problem? Where did you find it again?

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In the Dungeon and all I have is a

fork

and no hotspot to use it on. I have clicked all over.

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Ah, the POP worked for me as well.

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any walkthroughs in the works? just curious.

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phdavoid March 26, 2015 1:10 PM

I seem to be stuck early in the dark dungeon

I have

the sword (dagger) and the pliers. But no clue what to do next

Reply
phdavoid March 26, 2015 1:16 PM

POP got it

Reply
phdavoid March 26, 2015 1:25 PM

OK now I am stuck at the

fork

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lavamuffin March 26, 2015 8:21 PM

Hooray, I'm success escape! :D

In the dungeon, I still don't know why

the triangle puzzle

happened the way it did. I felt like I was just button mashing rather than solving.
Any thoughts?

Reply

Here's a walkthrough for Girls Room No. 5 since those are short and sweet - and probably the most straightforward to write one for!

Zoom in on the table in the middle of the room, then zoom in on the platter of cakes. Click on the round, red container in between the macarons. It's not a cake at all, it's a ring box! Grab the ring and zoom out once.

Now let's focus on the sofa behind the table. Click on the cushions to lift one of them up, collect brush number 1! Zoom in on the little house next to the cushions. It's locked, so let's leave it for now. Zoom out, and then zoom out to the whole room view.

Zoom in on the bed to the left. If you click near the pillows, it will zoom in to a compartment in the headboard. Put the ring in the little rectangle, and you can now open the compartment. Brush number 2! Zoom out once.

Above the bed is a purple panel with white squares and a frog head. If you zoom in on it, you can click on the white squares to change them to pink. We can't solve this yet. The only other place to click in the bed scene is little shelving unit to the right. There's a box on the top that needs a key to open. Zoom all the way out to the whole room view again.

Zoom in on the door to the right. There's a dresser on the left with a pink frog sitting on it. The frog is sitting in front of two pink drawers, one with L on it, one with N. If you zoom in on the display case, you can open the door. The only thing we can click here is the little house on the second shelf from the top. It wants a four digit code. There is also a balloon we can zoom in on. The frog has given us some info to solve a puzzle, so zoom on out and go to the bed again.

Zoom in on the frog panel above the bed. Since we saw the frog sitting by some drawers with letters, maybe we have to make those letters using the tiles. Turn all the tiles pink, and make a white L by making all the tiles in the first column and the bottom row white. The frog face above the panel will move. If you go back to the dresser the frog is sitting on, you'll see the frog has moved across to the left, so we can now open the N drawer. Pick up the key. Now go back to the frog panel and make a white N with a pink background (first and last column should be white, then just connect them with a diagonal line). Return to the dresser where you can now open the L drawer. Collect brush number 3!

The key we got is for the little house on the sofa, behind the table. Open it up, and you can collect the little sign stuck in the teacup. I bet that thing's sharp... We can use this to pop the balloon. When it pops, you'll notice something sparkly drop... zoom out and then zoom in on the ground. There's a number code, 7525!

Go back to the display cabinet next to the door. We need to use the number code on the little house on the second shelf. Now you can open up the roof. Grab brush number 4, as well as the little heart shaped key.

The box that needs the heart shaped key is in the bed scene, on the top of the shelving unit sitting on the right. Use the key on the box to open it up and collect the last brush. That gives you the final key you need to open the door. You're out!

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Lavamuffin, for the Dungeon Escape

the clue for the triangle puzzle was on the bed. There's a square with smaller and smaller triangles inside of it. It shows you the order to you need to press the buttons. So it goes square, bottom triangle, right triangle, top triangle, left triangle.

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where's this mysterious fork in the dungeon?

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If you've come for the fork, you'll be sorely disappointed!

It's in the grey pot thing, which you can open with another item.

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