Dear loyal JIG readers, welcome to a very special edition of Weekday Escape today, with exclusive first coverage of a breaking story: Escape games, a multinational gaming obsession that has taken a worldwide audience captive and captured the attention of major corporations, legislators and research firms. As it was JIG that reported on escape games' humble beginnings, and it was here that certain celebrities would get their escape game fix, it is only fitting that we should report on new emerging data regarding the health benefits of playing these popular diversions. While this early on sources cannot be revealed or confirmed, when it's news this good, we don't want to lose precious moments not playing escape games through such time-consuming formalities as "fact checking" do we? Already the clock is ticking while we prattle on about details. All you really need to know is: This is a BIG DEAL. Already Google is inventing a new way to use self-driving cars in globalized escape games (an early prototype shows there's still much progress to be made). Rumors have surfaced on the streets of The Capitol, according to a witness who would only identify himself as "Bub", that lawmakers are now considering what, if any, limits should be put on escape game production. Our best advice: Stock up now...
Just to get you started, I dug up some of these "escape games" and tried to assemble a few words to describe them. It's anyone's guess if my descriptions are accurate or not. I mean, I think I've already done my job in just getting you to click "read more" in the first place (or did you arrive here via the brightly colored banner image or a search engine result? Oh, no matter, the point is, you're here). So with no more adieu, ladies and gents, play:
Fruit Kitchens No.19: Lime Green - This escape game was created by FunkyLand and it's about a kitchen full of fruit. The kitchen is green. Not green like a dark forest but sort of a bright yellowish green. Like the color of a lime. Which is kind of a coincidence since there are seven limes strewn about this kitchen. You're supposed to find them, then you get a key to the door. There's, like, puzzles and stuff you have to solve to get the limes. Sometimes the limes are just sitting there when you open a cabinet or something. It's pretty cool.
Find the Escape-Men 144: Laundromat - It turns out that FunkyLand isn't the only game designer making escape games. I did some poking around and found out this one was created by No1Game. It's part of a series. This is the 144th. Wow. That's a lot, isn't it? Anyhow, this game is like hide-and-seek. Little green escape figures are hiding from you and you have to seek them. There are also puzzles to solve, again, so hopefully you like doing that sort of thing. Anyway, the game looks rather enjoyable. Funny, even. Let me know if you like it?
Room 5: Music Room - Okay, this game is from Ichima. Ichima is the also the author of Room 4: Cafe but instead of being locked in a cafe, in this escape you're locked in a music room. I don't know about you, but I'm noticing a trend because, like in the other games, you have to poke around the room to find clues and then solve some puzzles before you get to leave. Gee, it's like they want you to actually work for your escape or something. This game is fun, too. Or so I hear.
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