Alice House: No. 1 The White Rabbit Hole
Won't you take me to... Funkyland? Largely because it looks like a pretty sweet place to be. The prolific developer's colourful (and often candy-themed) escape games have only been a staple of our Weekday Escape feature thus far. With the start of a new series, however, in Alice House: No. 1 The White Rabbit Hole, we figure, hey, Funkyland, you deserve the spotlight for once. Four for you, Funkyland! You go, Funkyland. As the title might imply, The White Rabbit Hole takes place in a very Wonderland-ian setting, and to escape, you'll have to find five rabbits. Or images of rabbits. Or a cup with a rabbit on it. Funkyland is not constrained by your plebeian definitions. Ce n'est pas un lapin. Just click to explore and interact. There's sadly no changing cursor, but if you're diligent in your exploration, that won't be a problem. Some of the rabbits are hidden in plain sight, but you'll need to solve puzzles to figure out how to take them. Your inventory is at the bottom of the screen, and you can click an item to highlight it for use. Weird? Hey, we're all mad down here. If the music starts to get to you, tap the plus icon at the top of the screen to visit the menu to turn it off.
Funkyland is one of those developers who brings a certain amount of joyful whimsy to the escape game genre, but even despite its crazy setting and fairytale subject matter, The White Rabbit Hole still manages to be a tidy little game. It's not particularly long, and there isn't a whole lot to explore, with a focus on finding clues rather than the usual plethora of items you sort of expect from an escape game. It's an easy game, but also clever in its own way, and with a whopping nine planned installments, sets the Alice House series up to be one of those fast, fun escape snacks you look forward to. The title screen actually implies this is the first series in, well, a planed series of series... es... with the heading Princess House Series 1, so if you enjoy this one, it looks like you've got a whole lot more coming your way. Simple and weird, yet also logical in its own way, Alice House: No. 1 The White Rabbit Hole is a charming little escape and a great introduction to a developer who's been delivering quality free games for a long time now. Just don't turn your back on it. They got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses, and what's with all the carrots? What do they need such good eyesight for anyway?