Christmas Escape Toy
It's that merry time of year again— celebrations, good friends, lots of presents, decorations and (huzzah!) a festive new creation from Neutral: Christmas Escape Toy. Ah, thank you, Neutral. What a thoughtful gift! Best of all, this is a gift that's made to last: a mini escape game that gives no signs of temporary status unlike Neutral's Christmas banner escape which shows up just once a year during the month of December. You want to feel like a kid on Christmas who is locked inside his room and needs to puzzle his way out? Well, maybe that didn't come out right. Either way, it's the usual scenario: follow the changing cursor to explore the holiday setting, looking for connections to solve riddles that will lead the way through the exit.
While it's always a happy occasion to be treated to Neutral's designing talents because of charming artwork and creative puzzles, this particular offering includes a minigame that could add a sour note of frustration: a GameBoy style platform game that is much cuter in theory than it proves to be in actuality, demonstrating that action platform games and point-and-click mechanics are not close friends. Yet it's not unlike Neutral to have such a trick up the sleeve and, like the chicks minigame in Lights, this game is needed to get a necessary clue but it has no skip or easy mode. There is something to be said for patience, perseverance, talent or plain luck because, however you get through it, it's quite satisfying to win when your wits are being tested. Either because of it or despite that extra obstacle, Christmas Escape Toy presents a rewarding experience for your escaping merriment—and it's all wrapped up with that special Neutral touch.