Flower Bloom Escape 2
Set phasers to hnnnnnnngh, because Fuwayura's escape game Flower Bloom Escape 2 is so sweet it might just make you keel over. In this adorable sorta-sequel to Flower Bloom Escape, Hana and Mai are doing homework at Hana's house, but when they're done and ready to go outside, they discover Hana's mom, who is a bit of an escape game fanatic, has hidden the key. Hana just wants to wait for her mom to come home and let them out, but Mai is, um, a little more gung-ho about it, so before these two girls can go out to the park, you'll have to help them. Click "English" in the lower-left corner at any time to make the text display in, well, English, and just click around to interact when the cursor changes. The arrows at the sides of the screen will let you move around the tiny apartment. Click an item in your inventory to highlight it for use, or click "about item" to view it up close, which will usually give you a little hint. Some items will need to be viewed close up in order to combine them with others, so try everything!
Although bigger than the single-scene original, Flower Bloom Escape 2 is still on the easy side. The puzzles you'll find all have clues to their solutions hidden about, but because the area is so cleanly designed, most of them will be fairly obvious when you've fully explored and thus seen what there is to be seen, and the changing cursor nicely cuts out mindless clicking. Still, for the five or so minutes it'll take you, Flower Bloom Escape 2 is one of the all-out cutest and most pleasant little escape games you could ever hope to play. It's not so easy as to be mindless, the characters are adorable, the design is bright and colourful, and the soundtrack is bouncy and happy... although if you're feeling particularly miserly today, you can simply use the in-game volume slider to turn it down. Though not particularly challenging, Flower Bloom Escape 2's fun puzzles and cheerful style make it pure pleasure from start to finish with its syrupy sweet ending cutscene, and a definite improvement over its predecessor, which means we can only hope we keep seeing even more from Fuwayura (and Hana and Mai!) in the future!