Kids Room (MyGames888)
If any escape game designer could win the pageant of all that is suave and savvy, Mygames888 has an early lead on that tiara and satin sash. Adding to a repertoire of games that curtsy toward the surreal just enough to transform what would be an ordinary find-your-way-out-of-this-room exercise into an extraordinary romp in escapism, Mygames888's Kids Room sashays before the judging panel with a smartly cohesive design, a talented array of puzzles and looking as velvety smooth as frosting on a raspberry layer cake.
Oh, pfft! Do I exaggerate? Because of a neatly intuitive interface, you can see for yourself with just a point-and-click on anything you think is worth a second look, picking up items as you go, at times needing special tools to do so. Once an item's in your possession, doubleclick it to see it in closer detail. While the non-changing cursor is not an impediment, because no pixel is so obscure you wouldn't think to check on it, the arrows at the side of the screen are much more obvious than needed. As long as you're curious about seeing every angle the game will allow you to view, you won't miss needed clues. Then, just put items to creative use and solve a few standard puzzles and the gap between you and the exit will steadily close.
Making your way through Kids Room does occasionally require your inference abilities as not all hints are overt, and you could easily find yourself stuck, opening and closing things while scratching your head. Evidence that guides your investigations in a fruitful direction tends toward subtlety, so you'll fare well without a walkthrough by doing some mental calculations and thinking beyond the more obvious logic riddles and codes—or just sheer luck. Although it's a bit of a let down that you can't play with everything on the desk or jump on the bed, and the near silence and lack of narrative can feel disconcerting, the worst thing about Kids Room may simply be the amount of back and forth you might end up doing. Your recent time spent toying with little keys, submerged in a watery basement or admiring Audi A8s will have inured you to the tactics found here. It's a playful pageantry, though, as Kids Room shines in its own coy, humble way...right up until you walk out the door, basking in success like the debonair escaper that you are.