Ah, working overtime! The best time to get things done and make a little extra cash. No co-workers, no distractions, no mysterious ghosts... well, perhaps a bit of the latter. Welcome to U-Sensor, the new game from HILG (G-Sensor). And welcome to the office building where people mysteriously die after 11 pm. It's only 10 pm, though, so no worries, right?
The game begins with you, poor overworked office schlub that you are, heading home after a very long day. Unfortunately, something immediately goes wrong with the elevator and you are now trapped in a creepy, unoccupied office building. Still, it should be easy to find a way out, or so you'd think. Even though you can no longer use the elevator to reach the first floor, there must be some other way out, say an emergency fire exit. Hey! This building isn't up to code! No problemo, I'm sure there's another solution.
Actually, there are three ways out of the building, although one of them involves you being horizontal (and deceased). Travel between floors (at least, the ones you can get to) and try to figure out how to get home before the spouse gets really upset. Pick up items, solve puzzles, and I'm sure you'll be having a late dinner in no time at all.
Navigation through the scenes is easily accomplished by arrows that appear when you move your cursor to the edge of the screen, and if you know how to work an elevator. There are no cursor changes when you pass over objects, however, so there is a minor bit of pixel hunting involved.
The game is in Japanese, but there is a handy button that can change it to English. Just be sure to change that button to English before you start the game, or you might not catch some helpful information in the prologue. The translation itself is a little rocky, but understandable. There's also a Hint button (although not entirely helpful) and a Save button if you want to take a break. A mute button would have been a nice addition.
Analysis: The puzzles themselves are relatively simple, although they take some leaps of logic. The end solution, while culturally interesting, also takes a bit of trial-and-error to make work. Some sort of hint or guide for that final solution would have made this a better game. The graphics are pretty but sparse, but this is an office building after all. The inventory system is easy to use as well. Just setting the game in an empty office building after hours creates a suitably creepy atmosphere.
What prevents this from becoming a great game are the leaps required for some of the puzzle solutions. Although some of the puzzles are easy some might have you scratching your head and going "huh?" That aside, U-Sensor is still a fun, engaging escape game, short enough for casual gameplay yet complex enough (three different ways out) to have fun playing more than once. Escape the doldrums of office work by escaping the office!