Weekday Escape N°71
Contrary to a rumor started around the JIG office espresso machine, I do not spend all my evenings huddled up around the blue-white illumination of my laptop, empty take-out boxes strewn along the counter and a meowing band of cats my only company. I mean, alright, maybe in theory it's possible that could have happened. In the realm of possibilities, anything could be possible yet it's best to remember: Rumors spread rapidly on social networks. Even if it sounds like a good idea or goes viral, getting bunches of likes, snoop around a bit before assuming its verity. But shoot, I won't get all rhetorical with ya when there are escape games waiting to be played. Since there's also much to be said for ignoring cynicism and letting your heart wear a great big smile for all the world to see. Having some fun and playing games always makes sense, and this Weekday Escape game trio is an actual thing happening right now...
Office Day - Maybe you remember Vitamin Hana from her first room so aptly titled Hana's Room 1? Office Day offers more of that straight-forward puzzling in a "cute and cheery" style to make sure you don't go out that door in a bad mood. Because, you know, nothing puts a cramp in your efforts to relax and enjoy than overly abstruse clues or boringly simple solutions. There's a good selection of puzzles to keep you busy through your lunch break, but it's too lightweight and quick to elicit deeper analysis. Even so, it has enough heart to it that no further explanations are needed.
Escape from the Three Colored Stars Room 3 - It has been while since Yomino Kagura was featured here on Weekday Escape. I don't have any better explanation for why that is than this, the same reason this particular game appears today: Yomino Kagura has a formula for well-built games, dependably logical in both clue presentation and code-heavy puzzles. That formula ensures a good experience, but it also leaves it feeling too routine. You know you can pick up and play Yomino Kagura anytime you crave an escape-the-room, but don't you want Yomino Kagura to break out of the box one of these days and surprise us?
Girls Room No.07: Perfume - The latest in FunkyLand's make-up series, a.k.a. "find the hidden cosmetics", still unabashedly stereotypes what defines girlhood. But then, they're not alone; there's plenty of girls out there who love perfumes, lipsticks and stuff. Assumptions and presumptions aside, there's much to love about this room. The presentation is whimsical and creative, and a spirit of fun prevails over any nitpicking. Clues need thoughtful interpretation, it takes diligent searching to find all five perfume bottles, and you'll be out too quickly to tire of the purple frills.
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