This week we're back to a classic room escape and, yes, we're back to Tesshi-e. The Escape Hotel 2 is Tesshi-e's latest offering and it features a fun and rarely seen dynamic, two room escapes for the price of one. Yes, while trying to escape the first room you will find yourself locked in a second room and will have to, well, escape the room to escape the room. Welcome to Weekday Escape! Dizzy yet?
The Escape Hotel 2 at first seems like your basic, classic room escape, in this case trying to escape from a strange hotel room. A nice strange hotel room that has furnished tea and a lovely snack (well, lovely if you like bean jelly, that is) and a comfy looking bed. However, escape you must and in the process you will have to break into the bathroom (also locked) and once in there, you will find yourself locked in. Escaping is never easy, is it? This is one of Tesshi-e's more dense escapes, featuring lots of puzzles, some major construction, and two locked rooms for the price of one (as well as the obligatory second "happy coin" escape). Literally everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown into The Escape Hotel 2. A bathroom sink, maybe, but not a kitchen sink.
The backgrounds are the gorgeous rendered 3D that we've come to expect, and there are a lot of cute touches you might recognize from previous escapes. Navigation is pretty standard for the most part, but can become a little strange and non-intuitive when you are in the corridor by the exit and bathroom door. Inventory control is intuitive as always with an "about item" button and there's even a handy save feature if you want to give up for a while and come back later. Unfortunately, there is still no changing cursor to help you find hot spots. Would someone please send Tesshi-e the memo about changing cursors?
As stated previously this is not a light escape. There are a lot of puzzles, including one very tricky letter/number nightmare that might cause a bit of head banging. On the plus side, no color based puzzles to bedevil those whose vision lacks the cones necessary to distinguish certain hues. On the minus side, the game is in Japanese (with a few key English phrases). Fortunately you do not need to read the language to figure your way out.
All in all The Escape Hotel 2 is one of Tesshi-e's better efforts, up there with Escape from 5th Door for difficulty. Fun, challenging, and it definitely won't be over in 10 minutes unless you're, you know, like Einstein or Stephen Hawking. But hey, at least you have that nice snack of yummy bean jelly to help you when your energy is flagging. So get escaping! This is Weekday Escape, not Weekday have a light snack and a nap.