Christmas Escape 3
As a special present, because you have been very good this year, Neutral has released another "new easy Christmas escape game", Christmas Escape 3. This is the 3rd consecutive year of holiday escapes, and it is Neutral easy, which means that you will probably only end up slightly confused from banging your head against the nearest flat surface.
To begin with, this is almost an escape game in reverse. You begin the game in a snowy field at night. Usually you are trying to escape to the outside, but in this case, you are trying to find a way in. Or at least, out of the cold. Navigation through this cute world is accomplished by arrows at the sides and the bottom of the screen to turn left, right, or go backwards. Forward movement is accomplished by either clicking in the direction you want to go, or hovering your cursor over the path until an arrow shows up. However, you can—and indeed should—wander from the path if you ever hope to make it inside before you start losing toes to frostbite.
Christmas Escape 3 is a fun blend of puzzle solving and use of found objects. There's a handy changing cursor to let you know when you've reached something you can take, move, or manipulate in some fashion. Despite the changing cursor there is still a little pixel hunting, but nothing too egregious. Just remember to grab everything you can, because chances are you will need it.
As with their other Christmas Escapes, Neutral has gone with a cute, flat, cartoony style for Christmas Escape 3. There's no accompanying music, but plenty of cute little incidental sounds to add to the experience. And what an experience this is. There's no save button, but unlike Neutral's regular escapes you should be able to finish this one in one sitting. And yes, this is a Japanese game, but this link will take you to the English version, so no worries.
Analysis: Normally Neutral's room escapes are dense, tangled, and complicated to get through. Their Christmas Escapes, on the other hand, are light, fun, and (relatively) easy in comparison. Christmas Escape 3 continues the tradition as you encounter chirping chicks, a mercenary kitty cat, and oh, yeah, how good are you at ice fishing? The whole thing hangs together beautifully and the ending is, well, as cute as a button. The perfect present for the holiday season.
So get ready, escape fans. Our gift to you, perfect casual gameplay with a holiday theme, starts here. Put on a hat and gloves, lace up your snow boots, and get ready for some weekday escape.