OMEscape Canada – The Kingdom of Cats Reviewed by Room Escape Artist – Reviewed by Mike

LINK TO ORIGINAL REVIEW

What this review lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in heart. Room Escape Artist has been at this a while and it shows. There are not only a plethora of reviews on the site, but also many how-to guides written for players, designers and owners alike. But here’s the first problem. No logo? He (or she, as we’ll discuss later) calls themselves an artist but can’t even draw a simple logo?

The Kingdom of Cats [Review] – Room Escape Artist screenshot
And here’s where it gets worse. NO REVIEW GRAPHIC. What I believe I’m looking at is plain text, with no indication of what the score might be through the use of lock/key/star icons. What good is a review that can’t tell me a score? Not off to a great start..

Lucky for Room Escape artist, I was immediately sucked in by the intro hook, which both took me by surprise and delighted me. I had no idea what to expect because the smorgasbord of ideas crammed into that tiny sentence is so disparate; I needed to read on immediately.

[EDIT: Upon taking a look at some of Room Escape Artist’s other reviews, it seems like this trick is being recycled. Let’s take a quick look at a few other hook sentences:

“Where the doors are your greatest nemesis.” (From the Escape from the 6 – Firefighter Rescue review, May 25, 2016)
“It’s a blur.” (From the Ninja Escape – Black Lace review, May 17, 2016)

As you can see, Room Escape Artist utilizes this form of trickery repeatedly.]

Not too much to say about the font here; the reviews use Open Sans, which is basically the cheddar cheese of fonts. However, the leading is excellent (although probably a design choice by the template designer rather than Room Escape Artist).

The writing style employed is very short and to the point, but don’t confuse that for concise! As a reader, I was left wanting more. Unfortunately this wasn’t always Room Escape Artist’s mandate. The word count here is 381. Compare that to a review of “Casa Loma – Escape from the Tower” from just 6 days prior, which came in at a juicy 622 words.

Despite its brevity, I came away from the review knowing exactly what to expect of the game. This is a very refreshing change from those meandering, non-linear reviews written by people I won’t name here. Sometimes, a simple review can be just as entertaining as a complex one! Additionally, I was feeling all the warm fuzzies that Room Escape Artist purports to have felt, so definite bonus points for that. An effective tool Room Escape Artist uses is peppering in relevant images such as this one [REVIEW SPOILERS BELOW]:

foolish-cat-wallpaper.jpg

The image definitely helped the review stay on track… but perhaps to a fault. Here’s where Room Escape Artist falters. He/she starts talking about cats, and how they want everything to be about cats, which raises the question, do they want to play an escape room or pet a cat?

The review was very unbiased, however there is something I need to address. As a reader of reviews, I need to know who is writing them. This helps provide context to the writing, which in turn, helps me better understand whether or not I would like the game the review is reviewing. This lack of transparency might put me off reading any more of Room Escape Artist’s reviews.

 

Thanks, and happy escape review reading!

 

You can find Room Escape Artist at
https://roomescapeartist.com/

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