December 3, 2010 7:38 AM Subscribe
If you enjoy games like Myst and Riven, take a crack at Cageling
. It's a good thing your prison is a luxurious rococo palazzo, because you'll probably be there for a while.
Gorgeous, albeit small, graphics make up for the head-slamming difficulty of some of the puzzles in this free online escape game from Seris-Ko
. Basic game controls are in English but tons of notes and journal entries in Japanese presumably provide clues to those who can read the language, because otherwise some of the puzzles are virtually impossible to solve. No English translation is available (although the FAQ asks for volunteer translators) so you'll probably want this walkthrough by Yalçın
(starts about 1/4 of the way down the page).
This beautiful game has been around since 2005 but the language barrier has kept it from becoming better-known. If you read Japanese, or just have a high threshold for frustration, you can spend many hours exploring this lovely gilded cage. I'm still stuck there myself ...