Review: The Room
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
This game is one of those gems you don’t really come across very often. I love how detailed and pretty this game is. Not just that, it also has an intriguing story. I’m not really sure what time period this game is set at but I’m assuming it’s not present day. The story is not very detailed and you only get bits and pieces from text scrolled across the screen and letters you find in various rooms. Even so, it’s the story that pulls you into the rest of the game.
You start with a simple puzzle box and there is a tutorial that guides you through the first part of the puzzle. Right when you start, you can tell how much detail was placed into every nook and cranny of this game. The music also adds to the mood of the game. Sound effects are realistic and adds to the creepiness you’re suppose to get from The Room. At first it may seem as though The Room is a simple puzzle game but as you go along you find that there is more to The Room that just puzzles. You start to hear whispering in the background and creaking. At some point I thought that the longer I took solving the puzzle, something would jump out at me from the darkness. The rooms have an eerie feel to the them too. At several points in the game there are creepy images and pictures. Most of the pictures have the faces scratched off of them. And at one point there is a skull that you get from solving one of the puzzles. I’m a huge fan of the horror genre so I really liked the creepiness strewed here and there. As you progress through the game it seemed as though the game became more scary.
The game is divided into chapters and then an epilogue at the end. Once you finish the game you can go back to any of the chapters and redo any of the puzzles. One tip though, look everywhere and always use your eye piece. You never know what you will find. It’s a very smart game and for the average person, the puzzles aren’t too easy. I liked the level of difficulty and made me think a bit before moving on to the next thing. I also liked how you don’t get an entire storyline because it allows the player to think about what may have happened in certain rooms. There is an item or thing that keeps coming up in the game and it’s the central piece of The Room series….the Null. You get to learn more about this as you progress through the game and read all the letters/notes. It’s all very interesting.
If you couldn’t already tell, I highly recommend this game! I can’t wait for more from Fireproof Games as I’m sure the next one will be amazing as well.