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The Room: Mini-Review

The Room: Mini-Review

The Room: Mini-Review

Can you tell Ray loves this puzzle adventure?


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Fireproof Games’ The Room is the best original Android game that I have played. There, I’ve said it.

What is The Room? It’s a puzzle adventure game you play on a touch screen.

In The Room, there’s only one thing in the room:  A large, intricate box.  Your job?  Open it.

Sounds simple, but trust me, it’s not.  This is one crazy, multi-level box.

This lovely game hearkens back to the best puzzle adventures of what I call The Late Golden Age of Games, that era between the success of Myst and the early 2000s, when adventures really began to struggle in the marketplace.

If you fondly recall such memorable games as Jewels of the Oracle and Safecracker, you’ll be excited to play this game.  While the action of the game may sound limited – OPEN THE BOX!! – there’s actually a terrific series of puzzles, and even a haunting story that’s gradually revealed.  


The interface works beautifully.  To focus in on a particular area of the box, you use the same two-finger flick that you’d use to make an image larger on an iPad.  If you do that on an interactive spot of the box, the view will zoom in.  You can then use the touch screen to manipulate the box:  You’ll spin dials, turn knobs, find and read notes, push and pull doors and rods, and all manner of fun fiddling.

In order to solve the many puzzles the box presents, you’ve got to experiment. You’ve also got to pay attention to symbols and patterns.  In other words, it’s utterly classic puzzle adventure gaming. 

Add to this the fact that the graphics are beautiful.  The construction and design of the box is intricate and fascinating and so real-looking it’s difficult to put the game down.

It’s even got beautiful music! 


The game is only a couple of hours long, but it’s a sweet, satisfying experience.  And of course, the sequel is coming soon!

The game is available for iOS, Android, even the Kindle Fire.  Check out the screenshots.  What are you waiting for? 


Grade: A
+ Harkens back to the best of puzzle adventures. 
+ Terrific series of puzzles and a haunting story.
+ Beautiful graphics and great music.


Recommended in the JA Store

SafecrackerBuy it now – Safecracker – The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure – $4.99
Release Date: August 2, 2006
Brief: The stakes are high. Use your expertise, wits, and puzzle solving skills to crack them all and earn your pay check!
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Ray Ivey

Ray Ivey

A gaming freakazoid, Ray enjoys games on all platforms. Also loves board games, mind games, and all puzzles. Co-wrote the Entertainment Tonight trivia game and designed puzzles for two Law & Order PC games. Also a movie freak, bookworm, and travel bug. Thinks games of all kinds are a highly underappreciated force for social good, not to mention mental and psychological health.   Ray's favorite adventures include the "Broken Sword" and "Journeyman Project" franchises, "The Dark Eye," "The Feeble Files," "Sanitarium," "Limbo," "Machinarium," "Riven," "The Neverhood," and "Azrael's Tear." His favorite non-adventures include the "Thief," "Uncharted," and "Ratchet & Clank" franchises, all of the Bioware RPGs, Skyrim, and Final Fantasy XII.   Ray writes about the movies for the Bryan/College Station Daily Eagle, which is the old-fashioned thing called a "newspaper." He's been on eight game shows. He's taught in seven countries and has visited twenty-one. His favorite classic movie star is Barbara Stanwyck and his favorite novel is "The Hotel New Hampshire" by John Irving.

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