The Room for Android review: An excellent all-around puzzle game

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.5
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 9.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good The Room has intensely challenging puzzle gameplay, beautiful steampunk-like graphics, and immersive ambient sounds as you try to progress through the storyline.

The Bad Viewing and zoom controls can get a little frustrating at times.

The Bottom Line If you like puzzle games, The Room is a unique and addictive app you should get right away, with great visuals, pitch-perfect sounds, and plenty more to keep you struggling to figure out just how to unravel the mystery.

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The Room is an intensely challenging puzzle game with beautiful 3D graphics where the object is to unravel a mystery by opening steampunk-style boxes.

Though "opening boxes" may sound boring, with The Room, each box has several hidden secrets and clues that keep you engrossed, trying to find the right sequence of actions to open the box. There are dials to turn, complex safe combinations to figure out, hidden compartments that contain keys, and much more. You also have an inventory on the left where you store the various keys and other items you find as you search for a way to use them to open the box and discover what's inside. As you progress, you'll also find pages of a diary that fill in the storyline and provide clues to your mission. With so much of the game hinged on gesture-based trial and error, The Room simply sucks you in.

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Where to Buy

The Room (Android)

Part Number: com.FireproofStudios.TheRoom

$1.99

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  • Category Games
  • Compatibility iOS
    Android
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.