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

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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 unravel a mysterious storyline.

The Bad The game is too short, with only three boxes to open. 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.


8.9 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 9
  • Interface 8
  • Performance 9

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. On the day I wrote this review, I became so engrossed with the second box, I was in danger of not finishing the review. The Room simply sucks you in.

Part of what makes it so compelling are the amazing-looking visuals and the steam punk design of the boxes and various gadgets. The ornate, old-style puzzle boxes have gleaming metal dials, realistic looking natural wood grain, and the lighting effects and shadows really make you feel like you're working with real objects. Though you can get The Room on your iPhone, I highly recommend playing on an iPad just so you can appreciate the work that went into the look and overall feel of the game.

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