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The Room Two review: Even better than the award-winning original

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The Good The Room Two is a puzzle game with amazing graphics and sound design, along with a creepy storyline that sucks you in from the start. There are more puzzles than the original.

The Bad The complexity of the viewing and zoom controls can be frustrating.

The Bottom Line Polished graphics and sound design along with excellent puzzle-solving gameplay make this sequel well worth the price tag.


9.4 Overall
  • Setup 9
  • Features 10
  • Interface 9
  • Performance 9

The Room Two is the hotly anticipated sequel to one of the most celebrated puzzle games on iOS, and after playing through a few levels, I can tell you it raises the bar that was already set high with the original game. This made-for-touch-screen puzzle adventure includes incredible graphics, a mysterious storyline, eerie atmospheric sound effects, and complex puzzles that will have you pulling out your hair trying to figuring out your next move.

The original The Room won Apple's Game of the Year for 2012, along with several other awards, and the sequel gives you more of the same great gameplay and spooky ambiance as you try to unravel the mystery.

It's important to note that the graphics are even more impressive in this sequel, but unfortunately that means the requirements are also steeper. The developers say you need at least an iPhone 4S to play this game, but I found that it still worked extremely well even on my iPad 2, and flawlessly on my iPhone 5.

Examine everything
Just like the original game, The Room Two starts in a darkened room with an ornate box that immediately sparks your curiosity. Your job is to search the room for clues such as written notes or hidden objects that may help you open the box to see what's inside. But it's not just what else is in the room; the box itself holds countless switches, moving panels, and other contraptions that you'll have to examine and solve in order to move on to the next room, and learn more about the mysterious story.

Made for the touch screen, The Room Two is all about trial and error as as you interact with every panel, lock, button, and contraption set before you. A double tap lets you zoom in on an area to figure out how it works, and a pinch gesture lets you zoom back out to search for more clues. There is often more than one object in a room to interact with, but they are always interconnected. This means you might find the key to a lock for one box by opening a panel on a rolltop desk elsewhere in the room. Knowing that the solution could be anywhere is what keeps you checking and rechecking everything you see.

It's important to note that if you're looking for a simple action game, you'll need to look elsewhere. This game takes patience as you check and recheck objects for clues, so be ready to spend some time playing The Room Two.

The Room Two
You found a strangely shaped metal object, but what is it for? Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Slowly uncover the story
With The Room Two, it's not just about the puzzles. As you open boxes and solve other puzzles, you'll run across journal entries and letters left by someone who seems to have been trying to solve the mystery prior to your arrival.

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