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A dark, moody atmosphere and a mysterious safe filled with complex puzzle-box curiosities lie at the heart of The Room, an enthralling puzzler that balances intrigue with challenge. Much like a set of Russian nesting dolls, cracking the outer shell of the massive iron box awaiting in the center of this grim abode only leads you deeper down the rabbit hole of mechanical conundrums to solve.
Locked in single room and left with a peculiar note hinting at the powerful artifact tucked away within the huge safe, your task is to unravel the winding puzzle-filled path to this ancient device. Each chapter of The Room pits you against a dizzyingly complicated safe box brimming with puzzles and secrets to uncover. Manipulating each box is a very tactile affair that has you turning it around, zooming in for a closer look at its details, and prodding every nook and cranny you can find in hopes of uncovering the next secret that'll help you progress.
Many of the puzzles are mechanical in nature. You'll find levers, keys, tools, and other doodads to plug into different spots, and the boxes themselves transform in clever ways as they yield to your touch. There are also logic puzzles with numbers, letters, and symbols to work with, though tinkering with the interactive elements to uncover the clues to overcome these obstacles is an intuitive, satisfying process. A mystical lens that lets you look into the spectral realm also serves as a unique mechanic that adds additional depth to the gameplay.
The Room's challenges grow progressively trickier as you go, but they're interesting enough to keep you poking along until you uncover the next clue, even when a solution proves particularly elusive. Beautiful puzzle designs and crisp presentation really make the hands-on process of mastering each box a wondrous affair.
The bottom line. The Room is a gorgeous, unique, and mentally stimulating exercise in mechanical puzzle-solving that's steeped in atmosphere. It's a gauntlet of challenges worth running through.
iPad running iOS 5.0 or later
Immaculate presentation and atmosphere. Intuitive tactile puzzle play. Lots of depth.
Challenge can be very steep.