Wasting money on video games is inevitable. You think you’ve found a really amazing game. It appears to be so amazing that you’re almost ready to disregard the price tag. Almost. And it’s not until after you’ve purchased the game that you discover just how lousy it really is. If you play video games, this will happen.
But today’s featured game series is not one of those types of games. I took a risk and actually purchased The Room 1-3. And I have not regretted my decision. The gameplay is beautiful, the mechanics are refined, and the story is compelling. So now that I’ve given you the overview, it’s time to delve a little deeper.
The Room, at face value, is little more than a puzzle game. In The Room 1, players are primarily confined to a single room, working on various puzzles revolving around a single box. While this may not sound particularly appealing, trust me when i say that it is very intriguing and very fun to play.
As you solve one riddle, the box will morph, closing one section only to reveal another. And often times, there will be multiple puzzles for you to unlock. Of course, it is only by solving one of them that you are able to solve the one on the opposite side of the box.
However, the developers decided to take this concept several steps farther. In The Room 2, players are allowed a little more freedom by moving around within a room, working on puzzles that have been placed in different areas.
But it is in The Room 3 that players are given total freedom. The area is quite expansive and is made up of several rooms and different areas. Not only does this give the players more control, but also it amplifies the difficulty level. No longer are all the pieces of the puzzle directly in front of you, waiting to be solved. Now you are forced to scour several rooms at a time, searching for any hidden clues or keys to help you progress to the next stage. As I progressed from the first game and made my way through the second and third games, it was obvious that the developers took a lot of time and put in a great deal of effort to satisfy the players.
The majority of the plot revolves around the mysterious Null element, which is how you’ve managed to find yourself trapped in a madman’s riddle. None of the story is given in clear or large portions. As players work their way through the levels, they will come across scrolls, notes, and journal entries to fill in the gaps and tell much of the story. Originally, I wasn’t sure if the game would be horror or not, and after playing through them all, I can easily say that this is not a horror series. Just a really strong puzzle game with a mysterious plot. Oh, and in case you’ve heard, yes, there is more than one ending to the The Room 3.
Overall, you really do get what you pay for. Downloading free games from the Play Store will usually play like free games from the Play Store. The Room trilogy is not free, but it is reasonable. At only 99¢ per game, you’ll get a lot of content, stunning graphics, and immersing gameplay. Don’t hesitate to buy this one. You won’t regret it.