My wife and I have a monthly at-home date night. This helps us stay connected to each other while disconnecting from the world. While some at-home date nights get interrupted by the kids (grrrrrr…), this one went off without a hitch!
Let me set the scene for you: all blinds and curtains closed; all lights off; couch scooted up close to the tv; long HDMI cable connecting our PC to the tv; and a tv tray set up in front of the couch with a wireless mouse and mousepad. That’s it. Then we started The Room. An eerie music started, and the mysterious storyline unfolded before us…
All you use is a mouse. You’ll click, drag, rotate, pull, spin, and push your way through the increasingly difficult levels. One clue will lead to another and to another until you reach the conclusion of each level and the enthralling climax of the game.
The Room took the escape card game experience to a whole new level for us. As fun as the card games are, this enhanced the excitement and intensity. We’ve never tried an actual, physical escape room, but maybe that’s the natural escalation path (i.e., card game to video game to physical game). You’ll be pleased with following this order.
You will be riveted by this game. The first thing you notice is how awesome the music and creepy sound effects are (Was that a child’s whispering voice I just heard? Or a door creaking open behind you?). Then you notice the amazing artwork that went into this game. I cannot imagine the amount of technical planning and design that had to take place to get this game just right (read up on how they made the game)! There are incredibly complex machines, contraptions, maps, holograms, tables, and boxes with so many layers of depth to each.
I thought the level of difficulty was perfect. You want a game with just the right amount of challenge, even a bit of frustration. This enhances the euphoria of finding that next clue or figuring out that vexing challenge. The Room doesn’t cross the line of being too frustrating which risks losing interest.
Wow, the sound effects are incredible! The creaks and groans and creepy whispers and eerie music all made for an engaging and spooky ambiance.
Tips & Tricks
- Don’t be too prideful to use the hints! =-) At first I found myself refusing to use them (too macho!), but I noticed the game start to take a turn for the negative when we’d get flat out stuck. It’s okay to get stuck, and it’s okay to use the hints! There are four levels of hints that guide you to the next step. It won’t give away the answer immediately.
- Think outside the box! Don’t get wrapped up in any one way of looking at or approaching challenges. (There’s some real-world advice for you!)
- Play with someone: your significant other, your child, even your elderly parent or adventurous grandparent! Get creative with it. Even if video games aren’t your thing, you’ll have a blast with The Room.
Scoring & Wrap-up
Overall, I give The Room an 8 out of 10 for the following reasons:
- The visual effects, artwork, and gameplay mechanics are outstanding.
- The overall puzzle difficulty level is spot-on: not too easy, not too hard.
- The sound effects are creepy and enhance the atmosphere of the entire game!
- There is a masterful sequence of steps in each level with specific actions leading to another and another.
- The mechanics are super easy to learn (point and click!).
- It’s perfect for date nights!
- The writing was so tiny at times, it was sometimes hard to read with our set-up (i.e., using a tv as a monitor). I would imagine on a normal PC screen this wouldn’t be an issue, but it could be.
- The transparent decoding “veil” use was a bit heavy for me. It seemed like there were too many times where that was the natural go-to solution.
There are now four games in this enthralling series, and I am so excited to take on The Room 2 next!
Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.