The Room

Released: 28 Jul 2014
Reviewed: 28 Jun 2023
Platform: PC

The Room is an escape room style game, with an emphasis on solving puzzle boxes. Each chapter involves a single intricate wooden box, and as you solve each section you find something that can be used to progress. The absolute highlight of this game (and the series) is how tactile and beautiful the puzzles are; the developers have done a wonderful job of making the box feel like a real object that you slowly unlock. Solving each puzzle is rewarded with a beautiful animation of something unfolding, winding, extending all like clockwork mechanical pieces. Overall the difficulty is spot on, although I ran into one section in the last chapter I didn't understand even after reading all the clues.

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