58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
A great concept,
This review is from: Rooms: The Main Building (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
I'm a 36 year old female who likes puzzle type games. I've just finished playing this game in the story mode and I very much enjoyed it. The puzzles are all sliding puzzles which you have to be standing in to move. It can be likened to a game of chess in some ways as you have to think several moves ahead.
It is a very simple story which shows how your character gets to be in the Rooms Mansion and why you have to complete the sliding puzzles in order to get back home.
The puzzles start off showing you the basics of moving blocks and gradually introduce you to objects you can interact with, for example a phone box which will beam your character from one block to another and a wardrobe block which will swap spaces with another wardrobe block. There are several other objects which help you complete each game and get to the exit.
There are various tasks to complete as well as the moving block puzzles. These give you access to new objects which you can interact with, for example the subway station objects, the turning blocks over object and mirrors objects. You get the parts to unlock these collection items as you finish more puzzles.
The sliding games range from very simple to very complex but most are reasonably easy or instinctive to fathom out after a few false starts. I've personally had to find help via a walk-through to finish 4 or 5 of the most difficult puzzles.
COMPARED TO PROFESSOR LAYTON
This is a different type of game. Prof Layton puzzles require you using many different skill types. Most people find they prefer certain types of puzzle and leave out the ones they struggle with. Therefore, Prof Layton will appeal to a larger audience. Rooms puzzles are similar to playing chess, you have to think several moves ahead rather than moving things around randomly and hoping it works. I personally love the Professor Layton games as well.
I would rate this game 4 star because it is an excellent concept and works very well. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because the background pictures are quite difficult to see sometimes. It possibly could be improved maybe by using a background shape instead of a detailed picture. I think it is probably aimed at the more mature DS gamer as some may get frustrated at repeating puzzles several times to get the right move combinations. There is no random pressing of buttons and hope it works here. It draws you in and makes you think, "I'll just finish one more puzzle". Playability is quite high because once you have completed the game in story mode you can try again in the limited moves mode or timed mode. I haven't tried the online options. I hope you enjoy this game as much as I have. Thank you for reading!
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Initial post: 22 Dec 2010 18:01:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2010 18:02:01 GMT
Mrs. S. L. Tait says:
Now that's what I call a review..fantastic!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2010 18:35:47 GMT
Mrs Sheryl Watson says:
You're welcome! I hope you found it useful.
Posted on 23 Feb 2011 16:25:51 GMT
Mrs. Susan Young says:
I have just started playing this. After a confusing start I found your review very helpful. Thanks
Posted on 30 May 2011 16:25:44 BDT
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Posted on 18 Aug 2012 00:07:27 BDT
David Clarke says:
Thanks, very useful!
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