Rooms: The Main Building (Nintendo DS)
- Created by Big Fish, creators of Mystery Case Files
- Title already available and popular on PC, similar launch scenario to Mystery Case Files
- Sliding puzzle game where the objective is to retrieve the puzzle pieces and to get to the exit of each room
- Over 100 puzzles to solve
- Level editor allows you to create your own puzzles
- Set in the 1930s with detailed graphics
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- Platform: Nintendo DS
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Rooms: The Main Building
Rooms is set in a dark and mysterious house called ‘Rooms Mansion’, the game plunges you into a virtual world based around 100 challenging sliding puzzles with a twist. In each room or level, you must think carefully and strategically to safely navigate your character to the room’s exit by sliding sections of the room, the same way as a slide puzzle. Your character can walk from tile to tile, but remember that only the tile that your character is standing in can be moved.
In this parallel world you need to use an amazing array of unusual items and devices, including telephones that teleport you from one side of the room to the other and explosives, to break through brick walls or other obstacles. And watch out – some rooms are filled with water and will need to be pumped out !
After escaping each puzzle you will be rewarded with four golden puzzle pieces that are required to secure your way home.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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On each level you start in one of the squares and you have to slide the squares about to get to the door (which then means you have completed that puzzle and you move on to the next level). You also have to climb ladders, go to wardrobes and they move squares for you, ring telephone's and you get transported to another square. This game is fun but also hard. Really good if you like solving puzzles.
For a start, the actual playing area is probably around 1/4 of the available screen - the rest is taken up with static building-block-type graphics that do nothing to enhance the playing experience. The result is that the rooms are pretty tiny, and the detail in them almost impossible to make out. To me this was wholly unnecessary and has really spoiled the game for me. I love puzzle games, but if I could send this back for a full refund, I would.
The game itself promises more than is delivered. So far I've collected gold keys that don't open anything and there is no evidence of the gold puzzle pieces that you are promised for completing each level. When you complete a room, the background of the mansion plan turns gold if you leave the rooms in exactly the right position, and silver if you complete the puzzle but don't leave the rooms where you're supposed to; hitting the hints button takes you to a tutorial page rather than giving tailored instructions for the particular puzzle you're in at the time. And what is really silly is that, despite being asked to enter your id at the start of the game, it refers to you as Mr X all the way through regardless. The id is only useful for identifying your file.
I really should learn to wait until games have been tried and tested by other reviewers, but being an avid puzzler can't wait to get my hands on new ones!
So far, he has played it and enjoys it but it has not proven to be as exciting as the advert made it out to be. It is very repetitive.
Not a complete let down but just ok.
The graphics are so tiny that its hard to see what you're supposed to be doing - if I have had any success its more by luck than anything else.
Afraid I have given up on it. In future I will wait for some reviews or, like someone else suggests, try the game on hire first.
Completed it yesterday and could'nt put it down.
It's hard in places but most of these games are , didn't have a problem with the size of the screen at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have only just started playing this game and I have a lot more things to learn. Meanwhile the parts that I have played are good, especially if you have a lot of patiencePublished 5 months ago by Michael J Swain
Not as good as expected. View is poor and cheap looking compared to other games. Not dear though.Published 7 months ago by Peaches and Cream
Game and instruction very confusing. Thought for each room where the pieces were mixed up, I would need to move the pieces around to form a complete picture of the room. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Malcolm