The Room: The Old Sins Review
This time around, the game opens with a familiar tutorial that lays out the intuitive touchscreen controls. Basically, you pan the camera around by dragging your finger, and move in and out of objects by double tapping on them to zoom in and doing the familiar iOS pinching gesture to zoom out.
How well The Room games control is pretty wild, as the original one really felt like you were interacting with a real puzzle box and as mobile hardware has gotten better over the years the increase in graphical fidelity only makes Old Sins feel more real. Stepping back a bit, Old Sins takes a pretty clever approach to how the environment of the game works. Primarily, you are interacting with a dollhouse as the main puzzle box which makes it feel a lot like the original The Room with one primary object absolutely dripping with secrets. In this case, you look through your eye glass, and zoom right in.
Items feel like they play a slightly larger role than previous installments, with you often having an inventory full of seemingly random things which all get used together in different ways to complete some of the more complicated puzzles. Oh, and the fabulous hint system that The Room games used is back. After you spend enough time fiddling around trying to figure out what to do next, the game will offer a very vague hint which pushes you slightly in the right direction.
This keeps going until Old Sins basically straight up tells you what to do next. Reviewing the fourth installment of a fabulous game series at this point feels like more of a formality, because of course Old Sins is good. In a nutshell, The Room games are among the best puzzle games the App Store has to offer, and Old Sins falls right in line with the three previous amazing titles.
Get age-based picks. The puzzles vary in difficulty. Hints are available, but may not always help.
There is a creepy vibe and the storyline may be distressing. The story is primarily told through diary entries, but one scene vaguely shows an angry character destroying a room. A dead body appears at one point. There's a link to the publisher's other games which are available to purchase without a parent gate. As with other apps in the series, the setting is dark and creepy.
This story chronicles a wife and husband through journal entries as he descends into madness in a quest to find something called "the Null. Though there's a dead body toward the end of the game, there's nothing bloody or otherwise graphic, and some kids may not even understand that he's dead. Kids will need some basic motor skills and the ability to read.
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It's a great game to play together since kids may need additional assistance figuring out some of the puzzles. Add your rating See all 1 parent review. Add your rating. The couple has disappeared and the player is searching for clues to their disappearance. When the player discovers a dollhouse replica of their home, the story begins to unfold. We learn that Edward, an engineer, has been searching for a mysterious item called the Null. Abigail begins to fear that his search is having a negative effect on his health and mental well-being. The player must solve a series of puzzles -- many mechanical in nature -- to unlock the rooms in the dollhouse and find the missing couple.
The Room: Old Sins
A hint system is available if players begin to struggle with a puzzle. This deliciously creepy puzzler is beautiful to look at just like its predecessors in the series , intriguing to explore, and -- most of all -- rewarding to solve. The Room: Old Sins provides just enough challenge to keep things interesting without introducing puzzles that feel impossible to solve. There's some repetition in the puzzle mechanics, but that only serves to make the player feel like they're growing in mastery.
Each dollhouse room you unlock is an intricately designed part of the story that makes you want to continue, even if the true plot doesn't pique your interest. There are some darker elements involved, making it more appropriate for older kids, but it's also a game many families will enjoy exploring together. Families can talk about solving puzzles in The Room: Old Sins and other games.
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