Doors&Rooms

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Addictive room-escape puzzle game has dashes of violence.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn logic and deductive reasoning as they work to solve the puzzles Doors&Rooms throws at them. To successfully complete the game, players will need to carefully assess the situation. There's a lot of trial and error -- and some frustration (since not all of the puzzles are especially fair) -- but kids who stick with it and figure out the puzzles will get a boost of self-confidence. Doors&Rooms makes no apologies for being challenging, but kids will learn the value of studying a situation and thinking several moves ahead.

Ease of Play

The game is very easy at first, then starts to ramp up the difficulty -- but doesn't do so at a discouraging rate. 

Violence

Bombs are sometimes used in the game and can explode, leaving a red blood splatter on the screen. There are also some horror icons, like skulls, in the game. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game is very advertising heavy up front and lets users purchase clues for levels using in-game currency. That currency is earned by solving puzzles, but can also be purchased.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doors&Rooms is a puzzle game with some scary elements. The game is largely about escape, though why you're locked away is never made clear. Some levels feature things like bombs, which can kill you and end the game. Those deaths are semi-graphic, with blood splatters on the screen. That content is rare, though. The game's focus is squarely on the puzzles. 

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Kid, 12 years old June 5, 2013

Occasional blood, but thrillingly addictive...

This is a highly addictive game that focuses on escaping from a room, usually supposing that you've been kidnapped. There is occasionally blood, though it... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players have to figure out how to unlock doors and escape a room. This is largely done by examining the room for clues (which can range from scraps of paper to colored control panels), then either assembling or dismantling them to find the key. Later levels require players to do things like play with projectors to cast a shadow of the solution on the wall. Users who get stuck can buy a clue using in-game currency.

Is it any good?

Doors&Rooms is a bit inconsistent in its puzzles, but it's largely a fun game that will make you stop and think. While some puzzles seem a bit unfair (hint: keep notes about the keys on Level 1), others are quite logical -- and the game's learning curve is very gentle. 

The in-game violence is unnecessary, but does add a surprise element. At its best, though, Doors&Rooms doesn't rush you. It lets you turn things over in your head as you figure out the riddles. And the developer's plans to continually add content could make it something that devours free time for a while to come. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage your kids to play chess or other games that force them to be forward-thinking. Chess Academy is a great place to start.

  • Model problem-solving strategies by thinking aloud. Kids will learn from your example.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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