What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, solving puzzles, thinking critically|
|Release date:||November 26, 2012|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up|