The Room

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Gorgeous, captivating puzzle game will draw you in.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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 The Room throws at them. To successfully complete the game, players will need to carefully assess the goals and the obstacles. There's a lot of trial and error -- and a lot of frustration -- but kids who stick with it and figure out the puzzles will get a boost of self-confidence. The Room makes no apologies for being challenging, but kids will learn the value of studying a situation and thinking several moves ahead.

Ease of Play

Some of the game's puzzles are difficult, but they're never impossibly hard -- and a clue system will nudge you in the right direction if you're stuck. 

Violence

The game can get a bit spooky, but there's no real violence to speak of. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Room is a perplexing puzzle game that has players work their way through a series of interactive puzzle boxes. The game sets a very mysterious, moody tone that might make players nervous (much like a horror movie's music is responsible for the chills you get), but is more focused on engaging your mind than scaring you. There is no sex, commercialism, or language to worry about. 

User Reviews

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Kid, 11 years old September 21, 2014

Awesome

I love this game!!! I wish they would make a 3. It helps the Brain learn tor hunk and put things together. My rating is so big is because little kids will have... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 31, 2015

My favourite Game

This is on of my favourite games! Beautiful graphics and the game is easy to play. They are no complicated controls, you look around by swiping and tap to zoom... Continue reading

What's it about?

Players attempt to open a series of locked puzzle boxes to solve an enigmatic mystery that presents itself at the start of the game. They'll do this by interacting with the boxes, sliding nearly hidden latches, rotating their view to view things differently, and zooming in and out to get a closer look at the puzzles. Once they open a box, they're faced with another.

Is it any good?

The Room is, quite simply, captivating. Incredibly well designed and absolutely gorgeous to look at, the game challenges players without frustrating them. The joy in playing, however, comes from exploring every nook and cranny -- and resisting the urge to look at the hints. The game creates an incredible aura of suspense, which is impressive when you realize you're simply pinching, zooming, and flipping for most of the game. Few games use the touch controls of mobile phones and tablets as well as this one does. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • When kids face a dilemma in real life, ask them to think of various ways to resolve it -- with an eye on the long-term consequences.

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

  • Encourage kids to play other games that teach them to be forward-thinking, such as chess.

App details

For kids who love puzzles and adventure

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