The Room: Old Sins
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fourth in intricate, beautiful, clever puzzler series.
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Kids can use spatial awareness, critical thinking, and practice their problem solving skills.
Ease of Play
The puzzles vary in difficulty. Hints are available, but may not always help. There is a lot of pinching/zooming and swiping required.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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What’s It About?
THE ROOM: OLD SINS weaves the tale of Edward and Abigail, a late Victorian-era couple living in Waldegrave Manor. 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. A hint system is available if players begin to struggle with a puzzle.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about solving puzzles in The Room: Old Sins and other games. How should you get started? What do you do if you get stuck? How is this like other challenges they face?
Draw your own dollhouse. What would the rooms look like? What kind of puzzles would you find?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, solving puzzles, spatial reasoning, thinking critically, Creativity: combining knowledge
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 5, 2018
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Publisher: Fireproof Games
- Version: 1.0.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: April 15, 2019
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