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The Room: Old Sins

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Fourth in intricate, beautiful, clever puzzler series.

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age 10+
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Educational Value

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

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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Consumerism

There's a link to the publisher's other games which are available to purchase without a parent gate.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Room: Old Sins is the fourth installment of The Room series of puzzle-based games that also includes The Room Two and The Room Three. 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." Sensitive kids may pick up on the undercurrent of fear and menace, although you can enjoy the game without even reading the journals. 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. It's a great game to play together since kids may need additional assistance figuring out some of the puzzles. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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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?

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