What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.