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Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Puzzle-filled story includes fun physical, mental aspects.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Puzzle Games
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age 8+

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age 8+

She likes it, sort of

Searching for age appropriate games for my nine year old girl so she can have her own time and space on the PS5 and not have to play just what her older brother does. Ran across this one on PlayStation Now. Premise is a little corny, but I suppose much of what is age-appropriate at this age would be. She likes puzzles and mysteries which is which is why we landed in this category. We're new to gaming, and I'm realizing that balancing frustration and challenge is a key dynamic that has to be managed well. This one errs a little on the frustrating side when learning the game play. It could stand more obvious places to go get help. Hints do appear but only when the game decides it wants to drop them. Until that happens frustration mounts. I'm glad I was present for her initial introduction to the game, as I was able to offer a few pointers that I could see. However eventually she figured out more of it than I could since she was using the controller and my ability to help diminished. If we play this again, I might join in with a different controller, which may also help her enjoy it more. There is nothing inappropriate for the age, and if she ends up liking it (still an open question). I think this would be a fun game to have in the library.

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Is It Any Good?

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Ample interactivity helps make this exploration-oriented app fun. Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery gives players some help with the investigation -- the main character, a detective, will appear from time to time with statements about there being nothing left to look at. While the graphics aren't life-like -- or even movie-like -- a number of neat visuals are included, such as steam from a bathroom sink revealing an image on a mirror that will help you advance. The settings you search for clues in vary by chapter and range from a residential home to an series of underground hallways, which helps keep things lively.

In addition to turning things over and looking for clues, you periodically need to solve primarily picture-based puzzles. A few may initially be tricky, and you're often on your own to figure out what you need to do because any directions received aren't very detailed, although you can watch an ad to see a walkthrough of the level. Players may, for instance, need to rotate squares with lines on them until they all appear to connect, or enter a code they've discovered somewhere else into a keypad. Once they do, doors pop open, secret passages are revealed, and other exciting twists can unfold. But the puzzles seem to get more complicated and come with less explanation as you play, which can be challenging. Some actions are repeated in the game, like picking up a lot of keys, but there's clearly been an effort to feature a variety of activities, such as placing candles you've collected on a candelabra to find which spots will depress when one is placed on them. The controls can, at times, feel cumbersome -- some rooms don't have full 360-degree turning capabilities, and you may find they need to click or swipe on things more than once to avoid entering a doorway or otherwise touching the wrong thing. Also, a cost is eventually involved if you want to keep playing after the first act. But completing just the first act alone can be an interesting experience -- and Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery's cost is low enough that parents may not mind.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Release date: May 22, 2021
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: Kiary Games
  • Version: 2.0.25
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later or Android 5.1 and up.
  • Last updated: September 27, 2021

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