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Rooms: The Main Building

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sliding puzzles combined with a mystery for brainy fun.

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Rooms: The Main Building began as an award-winning Flash game in 2007. Now a DS and Wii game, the DS version shines for its portability. You don't have to stop playing if you're not near a computer. What's intriguing about the long series of rooms and their moody, dark designs is the inventiveness you need to progress from one to the other. Not only are you required to slide the pieces around to make your escape. You also collect mysterious treasures from creaky old chests you find in the rooms (which help you with the puzzles ahead). The rooms come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes extend to the subway or an antique shop. At one point, you have to wake a sleeping treasure chest by using an item you've found called the Stinky Wood Chip, an odd but hilarious name for an inventory item.

After you've finished the 100 levels, you can try again by ramping up the difficult and using a timed mode, or by restricting the number of panel movements. The replayability doesn't end there. With the level editor, you can make your own puzzles, too. It's a game full of hours of fun - in addition to the occasional frustration of being unable to solve a puzzle.

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