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Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Well-made sliding puzzle stuck with repetitive gameplay.

Game Windows 2015
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Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle is a sequel to a Wii and DS game that came out in 2010. Success is achieved by sliding the rooms around to get the little girl from a starting location to the door that leads to the next level. As players solve each puzzle, they're awarded one-to-three badges (three being the highest) to show how quickly it was solved. The problem here, though, is that rooms aren't randomly generated, so if a player solves it once and receives a low score, she can revisit the level and solve it much faster to achieve a higher score. That also ruins the replayability of the game, since players can memorize the solution.

The graphics are very nice, special effects are handled well, and the background music has a nice feel that accentuates the gameplay. Though the story is told well, there's a major disconnect between the story and the gameplay. Namely, there isn't any explanation as to how or why the story relates to the increasingly difficult puzzles, which doesn't help to draw in players. As a result, this is a game that's good for one play-through, especially for puzzle fans, but there isn't much replayability or a story to keep them playing once they're done.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: HandMade Game
  • Release date: May 1, 2015
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Topics: Puppets
  • ESRB rating: NR for Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle is not rated by the ESRB. That notwithstanding, the game is very simple and is puzzle-based with no violence, language issue or anything that might concern parents.
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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