The Room – an iPad Game Review

Wow! Where shall I begin? I have to say that this game is hands down the best game I have ever played on my iPad and it has seriously raised the bar for game developers on the iOS platform. The Room is the first game that Fireproof Games, the game company behind this masterpiece, has created for the iOS platform, and we are all impressed! I have to say, they executed their first game project flawlessly. Just about everything in this game is perfect, from the in-game graphics which were beautifully done, to the engaging nature of the game and just the right level of difficulty. Difficult enough to keep you challenged and engaged for hours on end but not too difficult to frustrate the user to the point where they put down the game to never return.

With any game like The Room, the biggest challenge for the game designers is how to create the level of difficulty that is just right. It needs a perfect balance, and that’s what separates a good game from an amazing game. And the guys over at Fireproof Games somehow pulled it off! They used subtle hints that you could select as you progressed through the game and when you were close to figuring out the next step. The hints would only appear when you were examining a certain section of the puzzle to make sure you had actually done some leg work in solving the riddle first…loved it! These were optional  hints and the game allowed you to make the decision if you wanted to view them or not. The hints were very subtle so you were still forced to think the problem through and come up with your next course of action as opposed to just being told, go do this. Brilliant idea!

If I were to critique anything it would have to be the story line. It didn’t make much sense and there was no big “aha” moment at the end once the puzzle was solved. This would have made the game even better. The problem is that the designers made the puzzle solving so engaging with cool animations once the puzzle was solved that we really didn’t care about the story line. However, I think for gamers to get a feeling of connection to a game, the game designers need to suck them into the game with the story and this game didn’t really do that. I won’t disclose what happens at the end as I encourage everyone to go purchase this game and give it a go to see for yourself. You can purchase it for only $1.99 USD at the itunes store. Check it out here:

All I can think about, is when their next game or continuation of this game will be here for us to play. If you have an iPad and like puzzles and problem solving, this is definitely the game for you. If you prefer games where you just turn your brain off and enjoy doing repetitive acts, then this game is probably not for you, but you are probably not the target gamer Fireproof Games is out to please.