I first want to sincerely apologize for the lack of reviews lately. Life just getting in the way.
To make up for it, I want to tell you about absolutely the BEST game I have ever played in my entire life. It’s called The Room. It was Editor’s Choice in the U.S. App Store last week for very good reason. It has been Editor’s Choice in 146 countries, actually.
I really don’t feel like I’m going to be able to do this game justice with my words or with photos. It is truly a unique experience that you must see and interact with for yourself to fully appreciate. But, I’ll try to describe what is so awesome about it.
The Room ($4.99; iPad only) by Fireproof Games is a simple concept done so well that it had me literally gasping with surprises that were visually and conceptually stunning.
You start out in a room with a box (like in the photo). There are a few things on top of the box to look at that give you clues as to how to begin to open the box. This is how the story of The Room begins. There is a simple tutorial to get you used to the pinch gestures and other aspects that you will use in playing The Room.
Opening the box becomes your main goal. This box is unlike a simple present that you open to just see what is inside. Because, what is inside is more and more and more to open. Not just boxes within boxes. More like worlds within worlds.
The graphics are beyond description. What you see is so real that everything around you will just disappear as you become completely immersed in this new reality.
The subtle, eery music helps keep you in your new world without ruining the effect. I found myself actually turning up the sound for the first time with any game.
I have never played a game with such amazing controls, either. You don’t simply touch a button to make something happen. There are switches to be moved, dials to be turned, and items that can only be activated with truly original types of interaction (I don’t want to spoil any of the surprises here).
And, everything that you collect to use can be examined in detail. There are surprises to behold even in these seemingly simple items, so examine them closely.
There are only 4 chapters to this game, but they will entertain your brain and captivate your mind so completely that they will feel like forever. The challenges that lie within the each chapter are so mysterious, unique, and baffling at times, that you’ll spend half an hour just examining one small piece of the puzzle.
There are hints to help you, but even these are not specific (unless you press it multiple times). They are more like guides instead of immediate answers, which is good.
The Room must be savored. Take your time, because there is nothing else like this in the App Store. Nothing.
I so, so hope that this developer doesn’t keep us waiting too long for another game. The experience of playing The Room is unparalleled by any other game in existence.
You may think this review over the top or that The Room can’t possibly live up to these descriptions. But, you will not be disappointed.
So, take a break from those endless runners, shooters, and hidden object games. And, enter The Room.
That’s it for me. I’m going to try for another review later today on some photography apps. Until then, …
UPDATE: The Room Pocket is now available for the iPhone. It is FREE to try. It’s available only for the iPhone 4S and 5 due to heavy graphic needs.