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Despite its short life (three hours only), The Room is probably one of the best puzzle games of recent years
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The Room is a fun and well designed puzzle game that suits the Nintendo Switch perfectly, thanks to its original puzzles, good control system and overall environment. Where the game misses out is on its long-term replay value, as well as on its rather exaggerated price for a game of its size but fans of puzzle games will definitely get something out of this experience.
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While it's to The Room's credit that the graphics and sound design remain impressive with the transition to PC, and able to compete against other PC titles, the gameplay does not, and without a compelling story the experience ends up being sadly forgettable.
The Room offers up a unique take on puzzle solving, with its intricate, ornate boxes and intriguing mystery. The touch controls and the game's beautiful, tiny details make the experience enjoyable on the Nintendo Switch, even if it's not too different from its mobile version.
The quality of The Room and the atmosphere it conjures is undeniable, and it's certainly worth checking out if you haven't played before. It's a pleasure to see some well-implemented pointer controls added to a classic touchscreen title, and the fact that this seminal release is now available on a dedicated gaming device is cause for celebration. Be aware that it's a slight offering by home console standards, though – it's crying out to be part of a compilation release with its three sequels. Perhaps one for the Wishlist, then, but it's a winner while it lasts.
Fireproof Games' The Room remains an engaging, clever puzzle game. It's a delight to uncover the secrets hidden within the mechanical boxes, but the Switch version just isn't a good value proposition.
The Room's puzzles are engaging and accessible, able to make you feel like you're using your brain without leaving you frustrated. This alone is enough for it to be held up as a success, but the game becomes something more interesting and affecting in how it uses these puzzles as the basis for subtle horror – not in its cliched story about an over-ambitious researcher, but the progression into its boxes-within-boxes, each impossibly larger than the last. It is disorientating, even nightmarish.
The Room is a unique puzzler on the Nintendo Switch
If you don't mind paying the extra premium, though, then you'll find a satisfying experience in The Room. Sure, the game isn't quite the innovative title it was in 2012, but the puzzles are still challenging enough to leave the player feeling like they've accomplished something once they finish the epilogue. It's a worthwhile addition to the Switch's library, and fans of other "escape-the-room" titles will get a real kick out of it for the few hours it lasts.
A great game, but with no value added it isn't worth buying over the mobile version. Too expensive for a game that's best played on a mobile screen anyway.