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Rooms: The Main Building

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Rooms: The Main Building is a single player puzzle game for Nintendo DS/DSi that challenges players to find their way out of a confusing world of more than 100 2D rooms that are inexplicably jumbled into tiled segments. The game utilizes a sliding tile … see full wiki

Console: Nintendo DS, Wii
Genre: Puzzle
Release Date: August 11, 2008
1 review about Rooms: The Main Building

A Fun Game That Grows on You

  • Jul 28, 2010
I'm in my mid-forties and I enjoyed playing Rooms. I wasn't sure about it at first. It took a little while to get the gist of it since the pictures are so tiny. Sometimes there is way too much detail about what to do and other times it just takes trial and error to get through a puzzle.

The premise of the game is to slide rooms around in a grid to get them in the correct place and go through a door. Sounds easy except that there are walls that block you from going into some rooms and you must have a ladder to go up or down a room. So you have to really think the puzzle out to get it to work. You can shift the view to remove all extra objects so that you can see what the background picture is and you can change to view to show you which rooms are in the correct place and which ones are still wrong.

They start out very easy, maybe two or three moves to complete. And they build up to puzzles that need 20 or more moves and a lot of preplanning. Items are added that add twists to the puzzles: wooden walls have to be blown up using gunpowder and a candle, a fire hydrant has to be moved above a room with water to empty it, wardrobes allow you to swap out rooms, telephones allow you to teleport to another room and a subway allows you to move to any room in that row.

The background story is pretty lame. A book talks to you to "help" the main character get out of the situation he's stuck in. Sometimes the mini quests in between Mansions are kind of silly. The talking book is annoying but it doesn't take away from the fact that the rest of the game is fun and rather addicting.

Once you completed all mansions (there are 20 puzzles in each mansion and there are 5 mansions) you can go back and try the rooms using a time limit or a set number of moves. It was fun going back but much easier the second time to get through most of the rooms.

Playing this on the DS does make it a little hard some times to see things. Objects are very tiny and often the rooms are a little dark. I didn't find that a hindrance in playing though.

Once you've done this, I can't see that it has any replay value though. But still, worth the money.

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