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While I'm not exactly a big puzzle game buff, The Room has me intrigued. Ornate safes, crazy locks, picking tools, and mysterious symbols - all in a wonderfully crafted 3D experience? It beats the hell out of trying to figure out which way to move a set of colorful blocks. The Room actually made its true Android debut as part of the latest mobile Humble Bundle, but now it's on the Play Store.

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The game has received near-universal critical praise, and was a massive hit on iOS, where it achieved the much-coveted iPad Game Of The Year Award from Apple in 2012. There really aren't many more ringing endorsements that could be heaped on here, and at just $2, how could you not buy it? Check out the trailer below, then head to the Play Store to pick it up.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/incarnedine_v Dan Hibiki

    Oh, hello there.
    I'm quite disappointed that the game adaptation is nothing like the movie.

    • Steez

      Adaptation? I never saw it advertised as that. Pretty sure it has nothing to do with the movie...

      • A

        He was joking, mate. ;)

    • Jaime Larios

      Up voted for the name!

  • Jeremy Gilliam

    I picked this up in the most recent Humble Bundle and absolutely love this game. Very challenging and a joy to discover new things. It is difficult enough to struggle but with persistence, the puzzles can be solved.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

      I got this with the humblebundle, and it is one of the very few games that I really finished on my Android,

  • SEJ326

    Does this require a Tegra 3 processor? The Play store is telling me it's incompatible with both my Evo 3D and Transformer.

    • HellG

      Nope it's compatible with my bluestack's T-Mobile GT-I9100 & T-Mobile GT-N7000

    • David Coiner

      It says it isn't compatible with any of my devices yet it works great on my Xoom when I got it from the Humble Bundle.

    • atlouiedog

      It works well on my Photon Q but is incompatible in the store.

  • Spittie

    As probably a lot of other persons, I got this with the most recent Humble Bundle.
    The game itself is well developed, the graphics are pretty and the gameplay is quite smooth.
    The challenges are enjoyable, and I have to admit that some times (ok, a lot) I waited for the tips that you get when you get "stuck" for a bit on one.

    The music is great, and it even get quite creepy toward the end.

    The bad: While the game is good, I found it too short. You get only 4 rooms, so you can easily complete in in maybe... 3 hours, depending on how fast you are. Sure, it's only $2 (and I probably paid it even less in the bundle), so I can't really complain, but since it's great I would have loved it being more long.

    Also, there basically is no story. Yes, "the null element" and stuff, but you basically keep on solving enigmas without being told anything new. That's the biggest complain I have.

    And, to end, while single enigmas may be hard, the game as a whole really isn't. You never get more than a single challenge at the same time, which mean that you can basically keep on trying random stuff until you get it right. An hard puzzle game is something that make you deal with a lot of things at the same time, without having you feel cluttered. Also enigmas are almost never based on previous enigmas, so you don't even have to remember how you solved one.

    For only $2, it's a good game, and I suggest everyone that like puzzle game to get it. But i don't think I have pay more for it, since sometimes is really just feel like a glorified tech demo. If you can shell out a bit more, go get the Humble Mobile Bundle. You get this, some other great games and even the soundtracks.

    Btw, it worked great on my Nexus 7.

    • btod

      awesome review. Thanks

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        • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

          will this also make my penis bigger?

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          Artem, can you just block comments that contain fab99? (which I guess would then include this one...)

    • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

      Pretty much sums it up really well.

  • Christopher Belanger

    It's incompatible with my Transformer Prime, my EVO 3D, my wife's EVO Shift 4G . . . but it will install on my Cyanogen Mod OG Kindle?

  • http://twitter.com/shamus_carter james kendall

    fun little puzzler but i managed to finish it in only 2 hours. it was unstable on my rugby pro and keeped crashing but it worked fine on my tab 2 7.0 I will worn you that their is little replayablity. I wish their were more levels.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larryjasonstorey Jason Storey

    I hope this means the sequel is coming soon and hits Android at the same time

  • Igor Farago

    It's funny, I've had it and played it from the Humble bundle on my Xoom without issues. However the Play Store claims that my "device isn't compatible with this version".

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

    I personally don't want to support developers who release android version after they have milked their iOS version completely. Once "The Room" is old news in iOS and no one is going to buy it there anymore, they re releasing it on Android to make some more money. Feels like once iOS users are done with it, they are sending the leftovers to Android.

    Disclosure: I had bought the game on iPad on Thanksgiving 2012. I love the game. Step-fatherly treatment of Android - not so much.

    • saltyzip

      People like you bring a bad name to Android. It's easier to develop for IOS end of story. These small game companies, sometimes only a handful or less strong in numbers, can't afford to develop an IOS and Android game in parallel. Therefore you should be grateful, as I am that quality games like these come into the play store, as every high quality game makes Android stronger. Better to come late to the party, than not at all.

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

        People like you are the reason why Android gets apps so much later than iOS. 'Coz developers know that you'll lap it up, no matter how low they think of Android. Show them that you won't put up with this behavior and then see how development speed picks up.

        • saltyzip

          If we want Android to succeed we buy these great games from the Play Store, we don't sideload etc. and we don't act like a child and try and have a dig at developers because they didn't release the Android game until much later.

          Once Developers make more money selling games from the Play Store then from the equivalent Apple App Store, Android games will get development priority. It's all about economics.

          • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

            I never said sideload it. I didn't play it on my android. I played it on my iPad.
            Release the game on the play store same time as other platform, not when it is old news and has got 'classic' status. Android also deserves 'latest', not old 'antiques'. One or two week later is fine. Not one or two year.

          • http://twitter.com/mrjayviper Jayel Villamin

            you can't just port an iOS app to Android in 1-2 weeks when you are a small team...

          • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

            So, one year? Once the app gets shelved in iOS?

      • bob

        no, people like you bring a bad reputation on Android. it is not easier to develop for ios, I'm talking as a developer here.

        • saltyzip

          If you are a developer you should be acting more mature, and would realise that developing for an iPhone which most people would run on the latest IOS version and pretty much a similar format screen and similar hardware is damn site easier than developing on the multitude of devices and OS versions that run Android. You can't get a much bigger Android fan than me, but at least I am willing to admit its strengths and weaknesses.

          • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com/ Bikram Agarwal

            Yes, I agree somewhat with you there - that developing a game might be a tad bit more complicated on Android platform because of its 'fragmentation' - so many device form factor, hardware etc. And developers want to test their app on as many devices as possible. But in case you didn't know, android apps can scale themselves to fit the screen, unlike iOS apps. And even iOS devices have multiple os version. The older generations of iDevices don't always get latest updates. So, iOS developers also need to support older OS version. Doesn't make their life much easier than it would be if they were developing for Android. And no one expects any company to support every single Android device on the first launch itself. Android app releases are expected/accepted as phased releases. You release your app with the widest device compatibility you can bake in, and then add additional device support as time permits. But nope - what are these kind of developers doing -

            "ooohhhh... iOS is a big money cow. Let's milk it. Android...? Huh... they can wait". After a year - "No one is buying our game anymore. That new game [insert latest popular game name here] is getting all the downloads". "why don't we release it on Android now? They've been craving for it so long. We'll be smash hit there". And the app is released on android.

  • Rodolfo Zatorre

    Fu***** amazing game, bought it via Humble Mobile Bundle, although it's a short game, it's really enjoyable and and challenging, and it's said to have a sequel or another levels, i don't know wich one, still waiting for more.

  • Adam

    I'm sure it'd be a lot of fun, but it's incompatible with my Thrive. :(

  • Rob Fireproof

    Hi all, Rob, the coder on The Room here. Just wanted to say thanks for all the great comments, and explain the compatibility a little.

    On the Humble Bundle there are no restrictions on what devices the ame can be downloaded on. Lots of people downloaded it on incompatible hardware, and were disappointed when they were unable to play.

    For the Google Play release, we're able to set what devices are allowed to download the game. There are over 3000 different Android devices, and obviously we can only test on a fraction of the most popular ones. I set up Google Play to only allow devices that I know work, or other top-end devices which I'm confident wont have a problem.

    If you've got a device that you know works which is listed as incompatible, or one that's a good spec and you think should work, either leave a note on the forum or drop us a mail at info@fireproofgames.com, and we'll see if we can add them to the list.

    Thanks,
    Rob

  • idi

    This app is incompatible with your O2 Sony C6603.

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