Rooms: The Main Building - Steam PC version - 8 / 10
First playthrough 17 hrs, finished 2015.03.28
I have fond memories of playing handheld Sliding Tile games.... easy to pick up, simple mechanics and satisfying every time. Rooms: The Main Building awakens many of these happy feelings and surprises in the game mechanics department. Innovative, odd and quirky at times, the bottom line is a good little game like this deserves your attention and there is a sequel which is imminent… I will Definitely be picking up the sequel.
Your character must exit from the Tile Grid by walking into The One Tile with an Exit Door. While moving between two adjacent tiles may be as simple as walking left to right or using a ladder to go up and down, most of the game will require skillful reorganization of tiles to get around obstructed walls, teleportation with your cellphone, pumping water out of flooded tiles, tile swapping, taking the subway and more. While the each of the game mechanics are simple, layering them generates complex puzzles. Thankfully the developers showed restraint and the resulting suite of 100 puzzles progress well. The tougher puzzles lend themselves quite nicely to trial and error to open up possibilities when the brain becomes over taxed with abstract rules. The developers have included a tool for generating your own puzzles which you could take to a masochistic level of complexity…. Your personal puzzles are saved to your steam folder and can be exchanged with your homies.
What does not work in this game? There is a simple yet odd adventure story with hidden objects that tie together the 4 mansions, each mansion housing the 25 puzzle rooms; a clunky VN style interface; small video sequences for all character movements that are tooooo long; the audioscape is barely tolerable, there is no voice acting - only zoo zoo pet sounds, and I had to turn off the music; the internal achievement system did not recognize three quarters of what was finished; there are no steam achievements; YET all of this is Completely Forgivable because sometimes a game is just good; in fact this game deserves a 10/10. I am excited about the sequel coming out this year, this is a Definite Buy in my universe.
Buy this game Rooms: The Main Building if you would like a Zen and calming puzzle experience bringing the classic 2D Sliding Tile puzzle game to the third if not fourth dimension. You should buy if you like Different.