Make Rooms in your brain. You’ll need it.

Spoiler alert! Rooms for iPad delivers floor after floor of brain wracking fun. The puzzles look simple but many are so devious you’ll feel trapped in the maze forever. Every puzzle is solvable, but you may need to twist your brain into pretzels to find it.


Rooms: The Main Building is pure puzzle. This may not be the game for a hot summer afternoon, but when you need to while away a couple of hours in the evening in the comfort of your air conditioning you can’t do better. If you love challenging puzzles.

Rooms is a puzzle game, pure and simple. No strategy involved, no need to manage time and resources. You just need to find your way to the exit, and the way may be hard to get to. It’s based on the PC version of the game, but if you look up the walkthroughs on the web, you may discover the solutions are slightly different.

Players explore four mansions with twenty locked rooms. They can’t leave a room until they find their way to the door. If they can also put the room in its proper order, they win a gold medal. Once they reach the last room of the last mansion, they enter challenge mode where they can’t pass through the door until they arrange the room perfectly. To make matters more difficult, they have to do it in a set number of moves.

In the toughest challenge mode, the doorway out of the room is blocked until every room is moved into the proper place. To make it even tougher, you have to complete the puzzle in the required number of steps.

Each mansion contains treasure chests, and players must successfully leave certain rooms before they can collect the treasure. Treasure includes wood chips and subway tickets which they need to cash in between levels on the Rooms Street.

No one can complete the mansions without trading their treasures for clues to special items on the Rooms street. Players will need to find candles and cell phones to help them cross the room successfully. They will also need to pick up keys, fish bowls, pumps and other trinkets to unlock doors and empty flooded rooms.

The Rooms Street leads to a hotel, subway station and antique shop. Each of these stations presents additional puzzles that players can only solve with treasure they found in the mansions.

Unlike many games, the items unlocked will be used again and again to solve puzzles; they won’t simply get players to the next level. This means players will need to think back to previous solutions and puzzle out new ones.

The puzzles follow the same model. To move to the next room, reach the exit. But to solve the puzzle properly, the rooms need to be in the correct order. The rooms are cut into pieces, like jigsaw puzzles which must be rearranged.

Unlike jigsaw puzzles, however, you can’t move any piece around. You have to make your way to each piece and move it to a new place. Unfortunately, another piece may be in your way, so you may have to move several times to move a single piece one space to the right. Fortunately, you can see a map showing you what the finished puzzle should look like.

You can consult a map showing you how well your current configuration matches the appropriate layout of your room. Good luck moving the pieces into the right order, however.

The developers throw increasingly complex challenges and tools into each room. You may need to teleport between rooms, only to discover the teleporters are one way. You may need to connect a chain of rooms with ladders or rotate your piece to exit from the top. You may find mirrors in the rooms that move other rooms with mirrors. You may have to move pieces with dynamite next to blocked walls to blow them up. Unfortunately, you may end up blowing yourself up.

The rooms can be incredibly complex. This puzzle contains teleporters, rotating pieces and even magic wardrobes that move another piece into your current position.

Rooms: The Main Building will suck you in quickly if you’re up for the challenge. You may have to put a puzzle down for a day or two to mull over the solution, but when it comes to you you’ll be glad you worked it through. Unless you like zombies. In that case you’re SOL.

Jenny Manytoes rates Rooms: The Main Building

Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over Rooms. But you already knew this because I’ve already said every game this week is a best buy. And even at $6, it’s definitely a best buy.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat

  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.
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About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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