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Following the recent surge in puzzle games, Rooms: the main building is another puzzle game, but with a completely different style to it to many other games.
It is a sliding piece puzzle, split into 100 levels. In each level, you have to slide the 'pieces' of the room in order to move the character to the exit, so that he can find a puzzle piece and then escape.
It is set in the 1930's, and claims to have very detailed graphics - but this is one of the major problems i had. The game doesn't seem to make the most use of the dual screens of the Nintendo DS, instead much of the game play is focussed on the touch screen. I found that the game is quite 'dark' in terms of colours, and with my screen protector on i found it hard to see what i was playing (not had this problem with any other games. I also thought that lots of the screen seemed to be taen up with other 'bits' meaning the actual sliding puzzle was quite small, making gameplay difficult. Maybe if played on the DSi XL this would improve game play.
There are other small inadequacies with the game. For example, it ass for your name at the beginning, but then your name is completely forgotten, and the pseudonym 'Mr X' is used.
Also, the lack in variety with the gameplay makes it rather boring. Every level is just another very similar looking room within the mansion, meaning that its the sort of game you only play for 10 minutes rather than sitting and playing for a session.
The concept of this game is great, but sadly the execution is somewhat mediocre. Hopefully another gaming company will pick up on the ideas in this game and redevelop them into something that makes use of the screens and is far more enjoyable to play. In the mean time, i wouldn't waste your money on this.