A room may not sound like the most interesting of settings, but jam it packed full of puzzles and there's no limit to the amount of intrigue you can find. Then open up a number of rooms to explore, and you've got a real adventure. This has been the design evolution of Fireproof Games' popular puzzle series, The Room, which has recently launched its fourth iteration on iOS called Old Sins,
The Room series began in 2012 with a 3D puzzle game set in the attic of an old abandoned house, tasking players with overcoming a variety of "bizarre contraptions and alchemical machinery" in order to unravel the mystery they collectively conceal. The 2014 sequel, The Room Two, presented a whole new wave of mechanical conundrums, but this time weaving in some additional story details following the "trail of cryptic letters from an enigmatic scientist known only as 'AS'." Continuing this progression in 2015, The Room Three moved into full adventure game mode with increased exploration and narrative elements, luring players to a secluded island mansion in order to "navigate a series of trials devised by a mysterious figure known only as 'The Craftsman'."
Now the series is back, with The Room: Old Sins picking up where its predecessors left off, but of course in a whole different location with brand new condundrums to confront. This time around, "the sudden disappearance of an ambitious engineer and his high-society wife provokes the hunt for a precious artefact. The trail leads to the attic of their deserted home, and the discovery of an old, peculiar dollhouse." As you proceed to "explore unsettling locations, follow obscure clues and manipulate bizarre artefacts on a journey into the world behind the veil," the gameplay once again consists largely of physically interacting with intricate objects and mechanisms firsthand, manipulating the 3D view in order to best access their many hidden secrets.
Each game in The Room series has launched first on mobile devices, with the first two later being remastered for PC release as well. The third game is currently still available exclusively for iOS and Android, while Old Sins can be found only on the App Store for now, though the Android version isn't expected to be far behind. To learn more about all four games, head on over to the developer's website for additional details.