RoomBreak: Escape Now!! By Gameday
RoomBreak: Escape Now!! is a hefty room escape game for iPhone/iPod/iPad. It consists of 5 episodes, each with 5 rooms, adding up to a total of 25 challenging rooms to escape. Gameday even promises a sixth episode is soon to come.
RoomBreak is pretty challenging game for the genre. One might even say that it’s a hardcore game. What makes it different from others is that there is an exhaust meter for every room. If you’re the type of person who likes to relax and take your time exploring a room and solving the puzzles, it may be a very frustrating game for you. You’ll likely have to replay most of the rooms at least once before you complete them, since it’s so hard to discover everything before the timer runs out. There are also some mini-games involved, which get increasingly harder as you progress. The two games are connected to the knife and the hammer. Using the knife requires you to watch as a sequence of slices flash across the screen. You then have to copy them in the right order in order for the knife to work. The hammer is even more challenging, as it requires you to tap on circles as little yellow rings appear on them. It’s a bit like that old-school game called Simon. It gets pretty hard in the 4th episode, and can be incredibly frustrating to complete. However, if you’re someone who likes these kinds of challenges, or can forgive them, you’re in for quite an experience.
It’s easy to tell that a lot of love went into making this game. The 2D graphics are reminiscent of a graphic novel, all drawn superbly well. The music is also done well, with plenty of variety from room to room. The puzzles are challenging and will have you stumped at times. But this means you won’t be finishing the game in one day. There are hours worth of gameplay here.
If you have any trouble, here are some tips:
1. For the knife tool, write down the direction of the arrows so you don’t forget them. You can try as many tines as you want, because the exhaust meter is not affected while you have a puzzle open.
2. For the hammer, you need to tap each circle as the yellow ring hits it. The game is very unforgiving, so you must be exact. In Episodes 4 and 5, I don’t recommend playing while you’re half asleep, as the puzzle gets quite elaborate. Again, like the knife, you can keep trying until you get it without having to worry about the exhaust meter.
I hope that helps you. Good luck escaping!