One of this year's Independent Games Festival Student Showcase winners, Rooms by HandMadeGame is a clever mix of point-and-click and puzzle elements that together create an engaging game play experience. One word of caution: the game files are huge and may require considerable time to load.
Kim JongHwa—of Seoul, South Korea—is the brilliant young mind behind this game set in a mysterious mansion with rooms that move and that contain magical items to help you make your way through. Using both mouse and keyboard, use the items you find and slide the rooms into the correct configuration to make your escape.
The arrow keys on the keyboard are used to navigate your in-game avatar through each room, up and down ladders, and through doors. Use the mouse to click on items to activate or to pick them up. Once picked up, press and hold the mouse button on the avatar to bring up an inventory select control. To physically move the room you are currently in, press and hold the mouse button anywhere on the room itself to bring up a room navigation control, and then select the desired direction.
Along the way you will find newspapers lying about. These contain helpful information about new elements of the game being introduced, so it's a good idea to take a look once you pick them up.
If you like Rooms, be sure to check out the new version Rooms: The Main Building.
As you complete each level, a puzzle piece in the shape of the final room configuration for that level is added to a picture comprised of shapes from all of the levels in the game. The indicator on the left (just above the reset switch) shows how many rooms are in the correct position for the level. You'll need to have each level in the correct configuration to fill-in the meta puzzle completely.
Analysis: Rooms is a delightful game with spectacular presentation and art direction. The video animation of the avatar is very nicely done, and the seamless movement between rooms as well as the movement of the rooms themselves provides for a decent level of immersion. The background soundtrack fits the theme of the game well, and the sound effects are spot on. It's a rare beauty of a Flash game without a doubt.
The downside to this wonderful experience is that the game files are huge and take a long time to load: 15MB for the compressed ("compact") version, and 30MB for the high quality version. JongHwa has made the files available for download to your computer, or you can use the links provided above to load the compact version into your favorite browser. JongHwa is allowing us to host the game on one of our media servers to make it more easily available to the JIG community. If you wish to view the high quality version in your browser, please first check your browser's disk cache settings since it may be insufficient to hold the entire file. Setting it to 100MB for temporary Internet files is recommended, otherwise the browser will need to download the file each time you play (please be considerate to our bandwidth). Here's a link to the browser-based high quality version.
Congratulations to JongHwa and the entire HandMadeGame team for this achievement. =)
Play Rooms(Be prepared for a long load time—33MB—and for a subsequent long delay before the game begins. Have patience and the game will appear.)