Being trapped in a room with nothing to free yourself but your own brain power is enough of a quandary; it becomes the surreal stuffing of an inflated bad dream when, upon exiting one door, you discover not freedom but yet another door. But this scenario, quintessentially appropriate in 58 Works' DOOORS 2, has exactly what fans of the 100 doors style of mobile room escape games appreciate the most: ongoing, increasingly challenging gameplay that's easy to pick up and just play!
Following the exact format that 58 Works made popular in DOOORS, the sequel asks you to do one thing—open the door. Initially, it's as simple as it sounds yet, as you progress through the stages (there are 40 at the time of writing), puzzle success requires more lateral thinking as well as agility and dexterity. You'll need to tap, pinch and slide, uncovering and using helpful objects, putting together hints to master a code or tilting your mobile device just so until the door is unlocked and ready to pass through.
There are times DOOORS 2's puzzles seem standard and rote, in a subgenre that has perhaps reached its peak in variations on theme, yet it does have a smattering of unique presentations and some refreshing effects. Plus the design is exceedingly high quality, just as you'd expect from the developer responsible for such escaping favorites as Garou and Kalaquli. Most levels are rarely difficult to solve although the game is not without challenge. There's one stage in particular requiring acrobatic feats with your device that might leave you frustrated. If you do wind up stuck and uncertain how to progress, observation coupled with experimentation should eventually provide the answer. Most of all, DOOORS 2 serves its purpose very well, opening the door to short or long bursts of puzzling amusement on the go.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPhone 4S. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.