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A clock. A telephone. A mirror. A chest of drawers. This room looks ordinary... but it's missing a door, which would seem to be important to the whole "escape" focus. But this stylish and surreal point-and-click game from Studio Maarten will surprise you with its clever concepts and unique approach, even if the ending is a bit of a let down.

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Samsara Room Walkthrough

Normal Room

  1. You start the game facing a grandfather clock.

    • Pick up the TEALIGHT (1/5) on the floor beside the base of the clock.

  2. Click left to turn towards the cabinet.

    • Take the TEALIGHT (2/5) on the ground underneath the bottom drawer.

  3. Click the drawers to take a closer look.

    • Open the top drawer to find a FISH.

    • Click the next drawer down to open it and take the box of MATCHES.

    • Next, open the lower drawer with double handles, then take the box KNIFE inside.

    • Lastly, open the left door at the bottom of the cabinet to find the PENCIL.

      • Use the PENCIL on the piece of paper at the top of the cabinet to draw a picture of a key.

      • Click the paper to crumple it up, then click it again to open it, revealing a SMALL KEY at the center of the paper.

  4. Back away and turn left to face the mirror.

    • Grab the TEALIGHT (3/5) from the upper left side of the ornate mirror frame.

  5. Pick up the telephone receiver to hear a cryptic message: "Search for enlightenment."

    • Also take the TEALIGHT (4/5) on the ground beside the left leg of the small table.

  6. Move left once more to face the window.

    • Take the TEALIGHT (5/5) at the upper right corner of the window.

  7. Go right to return to the view of the mirror.

  8. Use the KNIFE on the corner of the carpet sticking up from the floor.

    • Click the sliced piece of carpet twice to roll it back and expose the bare floor underneath.

  9. Click the exposed section of the floor to examine it more closely.

    • There are 5 points in the shape of a star that each give off energy when clicked and a space in the middle for placing an object.

    • Remember the clue from the telephone: "Search for enlightenment."

    • Place the 5 TEALIGHTS at each point of the star on the ground.

    • Light each of the candles with the box of MATCHES.

    • Put the FISH in the center of the makeshift altar.

  10. Now that you've made all the necessary preparations, back up and turn left to face the window again.

    • Use the SMALL KEY on the padlock at the center of the window, then click the window to open it.

  11. Click the landscape outside. "An invisible wall?" It seems you've been deceived...

    • Cut open the tableau in the window with the KNIFE. Peel back the canvas to uncover a round door.

  12. Open the round door and step inside the black portal. Examine the cube floating in the center of space to travel to the other world.

Fish Room

  1. When you enter the Fish Room, you'll be facing the mirror again. Pick up the telephone to hear another clue: "It's twenty past six."

  2. Click the table to move it aside, revealing a SHELL (1/5) behind it.

  3. Turn left to face the window. Take the SHELL (2/5) floating in front of the portal door.

  4. Move left again towards the grandfather clock. Grab the SHELL (3/5) beside to its left.

    • Click the clock to uncover yet another SHELL (4/5) on the wall behind it.

  5. Turn left once more. Click the cabinet a few times to move it all the way to the left, then take the revealed SHELL (5/5) and the CUP against the wall.

  6. Return to the side of the room with the mirror.

  7. Cut open the carpet with the KNIFE, just like you did in the other room, and peel the carpet back to uncover the floor.

    • Zoom in on the exposed floor, then place each of the 5 SHELLS at the points of the star.

  8. Back up and go left to view the window again.

    • Open the round door and travel through the portal to return to the normal world.

Normal Room

  1. Turn left once to move towards the window.

  2. Use the CUP to capture the gecko sitting on the wall to the right of the window, then click it to add the GECKO IN CUP to your inventory.

  3. Move right to face the mirror again, then click the cut out section of the floor for a closer look.

    • Remove the FISH from the center of the altar and replace it with the GECKO IN CUP.

  4. Return to the window, then go through the portal and click the cube to change worlds again.

Lizard Room

  1. You'll be facing the mirror again as soon as you enter this new room. Take the CANDLE (1/3) sticking out of the lower left side of the upside-down mirror.

  2. Pick up the telephone receiver again to hear a new clue: "Ice, fire, fire, fire, ice, fire, ice, fire."

  3. Turn right to face the window.

    • Take another CANDLE (2/3) at the lower left side of the window and the third CANDLE (3/3) at the upper right corner of the window.

  4. Move right twice to turn towards the chandelier.

    • Place the three CANDLES inside the three empty candlestick holders in the chandelier.

    • Light all of the candles with the MATCHES. If you click the flames, the color of the fire changes from red to blue, but "Nothing happens."

    • There must be a specific order! Use the clue from the telephone to determine the correct pattern.

    • Click the candles to change the flames to the correct color.

    • Ice and Fire from the telephone clue indicate the pattern of the colors - "Ice" refers to a blue flame and "Fire" is a red flame. The order from left to right is therefore:

      • Blue, red, red, red, blue, red, blue, red.

    • Solution

  5. Once the puzzle is solved, the shaft of the chandelier will open.

    • Move left or right to a different scene, then return to the view of the chandelier.

    • A small WORM will appear crawling on the ceiling (which has now become the floor). Click it to add it to your inventory.

  6. Turn around to face the window. Go through the portal and click the cube to return to the Normal Room.

Normal Room

  1. Click the altar on the floor to zoom in.

    • Remove the GECKO IN CUP at the center of the star and replace it with the WORM from your inventory.

  2. Back up and turn right twice towards the grandfather clock.

    • You can click the minute and hour hands of the clock to set the time, but do you know what time it should be?

    • The telephone clue from the Fish Room gives us the answer again: "It's twenty past 6."

    • Click the clock hands to set the time to 6:20, that's the short hand on VI and the long hand on IV.

    • Solution

  3. After the puzzle is solved, click the small door to open the clock.

    • Click the dead man's body three times to drop it onto the floor.

  4. Turn around to face the window, then go through the portal to enter the worm world.

Worm Room

  1. Move left twice to turn towards the body in front of the clock.

  2. Click the body twice to move towards the head.

    • Click the dead man's mouth to go inside his mouth, then click the glowing cube at the back of the throat to travel to the forest.

Forest

  1. Click the two small, red flames in the first scene to release them.

  2. Walk forward to move closer to the cube.

  3. Click the three flames in this scene to send them to the cube as well.

  4. Select the white cube to examine it more closely.

    • There should now be 5 red flames in a circle around the floating cube.

    • Click the cube to open it and take the EGG inside.

  5. Move back six times to return to the center of the worm room. From there, turn left and go through the portal to return to the normal world.

Normal Room

  1. Click the exposed section of the floor to examine the altar.

    • Take the WORM off the floor, then put the EGG in its place at the center of the star.

    • Back up and turn left to face the window. Enter the portal and click the cube to reach the Bird Room.

Bird Room

  1. Pick up the telephone receiver to find another clue: "The time? Clock Window:Cabinet Mirror."

  2. If you look at the top of the golden mirror frame, you'll find the number 5.

  3. Turn left to face the cabinet.

    • Inspect the second drawer, at its center you'll see the number 2.

  4. Move right tiwce to turn towards the window.

    • On each window pane is the number 8.

  5. Continue right to face the grandfather clock.

    • At the bottom of the clock is the number 0.

  6. Once again, you can click the hour and minute hands on the face of the clock to move them.

    • Combine all of the information from the clues around the room to discover the correct time.

    • The order of objects from the telephone clue is important - Clock Window: Cabinet Mirror

    • Plug in the number you found on each object within the code to find the time - 08:25

    • Solution

  7. After the correct time is entered into the clock, click the clock door to open it and find a GOLDEN KEY.

  8. Go left to turn to the window.

    • Unlock the padlock at the middle of the window with the GOLDEN KEY.

  9. Open the window and climb outside. Click the room a few times until it disappears.

Thanks to Trinn for the walkthrough!

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Through with no hints! Not the toughest game, but really fun (and interesting).

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jaxmailbox1 Author Profile Page August 19, 2013 10:10 AM

Need hint for clock setting.

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Samsara Room Walkthrough

Normal Room

  1. You start the game facing a grandfather clock.

    • Pick up the TEALIGHT (1/5) on the floor beside the base of the clock.

  2. Click left to turn towards the cabinet.

    • Take the TEALIGHT (2/5) on the ground underneath the bottom drawer.

  3. Click the drawers to take a closer look.

    • Open the top drawer to find a FISH.

    • Click the next drawer down to open it and take the box of MATCHES.

    • Next, open the lower drawer with double handles, then take the box KNIFE inside.

    • Lastly, open the left door at the bottom of the cabinet to find the PENCIL.

      • Use the PENCIL on the piece of paper at the top of the cabinet to draw a picture of a key.

      • Click the paper to crumple it up, then click it again to open it, revealing a SMALL KEY at the center of the paper.

  4. Back away and turn left to face the mirror.

    • Grab the TEALIGHT (3/5) from the upper left side of the ornate mirror frame.

  5. Pick up the telephone receiver to hear a cryptic message: "Search for enlightenment."

    • Also take the TEALIGHT (4/5) on the ground beside the left leg of the small table.

  6. Move left once more to face the window.

    • Take the TEALIGHT (5/5) at the upper right corner of the window.

  7. Go right to return to the view of the mirror.

  8. Use the KNIFE on the corner of the carpet sticking up from the floor.

    • Click the sliced piece of carpet twice to roll it back and expose the bare floor underneath.

  9. Click the exposed section of the floor to examine it more closely.

    • There are 5 points in the shape of a star that each give off energy when clicked and a space in the middle for placing an object.

    • Remember the clue from the telephone: "Search for enlightenment."

    • Place the 5 TEALIGHTS at each point of the star on the ground.

    • Light each of the candles with the box of MATCHES.

    • Put the FISH in the center of the makeshift altar.

  10. Now that you've made all the necessary preparations, back up and turn left to face the window again.

    • Use the SMALL KEY on the padlock at the center of the window, then click the window to open it.

  11. Click the landscape outside. "An invisible wall?" It seems you've been deceived...

    • Cut open the tableau in the window with the KNIFE. Peel back the canvas to uncover a round door.

  12. Open the round door and step inside the black portal. Examine the cube floating in the center of space to travel to the other world.

Fish Room

  1. When you enter the Fish Room, you'll be facing the mirror again. Pick up the telephone to hear another clue: "It's twenty past six."

  2. Click the table to move it aside, revealing a SHELL (1/5) behind it.

  3. Turn left to face the window. Take the SHELL (2/5) floating in front of the portal door.

  4. Move left again towards the grandfather clock. Grab the SHELL (3/5) beside to its left.

    • Click the clock to uncover yet another SHELL (4/5) on the wall behind it.

  5. Turn left once more. Click the cabinet a few times to move it all the way to the left, then take the revealed SHELL (5/5) and the CUP against the wall.

  6. Return to the side of the room with the mirror.

  7. Cut open the carpet with the KNIFE, just like you did in the other room, and peel the carpet back to uncover the floor.

    • Zoom in on the exposed floor, then place each of the 5 SHELLS at the points of the star.

  8. Back up and go left to view the window again.

    • Open the round door and travel through the portal to return to the normal world.

Normal Room

  1. Turn left once to move towards the window.

  2. Use the CUP to capture the gecko sitting on the wall to the right of the window, then click it to add the GECKO IN CUP to your inventory.

  3. Move right to face the mirror again, then click the cut out section of the floor for a closer look.

    • Remove the FISH from the center of the altar and replace it with the GECKO IN CUP.

  4. Return to the window, then go through the portal and click the cube to change worlds again.

Lizard Room

  1. You'll be facing the mirror again as soon as you enter this new room. Take the CANDLE (1/3) sticking out of the lower left side of the upside-down mirror.

  2. Pick up the telephone receiver again to hear a new clue: "Ice, fire, fire, fire, ice, fire, ice, fire."

  3. Turn right to face the window.

    • Take another CANDLE (2/3) at the lower left side of the window and the third CANDLE (3/3) at the upper right corner of the window.

  4. Move right twice to turn towards the chandelier.

    • Place the three CANDLES inside the three empty candlestick holders in the chandelier.

    • Light all of the candles with the MATCHES. If you click the flames, the color of the fire changes from red to blue, but "Nothing happens."

    • There must be a specific order! Use the clue from the telephone to determine the correct pattern.

    • Click the candles to change the flames to the correct color.

    • Ice and Fire from the telephone clue indicate the pattern of the colors - "Ice" refers to a blue flame and "Fire" is a red flame. The order from left to right is therefore:

      • Blue, red, red, red, blue, red, blue, red.

    • Solution

  5. Once the puzzle is solved, the shaft of the chandelier will open.

    • Move left or right to a different scene, then return to the view of the chandelier.

    • A small WORM will appear crawling on the ceiling (which has now become the floor). Click it to add it to your inventory.

  6. Turn around to face the window. Go through the portal and click the cube to return to the Normal Room.

Normal Room

  1. Click the altar on the floor to zoom in.

    • Remove the GECKO IN CUP at the center of the star and replace it with the WORM from your inventory.

  2. Back up and turn right twice towards the grandfather clock.

    • You can click the minute and hour hands of the clock to set the time, but do you know what time it should be?

    • The telephone clue from the Fish Room gives us the answer again: "It's twenty past 6."

    • Click the clock hands to set the time to 6:20, that's the short hand on VI and the long hand on IV.

    • Solution

  3. After the puzzle is solved, click the small door to open the clock.

    • Click the dead man's body three times to drop it onto the floor.

  4. Turn around to face the window, then go through the portal to enter the worm world.

Worm Room

  1. Move left twice to turn towards the body in front of the clock.

  2. Click the body twice to move towards the head.

    • Click the dead man's mouth to go inside his mouth, then click the glowing cube at the back of the throat to travel to the forest.

Forest

  1. Click the two small, red flames in the first scene to release them.

  2. Walk forward to move closer to the cube.

  3. Click the three flames in this scene to send them to the cube as well.

  4. Select the white cube to examine it more closely.

    • There should now be 5 red flames in a circle around the floating cube.

    • Click the cube to open it and take the EGG inside.

  5. Move back six times to return to the center of the worm room. From there, turn left and go through the portal to return to the normal world.

Normal Room

  1. Click the exposed section of the floor to examine the altar.

    • Take the WORM off the floor, then put the EGG in its place at the center of the star.

    • Back up and turn left to face the window. Enter the portal and click the cube to reach the Bird Room.

Bird Room

  1. Pick up the telephone receiver to find another clue: "The time? Clock Window:Cabinet Mirror."

  2. If you look at the top of the golden mirror frame, you'll find the number 5.

  3. Turn left to face the cabinet.

    • Inspect the second drawer, at its center you'll see the number 2.

  4. Move right tiwce to turn towards the window.

    • On each window pane is the number 8.

  5. Continue right to face the grandfather clock.

    • At the bottom of the clock is the number 0.

  6. Once again, you can click the hour and minute hands on the face of the clock to move them.

    • Combine all of the information from the clues around the room to discover the correct time.

    • The order of objects from the telephone clue is important - Clock Window: Cabinet Mirror

    • Plug in the number you found on each object within the code to find the time - 08:25

    • Solution

  7. After the correct time is entered into the clock, click the clock door to open it and find a GOLDEN KEY.

  8. Go left to turn to the window.

    • Unlock the padlock at the middle of the window with the GOLDEN KEY.

  9. Open the window and climb outside. Click the room a few times until it disappears.

Thanks to Trinn for the walkthrough!

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Any game which says

It looks like a Bob Ross painting.

is aces in my book.

Disappointed

that the center view didn't change after messing with it. The water world should've given a chandelier view, too.

One puzzle could have been better

There was enough art to go around the chandelier instead of just doing the front view. Would've only needed a clockwise or anti clue. Though perhaps this is a philosophical thing about point of view.

Overall, I really liked how it came together. Cool experience.

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Not that tough, but interesting (and innovative) puzzles, and looks and sounds great!

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Excellent game! More please!

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P.S.

Leaving me alone in a room with a knife and a dead body and no way to make use of them was a teeny bit frustrating.

Comment may not be suitable for all audiences.

But seriously, this is consistent with my vague, long-ago memories of studying philosophies from the Indian subcontinent, in case someone wants to come at this with a meta stick.

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shjack180 Author Profile Page August 19, 2013 8:10 PM

Wha-wha-whaaaat?!?!? What WAS that ending? I enjoyed the experience of the game, but the ending was very disappointing :(

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Cyberjar88 Author Profile Page August 19, 2013 8:16 PM

That was disturbing...

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What was? This game? How?

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onedernerd Author Profile Page August 20, 2013 6:18 PM

Yeah, I'm with shjack here. That was a pretty disappointing ending. Otherwise, though, it was a very clever game.

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Perhaps the ending makes more sense in context ... from the wiki:

Sa?s?ra or Sangs?ra (Sanskrit: ?????), meaning "continuous flow"), is the repeating cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth (reincarnation) within Hinduism, Buddhism, Bn, Jainism, Taoism and Yoga. In Sikhism this concept is slightly different and looks at one's actions in the present and consequences in the present.

According to the view of these Asian religions a person's current life is only one of manystretching back before birth into past existences and reaching forward beyond death into future incarnations. During the course of each life the quality of the actions (karma) performed determine the future destiny of each person. The Buddha taught that there is no beginning or end to this cycle. The goal of Asian religions is to escape this process, the achievement of which is called moksha.

In other words, that's what's supposed to happen. In simplified terms, you might call it

transcendence. A lot of the religions/paths will talk about shedding the material world, including the body.

I might venture to guess that you're supposed to think about the various points of view. It's a particularly 'Westernized' (I can't think of an alternate term) idea that you're supposed to get cake or a cool reward for escaping. Escaping is the point.

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What a great and wonderful game this is.
I have one question that may be a little of topic, but I'm gonna ask it anyhow.
Does anyone knows the name of the music piece that is playing in the ''Worm World''?
That is the world with the dead man on the floor and seeing everything from a very low perspective.
It's a well known piece but it's been driving me nuts, not being able to remember the name.
I hope someone can save my sanity, thanks.

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@Celli,

Before your brain goes into meltdown..

The piece played in the worm-world is Gymnopedie No.1 by Erik Satie.

Enjoy the closure!

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OMG Will!!! Thank you so much, that's it.
Can I say that I love you? :)

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Awesome game!

I thought the ending was pretty cool. A bit different from what I'm used to, but I like that.

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kevinsmellls Author Profile Page September 6, 2013 5:40 AM

As unconventional as this was, the puzzles made more sense to me than most point n click games.

@Shudog: Very well put explanation! I also thought that ...

the game was also really Eastern in the way it was set up. Most Western escape games, and even many of the Japanese ones emphasize action and instill a level of stress, while this game seemed to just work itself out smoothly after you wandered around for a bit.
I'm not sure if you're familiar with the term, but in that way the game was kind of an illustration of the Taoist concept of non-action called Wu wei. Maybe I'm just intellectualizing what was just simply an easy game, but it seemed designed to appear complicated and hard if you just looked at it, but purposeful and simple if you just go with the flow and experience it.

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Very cool. I appreciated that nothing felt out of place or there for the sake of a puzzle.

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can someone please tell me all of the songs that is used in the game?

please and thank you!

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TheMusicGirl Author Profile Page October 18, 2013 1:23 PM

Thank you for the explanation @Shudog and @kevinsmells! These are some of the best kinds of games in my opinion...like pulling apart literature! Those are some beautiful tracks they chose as well! Fairly easy game-wise, didn't get in the way of interpretations!

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earlsquirrel4495 Author Profile Page November 23, 2013 6:05 PM

Help! I can't get the door to open in the first normal world! I've tried on two different sites, and it just won't open for me!

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