Right, now my main post for the year is up, the reviews: The Room
The Room, as you may recall is the one that's like a point and click adventure game only you control a disembodied hand that is tasked with solving incredibly elaborate Steam-Punk puzzle boxes that can be fully manipulated in 3D
The plot is found in 7 found notes throughout the game and concerns a scientist or, I guess 'natural philosopher' who is researching a 5th classical element that he calls 'Null' - these notes and the setting weirdly reminded me of 'Realms of the Haunting' even though there are very different types of games
You soon receive a spyglass with a 'Null' element lens that makes shimmering areas of the box reveal secrets, which adds another mechanic to the game (in a 'use the spyglass, dummy' whenever you get stuck, kind of way)
All in all is a short but very sweet treat for adventure and puzzle fans alike
The following day i finished the extra 'Epilogue' chapter which was more of the same but provided a bit more for the admittance price, which was less that £1 on the Google Play store.
Yes, I played this on Android, there is a version on Steam but as the game makes innovative use of duel-touch displays and motion detectors I would say that the android version was the definitive one, these mechanics only show up a couple of times though so it's by no means a deal breaker and the Steam version is probably still very good and well worth a couple of hours of your time.
It appears to have also spawned 2 sequels which I will have to get to, one day... Dead Reefs
This is a 'DRM Free' only game I forgot i owned from a humble Bundle from a couple of years back and, yeah, it's janky
I would imagine that it's not on Steam because they can't get it to pass QA - it was basically incompatible with the ATI card in my desktop so i had to bust out the work laptop with its Intel chip-set to get it to work properly with all the menus and graphics present and glitch free
It also gets stick for being a 3D game with no mouse look controls but, hey, it's not an action game and I still found it more navigable that certain Myst-like 'flick book' era adventures *cough* Shivers *cough* although, saying that you are also at the mercy of a woeful camera system and the inventory controls also take some getting used to
Voice acting is variable and set-piece puzzles are painful sometimes - a lot of the time they had good ideas for puzzles but then tried to make them too tough and oblique for their own good to the point were they stopped making sense or involved terrible, headache inducing, indecipherable cursive
But, saying all that, it did retain a certain charm and l'm a sucker for a good murder mystery, supernatural or not (the plot is a supernatural murder mystery, by the way) - janky as you like but i didn't hate it, need a walkthrough to hand for some of the dumber puzzles though Full List
(i.e. the post above this one!)