RoomBreak: Escape Now!!: Game Review: A flawed diamond.

RoomBreak: Escape Now!!
By Gameday Inc.

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RoomBreak: Escape Now!!, by Gameday Inc., is a fairly large room escape game, clocking in at almost 200 mb. It is visually stunning, with challenging puzzles, but takes a bit getting used to. It is geared more towards hardcore gamers than casual.

Gameplay 3.5/5
First off, don’t spend too much time on the tutorial, and don’t judge the game based on it. The tutorial is maddeningly slow, not very helpful, doesn’t save your spot, and I’d suggest skipping most of it if you can get by without it. Integrating the tutorial into the game would have been much more helpful — and tolerable — than the way it is done here. Some better instructions would have been helpful, as well. My first time using the hammer made me want to take a hammer to my iPhone! Luckily you can skip the tutorial and delve right into the game. If you have any trouble figuring out certain aspects of the game, you’re better off learning as you go or asking others instead torturing yourself with the tutorial.

Beyond that, RoomBreak suffers from an overly-complicated interface and clunky controls. The player needs to constantly switch between the hand, magnifying glass, and foot cursor, all while trying to escape on a timer. This seems completely unnecessary and takes a lot of fun away from the game. Most room escape games have one control for everything – your finger – and the experience is much more fluid that way.

You get “exhausted” before you’ve finished looking around. What’s truly exhausting is having to start the room over and over again because the timer runs out. Being rushed through a level occasionally would be fine, but it gets old quickly when every level is timed. All these things almost made me give up on the game right away. But I’m glad I didn’t, because it is quite good game once you get past these issues.

What the game does have going for it is that it is considerably longer than most other room escape games out there. There are five episodes (sixth to come) with five levels each, a total of twenty-five. The puzzles have enough variety and complexity to be challenging but not overly frustrating. There are also a few interesting game mechanics not often seen in room escape games, that take advantage of the touch capabilities. For instance, you have to swipe the screen in a specific sequence in order to properly slice something with the knife. Use of the hammer also requires some hand-eye coordination. While some of the hammer puzzles can be quite challenging, the worst part of it is having the word “FAILED” slowly fade off the screen before you can try again, as though the game is rubbing it in your face. But if you can get past the clunky controls and don’t mind being rushed through each level (or starting them over a few times), then you might learn to love the game. It is possible to get used to the controls, but it takes some time. The key here is patience.

Story 4/5
The first episode is really quite boring and pointless. Your girlfriend keeps locking you in the room every morning after she leaves. This is never explained, either, but might just be suffering from poor translation. But if you can get through it, the game does get more interesting with episode 2, where you play a man accused of being a serial killer. You play a different character in each episode, so it’s more like you’re playing five room escape games in one app. The stories get more interesting with each episode, but I don’t want to give too much away here. The excitement is in the discovery.

Graphics 5/5
RoomBreak sports some gorgeous graphics, especially the cut scenes. It feels like you’re participating in a graphic novel. The menu and item animations are also quite impressive. Everything is clean and polished. You can tell a lot of work and passion went into making the art for this game.

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Audio 4.5/5
The soundtrack works well with the game. It’s not too distracting, but sets the right mood. If a level requires some serious rushing, the music has an urgency to it and keeps you from slacking off. The sound effects make sense and pull the whole experience together. Overall, the audio is polished and immerses you in the game.

Replay Value 3/5
If you’re a completist who likes to collect all achievements and get top scores, RoomBreak can offer considerably more replay value than other room escape games. You get graded on each room, based on how quickly you get out. So if you’re into that sort of thing, you can keep trying to beat your score for a room. There are also golden keys to find in each room, as well as various GameCenter achievements. Gameday also promises to keep the updates coming, and there is already a space-saver for the sixth episode to leave you in anticipation for the first update.

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Conclusion 4/5
A lot of work obviously went into this game, and it is fun to play once you get used to the controls and accept the fact that you may have to play some of the rooms more than once before completing them. The interface and controls could be much more user-friendly. But if you can get past the awkward controls, awful tutorial, and timed gameplay, this game can be quite an enjoyable experience. If you’re a room escape fan, you should definitely give it a try with the lite version.

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If you enjoyed this game, check out Atmosfear, Escape Game: “An Odd Game”, Escape Game: “A Cold and Deserted House” and these other escape games.

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232 thoughts on “RoomBreak: Escape Now!!: Game Review: A flawed diamond.

          1. AppUnwrapper Post author

            Lol the hammer bothered me too much later in the game to be bothered looking for keys. I almost threw my phone out the window a few times because of that hammer!

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        1. Sweetie016

          I found the golden key in 5-1, break the tile that’s in the left corner by the door, (not the dark rows), it was the white or red one…

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    1. İdil

      İ cant Break the wall in room3 in episode1. İ keep hitting on the shadow and it doesnt do anything but saying ‘faİled’ :(

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  1. Nicholas

    How do I solve the code or safe C at epi 2 room 4? Please help me… It’s becoming a nuisance trying to solve the empty slots

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  2. Silke

    Your article is very interesting and in a lot of cases I totally agree with you! :-) The Tutorial is boring and playing all little games again and again because I got exhausted makes me tired :-) But I am addicted to the game anyhow :-)))

    Therefore, please help me with room 4 in episode 4, I have only one gear, can’t find any other?! I already have the top of the pyramid, but now I am totally stuck and have no idea where to search or what to do to proceed in this chapter!

    Thanks in advance for your help!!!

    Regards

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Thanks for the kind words :)

      I wish I could help you, but I’m just starting Episode 4. If I get to that point before you do, I’ll post back here :)

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    2. Sweetie016

      After putting in the gears, I am trying to get the code for the door right, I clicked on them the amount of times in the order that the book said, and tried a few others, but I’m having a hard time getting the right code.

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  3. lilou

    How do I solve the code or safe C at epi 2 room 4? Please help me… It’s becoming a nuisance trying to solve the empty slots

    your answer doesn’t help me at all

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Try to fill each colored space by making the whole row add up to 18. The empty black spaces are 0, leave them blank. Once you have the four numbers, put them in the order based on the order of the colors beneath the puzzle.

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  4. Rayne

    I’m stuck in room 4-3 I got one gear but I can’t find the rest I’m totally stuck does anyone care to give a walkthrough??

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  5. Majec 79

    I am stuck on episode 4 room 3, I can’t find the 4 digit code for the door lock once you fill the water tank, any ideas where to look for the code, help???

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      1. Sweetie016

        I’ve tried so many numbers in reference to the numbers it points to, but I’m not getting the code, any other advice to figure it out?

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    1. Sweetie016

      I did focus on the last 2, and I put those numbers in listed at those marks, and I am still getting nothing… I tried forward and backward, I tried switching the numbers around, and still nothing happens.

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  6. Shawna

    Episode 4 room 5, statue of liberty has book and torch, what is the 7 letter word or where can I find it? Please help before my kids admit me to the insane asylum for yelling at the game!!!

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      1. Shawna

        Nope I guess not because it didn’t work! Lol
        Under the gate full of strong currents there is a 7 letter puzzle. I figure it has got to be really close to the end because I am really low on time. I’m addicted to this game but it seems to be confirming my kids belief that I am insane. Lol

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Did you solve the four watches puzzle? Use the 4 numbers you get from that on the bookcase code to get the password.

      Hope that helps!

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  7. jacob

    i am on episode 4 room 5. cant put the torch in her hand or get it lit any suggestions. i put the handle and the black paperish stuff together. Stuck

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  8. krystle

    please help me!!!!! episode 3 room 5… the darn circle red and green puzzle on the wine shelf….. where do i find the pattern to unlock that….. i have seriously been trying to get it for days

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Hi! You need to fix the fuse and then you’ll be able to turn on a light that will show you the pattern. You can make the wire for it out of items from the other rooms.

      Let me know if you need any more help!

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    2. Gizz

      I’m here now. I turn mine the same colors as the lights above n when i push the center (power button) it makes all the colors go away and nothing happens. Getting so fustrated.

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      1. AppUnwrapper Post author

        I don’t think that’s a power button so much as a reset button ;). If you get the pattern right, it should say “SUCCESS” without pressing the middle button.

        Don’t forget about the Inner lights near the middle button. Every light needs to be lit up.

        Let me know if it still causes trouble.

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      1. P@rick

        I’m stuck too. Can’t seem to figure out the last password.

        ********* SPOILER ALERT **********

        The other passwords were the items to handle, before the doors open in the previous rooms…
        ***************

        But the last one? The one with A to F? Anyone?

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      2. Pepe

        Its a room after the nuclear explosion door. There is a plaque and there is musical notes and a blue gem in the middle of the room. i can’t touch anything..

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          1. Sweetie016

            Isn’t that 4-4? I did that.. I’m on 4-5, there is a crystal ball in the center of the room, and the letters or whatever on the floor.

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            1. AppUnwrapper Post author

              Oh whoops. What was the last password you put in? You might be up to “CRYSTAL.” What do you mean you can’t touch anything?

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        1. Sweetie016

          I’m at the very beginning, and idk what to do. For example, I try pressing the buttons on the floor and it says that the button in the center should be pressed, but I haven’t a clue how to get that button pressed. I can go back into the room where the crystal was stuck in the floor, and mess with the 4 disc things on the wall, but that’s the only thing I can touch that does anything in those rooms. I can’t figure out the code to get it to work, I tried the same code in 4-4, but that didn’t work, so I’ve messed it it, but still can’t get anything to change.

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          1. Sweetie016

            And I’m guessing I have to figure out the code with the disc things to get them out? Is there any hints somewhere to figure it out?

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            1. AppUnwrapper Post author

              See how the lights below the discs are blue? You need to get the discs lined up properly so they turn red (and the floor will melt).

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          2. Baciraven

            I can’t figure out what position the disks are supposed to be in. I know there are 4 skeletons on the music sheet…but I can’t make any sense of it

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          Make sure you put the gears in the right order. There should be an explosion and then you can get the crystal.

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  10. Kadyr

    What else I have to do when I get the luminal on episode 2-3, I opened the drawer but I’m stuck here any help. thanks?

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  11. Sweetie016

    In 5-2, I can’t figure out the code for the doors on the left…. I put water on the center of the floor and saw the numbers, but I still can’t get the code right.

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        1. Sweetie016

          Grrrr… Stuck at the box with the 4 diamonds, and a circle in the middle… you have to press the buttons in the right order, but I can’t figure out the order.

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        2. Sweetie016

          Alright… I give up with the passcode on the door… I have looked at several possibilities, but none of them have worked. I have the numbers from the statue, and that box with the diamonds, and I saw the ones on the picture above the door.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      You need to get the wine bottle and open it with the corkscrew. The cork will have the passcode on it.

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  12. Angelo

    I am in E4-R5. What should I do after I put the bones in the roof n crystal in the middles say touch I am confused somebody help please it looks like I have to play music or something but I don’t understand what to do

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  13. Angelo

    Thanks for the help for the last question I asked but I got 1 more what is the last passcode I need to enter In R4 E5 with the snake in the middle ?

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  14. Angelo

    Alright I am in E5-R1 and I am sry but I don’t know what to do I divide wrench I put the ink on the painting turned the color wheel got the gold key but what am I suppose to do with the paints and what am I suppose to do to even try and get the code I am so confused I think I am losing my mind here somebody please help !!! P.S – thanks again

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  15. kezkit

    i cant get the portal open on e4-r5 what am i doing wrong i got everything in place but i cant get the portal to work

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        1. AppUnwrapper Post author

          Try touching the portal and then the snake. A picture of an item is supposed to appear, and then you have to type in one item that is to get the next one.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Hi, you need to play the music you see on the wall. Refer to the picture on the side that shows you how the buttons work.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Look at the spot where you got the note. Count two squares back and two squares to the left. Then break that square.

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  17. Sweetie016

    Idk if you missed my question, or if you haven’t figured it out… Do you know the passcode in 5-3? Im not sure if I missing something or if I just don’t get how the numbers work on this one. I’ve got 3 different sets of number right now. And that box in the middle, I’ve only found one key for.

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          1. Shawna

            I’ve got 5=4321and 7=2424but I’m guessing there is a 3=????Add them all and get the code for the door. Just my thoughtsince I’m stuck too lol

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  18. Angelo

    Hey people still stuck in E5-R2 can somebody help please with the first symbol code u get the code for the left cabinet

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  19. Sweetie016

    Goodness… I’m so lost where to begin on 5-4. I have the hammer that I cant seem to use anywhere, and cleaned the symbols off, but the only thing I can seem do is put in a code in the lady statues.

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  20. Stchin

    Need help in ep4- r5, I don know where to start from, been stuck for 4days.. I can’t even find the torch or crystal tat u mentioned above , pls help

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      Look at the mural on the right. Then go into the other room and try to melt the ground that’s trapping the skeletons.

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  21. Sweetie016

    Still lost on 5-4, I have the hammer and see the symbols on the statue, but can’t seem to do anything else except put in a passcode, what am I supposed to do?

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  22. Angelo

    Where do u get the book ? I am lost I didn’t do anything with this room besides look at the picture in the backround N get a code

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    1. Sweetie016

      Have you tried opening the box in the middle? You move the squares up to make a word and then you will be able to touch the books.

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  23. Shawna

    In E5/R3, I give up I can not figure out what 3=’s I have tried everything and just know it will be something simple and that I am over thinking it. Help plz

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    1. Sweetie016

      Read the first 2 columns as as is they were next to each other, it’s in roman numerals the top is a 3, then =…. I’m guessing you’ll understand the rest :-)

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  24. Angelo

    E5-R3 I got the box open,I got the book with the key,broke the statute what do I use the knife for n how do I figure out what the code is for the door Don’t understand what aa-2down2 is help

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    1. Sweetie016

      You figured out what 7=, and where to use the knife I assume? Read what I wrote above to Shawna, I hope that makes sense for ya!

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  25. Sweetie016

    Ok, 2 questions… In 5-4, did you find the golden key? And in 5-5, is there some sort of hint for figuring out what steps to take on the floor?

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  26. Jlf554

    Anyone can help in E5-R5 after opened the glass door by using “push”…there has a security code on tiles…thanks

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  27. AppUnwrapper Post author

    I’m working on a walkthrough. Bear with me. And let me know if you want to help out with the later rooms. Those hammer puzzles really get on my nerves.

    Reply
  28. Shawna

    Im still having difficulty with the door code for E5/R4. 3+5+7=?? I know that 3= the numbers from the pillar but I don’t think I am getting the right number. I have 5 and 7. The answer I get is 9077 with 3=2332 but it is wrong cause it won’t open the door. Plz help!!

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  29. Angelo

    If they give u the answer I will be so happy too because I am lost at the same part I figure that code out please help

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  30. Shawna

    Omg … Thank you. 3 days or more of frustration all due to 1234! Lol time to try my luck at room 4! Love this game, it’s challenging and frustrating but I’m determined to finish it and not let it beat me. Lol thanks again

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  31. Shawna

    Yahoo!! I completed the game!! Where are you stuck in room 5? If it is the floor, hint… look at the door straight ahead.

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        1. Sweetie016

          If you look at the door the pattern kinda looks like ][ … But with the middle lines touching as one… Let me know if that makes sense.

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  32. Angelo

    Hey again thanks for the help in 5-3 but I have really bad eyes and I cant tell what the four number code is in the box in 5-4 When ur in the second room

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  33. Mick

    I don’t understand how the music works in 4/5. I’ve read the comment above about the plaque on the wall looked at it still don’t understand. Please Help Me.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      The crystals on the floor are each a key on the piano. The first three will play the first three notes on the wall, so compare the rest to them. Do it carefully so you don’t have to restate and waste more of your exhaust meter.

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  34. Escger

    Stuck on 4-3 I’ve found the t-piece but can’t seem to use the hammer or stick on anything in the room. I’ve opened 2 buttons with the hammer.

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  35. Sweetie016

    I wish they would finish episode 6, is there any other games like this? I’ve played several of the Escape games by bored.com, and the Antrim games, but I think this was better than those.

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    1. AppUnwrapper Post author

      They already submitted episode 6 to Apple :). It’s in review. Then we can get frustrated together 😉

      Have you played IDAC’s games? They have a lot of free ones and I have walkthroughs for some of them. Download AppNavi if you haven’t yet. Just be warned — their games are extremely linear and you need to find every single clue for something or the game won’t let you solve the puzzles.

      Check out my list if you haven’t yet: http://www.appunwrapper.com/list-of-escape-games/

      Also, if you’re into adventure point-and-click games I can recommend a few of those.

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  36. Mom4Ever

    I’m stuck on 3-5!! I’ve tried sooo many times to break the window after using the diamond necklace to crack it, but with no luck. Where exactly do I use the hammer?

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  37. Kristin

    This is going to sound rediculous but once I have completed the tutorial, what do I do? I can’t seem to get to the first room. Help! I want to get started on this game

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  38. Nicole

    I’m on episode 1 room 3 and I am so frustrated how do I hammer the wall where te light is pointing? It keeps saying failed

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    1. İdil

      Hi, i’ve just figured it out and wanted to share. When U hit the shadow a puzzle opens. İt starts with one spot. Notice the black circles within them. a yellow circle becomes red and than says failed. You shouldnt wait for the red, as Soon as the yellow circle reaches the black circle, hit it, and then do the same with the consecutive spots. İ hope it helps.

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  39. Chelsea

    im in episode 1 room 5 and i cannot get the hammer to break necessary things…. is the hammer just a stubborn tool or am I missing something?

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  40. Melissa

    Hey there, I just wanted to say, thank you very much! I wouldn’t have come this far without your help ;3 Stay awesome, xx.

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  41. Rudi

    Hello, idk if this has been mentioned before, but I think that the 1st ep is not actually that absurd in terms of storyline

    Well, i dont know for sure of course, but in my point of view, the whole thing of “being locked in the room” is actually a concept of mental-escape…errr.how to write it in english

    So basically the guy and his wife (they’ve been married as u can see in the photo and it’s mentioned in the beginning of 1st room) is sick/dying (sort of) and this guy doesnt want to accept the reality. The whole stages are more like illusions/dream , where in the end (room 5) you get to see there are 6 locks with 4 keys corresponding to things the couple has memories about that represent the “lock in his heart” in which he destroys each item and finally “get free” (as in moving on and accepting reality).

    Just my opinion tho

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    1. Dyne

      Hi there, thanks for the review. I’m not sure if this has been mentioned before, but the game is actually not timed. The “timer” depletes not with time but with number of clicks/touches. So if a player keeps blindly touching random spots in the game, the red bars will deplete rapidly. However, if the player plays carefully and only touches relevant spots, each level can possibly be completed before the bars run out.

      And i agree with Rudi — Episode 1 is about the guy’s mental escape. In the last level, memories of his wife encourages him to step out of “the room”, which is actually his troubled mind.

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  42. Tina

    Hi, i’m not being able to escape room 1-3. I’m using the hammer as said in the walkthrough but it’s not working! I always get a “failed” notice. What should i do?

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  43. tweetypiebrown

    Need help!!! I’ve read all comments above but can’t play the piano in E4 R5 it’s making me crazy I just can’t figure it out….I can’t just give up I’m really liking the game. Please help!

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  44. mirasol

    This is one good walk-through. Thanks a lot for sharing. I just don’t like the hammer thing and specially that FAILED word slowly popping out and slowly fading. It’s just verrrryyyyyy slowww.. But of course I’m definitely would finish this ’till the end.

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  45. Well....

    Wait…. I got kinda confused at the end of ep. 1 so…does anyone know what exactly happened? Did the girl die or what?

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