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Samsara Room Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Samsara Room is an abstract point-and-click puzzle-horror game. By solving the puzzles hidden throughout the room, you uncover an uneasy story about judgement and atonement told through the things you find.

The whole game is set in a mysterious room filled with unusual and seemly random objects. Your goal is to escape, although the way out is unclear. As you explore by clicking and interacting with objects, you uncover pieces of the mystery.

It becomes apparent that the room is a place of judgement for your past actions, and your choices will now determine your fate. To progress you interact, move and manipulate objects to uncover clues or place them in your inventory to be used elsewhere. Puzzles include moving the hands on an old clock, rearranging letters spoken out of a telephone, and finding and lighting candles. You continually need to adapt concepts used in earlier parts of the game as clues as to what to do later on. It's not easy and you need considerable outside-the-box and experimental thinking to succeed.

It's a unique game that contains a complex and abstract mystery. Although part of the Rusty Lake universe, with hints and nods to that wider story, it tells a largely standalone story, and provides a novel puzzle experience.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/09/2013, updated in 2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative, Point-and-Click and Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Rusty Lake Com (@RustyLakeCom)

Players: 1

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 3 hours to complete. Some of the puzzles can be very tricky and so can take a while to complete when you first play, but subsequent playthroughs will be shorter in length.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Rated 12+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence and Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The subject matter has some dark undertones, and in addition, the difficulty of the puzzles makes it a challenge more suited to older teens.

CostsCosts

Samsara Room

Steam Store PC Free
Steam Store Mac Free
App Store iOS Free
Android Store Android Free
 
This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. On the Android and iOS versions, you can pay to remove ads. On the PC and Mac versions, there are no ads in the first pace so there isn't the option to remove them.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Samsara Room Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
The game is very difficult, and will often require extreme thought and patience to overcome challenges. You can use hints in the game when you get stuck, and the developers have a full tutorial posted to their YouTube channel.

All in-game events are triggered by your actions and there is never any need to react quickly to things happening in the game.

As some clues are only shown (or implied) through visual or audio cues, sound and visuals are required to beat the game. Some visual clues are very subtle or faint, and/or use colour, which is important to note for colourblind players. In addition, some of the audio cues require attentive listening.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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