Are you a fan of escape rooms? If you’re missing the excitement and thrill of doing one yourself, we think you will enjoy these 7 mobile games.
The Room Series
The Room is a highly popular escape room game that’s available on Android and iOs that was developed by Fireproof Games and has been known to receive very high review scores and a vast number of awards, including a BAFTA award. There are 4 games in the series.
If you’re a beginner in escape rooms, this is an excellent entry point game for you. It’s well made with excellent puzzles to get yourself stuck into, plus it condenses the escape room game formula into a single contraption.
Once you start the game, you’re presented with a strange puzzle box on a table - you cannot leave the table, neither can you perform actions away from the puzzle box. The focus of the game is entirely around the contraption and your interactions with it.
Because of this, The Room doesn’t require players to backtrack through places or dig through other puzzles to find a solution. Plus, if you get really stuck and can’t move forward, there is a handy hint system that helps guide you through the puzzles.
The Birdcage Series
The Birdcage uses a similar format than The Room, where you have a single contraption you have to explore, except in this game, you’re not the one escaping the room; you’re helping a bird escape its cage.
There are multiple cages that act as levels in the game, which means you have a handful of puzzle modules to think about at any given time, which reduces the difficulty of each puzzle considerably if you find escape rooms tricky to navigate.
While escape room experts will likely scoff at the easy puzzles in this game, The Birdcage is the perfect app for someone who wants to play something less taxing. It’s also suitable for kids if they’re looking for something cerebral to play.
If you’re a pro at escape room games and can do them with your eyes closed, this is a tougher challenge for you. Fans of difficult escape rooms will get mileage out of Rime, which proves to be a fun mind-bending experience.
In Rime, you find yourself in a book world where you have to escape a building. Whilst there is only one level, the puzzles are fiendishly difficult and will have you kicking yourself after you figure out how to solve them.
Luckily, the game comes with a hint system, but you need to watch an ad in exchange for a guiding tip. But if you’re really stuck, the game has its own walkthrough that gives you a peek at the solution.
There’s also plenty of endings to explore, including a “true ending” for those who love exploring different end scenarios.
Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery
For budding detectives, this one's for you.
Tiny Room Stories has you play as detective which sees you called to a town by your father. The only problem is, when you turn up, everyone seems to have vanished into thin air. Now it’s up to you to explore the town and figure out what's happened.
It has a unique gameplay, as whilst other games use a first-person perspective as if you’re in the room, Tiny Room Stories takes an isometric viewpoint. Therefore, it’s not so much escaping a “room” but it’s escaping a diorama where you can rotate the scene, find doors to enter and zoom in on important parts to find all the pieces of the puzzle.
If you’re looking for a totally free experience, this might not be for you as the game locks future chapters under a one-time season pass payment but the entry price is only $5 and removes the ads, so it’s worth it if you’re enjoying the story.
Not a free experience, but don’t let the price tag of Monumental Valley put you off; it’s a small price to pay for such a beautiful and ingenious game.
This game is unlike any other escape room games as there’s no inventory or tapping around for a room to find a single item but instead, it takes a refreshing and more relaxed take on the genre.
Your goal in Monument Valley is to get from one side of the scene to another, but the problem is; the scenery is broken up and won’t let you pass until you solve the case. You can move the geometry around by touching each part, thus building a path that lets you cross.
Monument Valley uses impossible spaces, things like walkways that look like they wouldn’t connect in real life, end up doing so due to the forced perspective. If you’ve ever looked at an Escher painting and have wanted to play a game based in its world, this mobile game app is for you.
The House of Davinci
If you like The Room, you will really enjoy The House of Davinci.
It’s almost too much like The Room for people’s liking, but there’s no doubt it’s a brilliantly designed game which is so much to play for escape room fanatics.
In the game, you enter the House of Davinci where you get to unlock boxes, find hidden objects, solve mechanical puzzles and dive into the authentic atmosphere of the Renaissance in this 3D puzzle adventure game.
It’s challenging enough to leave you stumped from time-to-time but not too difficult to give up completely.
You’ll be forever lost in this mysterious story until you finish the full trilogy…
Forever Lost is a three episode mobile app that is dark and sinister-looking as you explore the spooky, deserted buildings and towns to find items to help you solve puzzles and uncover the mysteries that’ll lead you to your escape.
Expect playing the game in a first-person viewpoint, decent graphics and puzzles that are difficult enough to keep you interested - a good challenge if you’re looking for one - but luckily, if you’re stuck, this game has a hint system to take advantage of.
It’s entirely worth the price with excellent ratings.
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