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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Puzzle Chambers Steam Game Review

I'm frequently asked to review games over on Steam. I felt I needed a break from all the holiday hoopla and tried out something new and different from there. The game I tried is called Puzzle Chambers. It is developed by Entertainment Forge and published by GrabTheGames.

The way they describe the game:
You wake up in an unknown place and soon run into a few more people who have also been abducted. You quickly discover three things:
- Everyone here has supernatural abilities
- The only way to move through this cryptic place is by solving puzzles
- And your hosts are either aliens, monsters from another dimension, or severely messed up human beings
The way I'll describe the game... You're presented with a series of math puzzles as you move through a labyrinth of rooms. To exit each room, you must place a series of boxes together such that each box represents the number underneath it. The boxes start with numbers on them but as you place each box, neighboring boxes can affect that number, by adding or subtracting amounts or affecting its color, too. The puzzles get progressively harder, though as you get further along in the rooms, the story has the occasional flashback which affects the difficulty of the next puzzle.

The game tries to be more interesting by having a story behind the labyrinth of rooms. I found the story to be a bit distracting from the puzzle solving. The supernatural abilities they talk about include the ability to move boxes with your mind. That is me actually moving the boxes by dragging with the mouse. You also get the occasional odd alien attack, or people with white masks who seem to speak in tongues. They too must solve puzzles to exit rooms, though they're not in your room, except for the occasional beheading.

I liked solving the puzzles in the game. I think the game would be great to introduce to children who you're trying to encourage to understand basic math operations better and understanding cause and effect, too. As you place each box, it could cause the numbers on other boxes to change, too, and how effects only change values on the same colored boxes. I did however hate the story. And another thing I disliked is there was no "map" so you could see how far you've progressed in the game, or any way to go back and solve a room a second time. Like if you wanted to 'compete' with a friend to see who could solve the room faster. For just $2.99 for the game though, you definitely get your money's worth, and I haven't even completed it yet.
Being a software developer myself, I do feel I have to mention one other thing. While I didn't encounter any bugs in the game, I did run across the occasional typo and/or grammar error. For example, the above shows "don'y" instead of "don't." On the grammar side, they have "they sounds" instead of "they sound" or "it sounds". And something that I'm not sure if it regional or what but here in Massachusetts we have "escape the room" where in the game they call it "room escapes." None of these affect the game play, just a little annoyance

You can grab the game on Steam, visit Entertainment Forge on Facebook, and see what else GrabTheGames offers, too.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information. Java John Z's is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

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