The Room Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com The Room RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 14 Relaxing Games You Can Play on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/0j5ue/14-relaxing-games-you-can-play-on-pc-ps4-xbox-one-and-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/0j5ue/14-relaxing-games-you-can-play-on-pc-ps4-xbox-one-and-switch Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:47:49 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Tell us which of these 14 games you plan on playing by sounding off in the comments below. Be sure to let us know what game takes the edge off for you or which games should be on this list that aren't!

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Of course, not everyone will want their gaming to be all teddy bears and rainbows. If you'd rather get your frustration out by fragging hordes of enemies or engaging in a thousand or so turns of a complex strategy battle title, there's still tons of options.

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To get started, take a look at all the free games currently available, and stay tuned for our upcoming list of great games with the longest campaigns!

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Wattam

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Another extremely laid back game without combat, the oddly intriguing Wattam is all about reconnecting with old friends while dancing, holding hands, and even skyrocketing off by using your odd hat.

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Although there's perhaps more poop than you might care for in a relaxing game, Wattam is undeniably charming and a joy to play when you don't want something too heavy.

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Gris

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Watercolor is already pretty relaxing, so it just makes sense to use it as an art medium in a game meant to offer hope like Gris. You don't have to worry about combat or dying here, and this is one of those rare platformers where you won't be constantly frustrated while trying to figure out the mechanics.

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What really makes Gris stand apart is its lack of dialog. Everything in this story is told through emotional connections and visual cues, which makes it extremely soothing to play.

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Bejeweled 3

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The original time waster. Bejeweled should always be in your backup list of quick and easy games to jump into. When you need the problems of the day to fall away and for your mind to focus on soothing colors and patterns, this is the way to go. 

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For that rare group of people who didn't spend hours playing this online back in the day, Bejeweled is a Match-3 where your goal is just to swap jewels around the board causing larger and larger matches (and corresponding cascading explosions if you manage to get 5 in a row). It simple, low stakes, and addicting.

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Imminently relaxing even when it was just a simple web game a decade back, Bejeweled has only increased its relaxing gameplay options since then, as the more recent PC and console editions also include Zen Mode.

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The Room

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Point-and-click puzzle titles may not be the first choice for a relaxing experience, since there are so many opportunities for frustration to arise with obtuse mechanics or high difficulty. The Room avoids those problems through the strength of its gameplay and the overall immersion of its sounds and visuals.

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You can get lost in this one, especially if you prefer games to be a little on the creepy side. Essentially, you've got an escape room in digital form, but all the levers, knobs, and pulleys are just really satisfying to play with in this particular iteration of the genre.

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A World Of Keflings

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Oddball title World Of Keflings probably would have forever faded into obscurity (and let's be honest, it still isn't that well known) if it hadn't been one of the early free Games With Gold to hit the Xbox 360.

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If you missed out on it way back when, now is a great time to jump back in, because there's not much room for frustration in this adorable city builder. Your Xbox (or Wii) avatar serves as the only giant in a world of very small inhabitants, so you get to help the Keflings build their utopia.

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Gather sand and clay to make glass, stockpile planks to take to the carpenter for making carved wood, and so on until you get into a zen-like groove of harvesting and building.

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Eastshade

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If you like the idea of Abzu but would prefer the grandeur of the open world of nature instead of what's found beneath the waves, then Eastshade is for you. As a free spirited traveling painter, your only goal here is to wander around and paint pictures of beautiful scenery.

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Along the way, you can help people out with their problems and make the world a little bit better of a place. This is a game that's more about the journey than the destination, as its basically an open world simulator but without a ton of objectives other than to enjoy the scenery and chat with some fine folks.

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Abzu 

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The polar opposite of Subnautica, the ocean-exploring Abzu focuses on the calm, peaceful aspects of life beneath the waves. Swim with whales, weave through coral reefs, and experience life to the fullest while following schools of fish in this incredibly vibrant and visually stunning experience.

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There's not a ton of actual "game" here, but that's alright: sometimes you just want to live in an underwater paradise and not have to save the world or rack up a high score.

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Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles

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If you've already played My Time At Portia or Stardew Valley, then Yonder is the next farming game that should have your attention. Forget about combat or anything stressful, because The Cloud Catcher Chronicles is a wonderful lazy Sunday of a game.

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Unwind while exploring a gorgeous island, building a farm, taking time out for a fishing break, and helping people out while learning skills like carpentry and sewing. It's simple, it's easy, and it's exactly what you need when the real world is too much to handle.

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Slime Rancher

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Back in days of yore, heroes slaughtered slimes by the thousands in the various Dragon Quest games. Now we live in more enlightened times, and realize slimes are an adorable, intelligent species that should be sustainably farmed in Slime Rancher.

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The concept sounds bizarre, but it is wonderfully relaxing to suck up carrots, beets, and even chickens into your suction gun and then plop them out to feed slimes as you build up your ranch.

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It is important to note that as you get towards the end, the puzzles can, in fact, become difficult and stressful. That being said, most of the game is wildly comforting and incredibly low stakes.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons

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New Horizons is just about the best way to take things at your own pace and forget the troubles of the world right now. Dig up fossils, catch bugs, build your house, make animal friends.

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This next gen reboot of the classic Nintendo franchise lets you live out your interior (and exterior!) decorator fantasies across a whole island while slowly expanding access to new areas. Whether crafting, buying, hunting, inviting new creatures to live nearby, or just enjoying the scenery, there's also something relaxing (and fun) to do in Animal Crossing.

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Stardew Valley

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You had to know the country living sim Stardew Valley would make the list, right? Take things at your own pace as you learn to live off the land by farming, fishing, raising animals, and forging relationships with other members of the local community.

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Of course, Stardew Valley isn't totally without stress as you manage various resources, especially if you see everything as a challenge to overcome as quickly as possible, but for the most part, this is laid back gaming at its finest. There are a good number of mods to make things more relaxing. 

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Stardew Valley also (finally) features multiplayer, so you and your friends and family can all farm together. 

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For those looking to take a darker route, Graveyard Keeper offers a different, but definitely less relaxing, take on the farm-life genre. 

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Industrial Petting

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Farming and ranching simulators are some of the best go-to titles for relaxing games, and there's no shortage of options there. While the big names like Farming Simulator are worth trying out, there's also plenty to explore if you dig into the indie scene. 

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Industrial Petting is one of those lesser-known titles that's currently available in Early Access. While the content isn't overflowing yet, there are still tons of adorable animals to enjoy while building up an empire of ethically sourced, fair trade exotic pets.

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Coffee Talk

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Sitting somewhere between a visual novel and a barista simulator, there is something weirdly relaxing about brewing up a cup of joe in Coffee Talk while listening to people's problems.

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The twist, of course, is that in Coffee Talk's universe, supernatural beings walk among us. Think of it as a low-key Shadowrun, with none of the violence and a lot more coffee. You'll get to offer advice to an elf and a succubus whose parents don't approve of their relationship while learning how to make lattes, teas, and smoothies.

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I dunno' if actual real-world baristas will get the same soothing level of therapy out of it, but everyone else is in for a wonderfully relaxing time. Not sure if this format is right for you? Grab the free demo at Steam to try it out before you buy!

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Everything

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A truly odd and offbeat offering from DoubleFine, Everything is sort of like an anti-Katamari Damacy. Instead of collecting everything and going inward, you constantly expand outward, so far, in fact, that you might start over at the beginning again! There's no end goal and now way to win or lose. You just exist and explore while philosophical concepts are presented as voiceovers.

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Everything's non-traditional gameplay is particularly helpful in stressful situations, as this bizarrely wonderful simulator makes you feel connected to the universe at large no matter where you are. 

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This imminently weird but wildly intriguing title made our list of the top bizarre games. They aren't all relaxing, but all of them offer something outside the norm. 

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It can be pretty relaxing to mow down hordes of gangsters and aliens while imbued with superpowers in Saints Row 4 or to plow through crowds in GTA 5. But not all games are conducive to lowering your stress levels. Fast-paced shooters like Doom Eternal might not be the best way to keep your blood pressure in a happy place.

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For those of us in need of something calmer, this list of 14 extremely relaxing games is just the ticket. Core gameplay in all of these titles is explicitly soothing and meant to put you at ease. 

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9 Mobile Games With Surprisingly Deep Storylines https://www.gameskinny.com/8zj0i/9-mobile-games-with-surprisingly-deep-storylines https://www.gameskinny.com/8zj0i/9-mobile-games-with-surprisingly-deep-storylines Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:21:42 -0500 Blackcreed11

Mobile games are far from the usual gamer's choice of gaming. In fact, it is difficult to find a mobile game that keeps the player interested as well as has a story that's worthwhile. Here are nine mobile games with unexpected storylines that will have you hooked.

1. Homescape

This game involves you helping a character named Austin the Butler, who moves back home with his parents. His old childhood home is a bit of a fixer upper, but you help him improve the house. The game is a mix between The Sims and Candy Crush SagaAs you play the match-3 games, players earn money and help him make improvements on the home. This game is available in Google Play Store.

2. Infinity Blade

This game is an RPG combat adventure where, as the player, you face off against the main antagonist. The game plays in cycles, allowing you to fight the antagonist every time it is reborn. As the main character, Siris, you are on a mission to find what killed your father. The game consists of swipes to attack and dodge the enemy.

3. Device 6

This is a text-based game that uses images and sounds to guide the player through a set of puzzles, which the in-game protagonist, Anna, needs to solve to escape from an unknown island. She wakes up in a castle as she meets strange people and creatures appearing to be unresponsive or electronically controlled. The game consists of swiping the screen to move through or to review the story, using buttons to interact with in-game elements, shown in black-and-white pictures to get hints or to solve a puzzle.  Device 6 is available in the iTunes App Store.

4. The Room

This mystery puzzle game has four levels, each of which gives clues for the player to solve puzzles that reveal the plot of the story and lead to the next level. These clues are left behind by a benefactor and each clue brings you closer to the truth and a revelation about the story. This game can be found in the Google App Store as well as the iTunes App Store.

5. LONEWOLF

This indie title is a first-person sniper game with moral conflicts and a main character seeking revenge for the death of his family. It has a neo-noir style, which adds more suspense to the drama. The beginning missions start out easy and let you get accustomed with the system. The controls are simple and the aim is in the middle of the screen. Look for this game in the Google App Store.

6. Sinister Edge

This Android game allows for exploring locations, complex puzzle mechanics, and detailed surroundings full of unexpected occurrences. As the player, you are looking for your missing family members and uncovering a dark truth. This 3D game is available in the Google Play Store and iTunes App store.

7. Dark Meadow: The Pact

The game starts with you waking up in an abandoned, decrepit hospital with no memory. There is a strange man in a wheelchair warning you of the creatures dwelling within the halls and mentions a "witch" before quickly rolling away, never to be seen again. The game is in first person view; you can explore your strange new world. Touching certain items will open them and give you items. Small green nodes on the ground show you where you can go, and the controls are a simple tap and go; no on-screen D-Pad. Make sure to check this game out at the Google Play store and the iTunes App Store.

8. SIM- Sara is Missing

The game takes place on a lost cell phone which the player has found. The phone belongs to a girl named Sara. The phone seems to have been corrupted and the phone’s AI system, I.R.I.S. greets you with a friendly “Hello Sara." After typing responses to I.R.I.S, it soon becomes apparent Sara is in grave danger. You as the player must help I.R.I.S find Sara by searching through the most recent text messages, notes, emails, pictures and music to try and find relevant information on Sara. The iTunes App Store and Google Play App Store both have this game

9. Ninja Arashi

The game starts with the escape of the main villain from his prison. The villain proceeds to kill Arashi's wife and kidnaps his son. The game consists of using all the main character’s weapons in defeating the villains in the hopes of finding his son. The graphics are reminiscent of the Edo time period and the colors used for special attacks and traps are beautiful. The controls on the left side of the screen are two arrows used for moving either left and right. On the right side are four other buttons used to perform a variety of commands. This game is available in the iTunes App Store as well as the Google Play Store.

Check some of these games out and see which one you like!

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7 Best iOS Games to Play During Thanksgiving 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kklop/7-best-ios-games-to-play-during-thanksgiving-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kklop/7-best-ios-games-to-play-during-thanksgiving-2017 Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:46:16 -0500 spacechaser

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7. Tiny Bird Garden
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Fans of Neko Atsume will recognize the concept of Tiny Bird Garden. Decorate your garden with a variety of bird toys to attract a huge cast of adorable, tiny birds! The more the birds visit, the more they like you. Unlike Neko Atsume, however, you can also meet some human neighbors that will help you on your quest to make friends with all the tiny birds! You can download it here!

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Have Fun!
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GameSkinny has given you the weapons, but only you can arm yourself. We hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving, whether you'll spend it avoiding family interactions or reveling in them!

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6. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp
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Animal Crossing comes to mobile for the first time ever in this new, adorable title. Craft items, decorate your campsite, and make friends with all your favorite animals in this free-to-play Animal Crossing adventure!

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Fans of the series will be happy to know that Nintendo has finally announced a launch date for locations other than Australia!

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You can download Animal Crossing Pocket Camp now, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

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5. The Witness
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At $10, The Witness may feel like a pricey investment to make on a mobile title, but this game is well worth it. This first-person puzzle game was initially released last year on PC and PS4, and received critical acclaim and had record-breaking sales. Explore a vibrant world and make your way through the different areas by solving hundreds of puzzles and discovering secrets that sometimes are so clever they'll leave you gaping.

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Best played on iPad, The Witness will certainly keep you, and possibly a few of your relatives, very busy throughout family reunions.

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You can download The Witness here!

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4. Fire Emblem: Heroes
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Released early this year, Fire Emblem: Heroes has become many mobile gamers' favorite tactical time-waster. Assemble an army of characters from various Fire Emblem games to overcome obstacles and enemies, saving enslaved heroes from the evil Emblian Empire and summoning them to fight on your side. 

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Download Fire Emblem: Heroes here and join the battle against boredom!

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3. Steven Universe: Attack the Light
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With the release of Steven Universe: Save the Light on Xbox One and PS4 last month, now would be an excellent time to play its prequel if you haven't already. Dive into the world of Steven Universe in this adorable RPG, following Steven and his alien friends Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl in an adventure to save the world from an ancient, sparkly foe.

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You can Believe In Steven and download Steven Universe: Attack the Light here! Who knows, if you enjoy Attack the Light, you may end up adding Save the Light to your holiday wishlist.

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2. Fate/Grand Order
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Those familiar with the Fate series may recognize the characters in the above trailer. Fate/Grand Order is a continuation of the series and a reboot of Fate/Apocrapha.

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Featuring an original story written by Kinoko Nasu and Yuichiro Higashide, this RPG-style game has you assemble a team of characters from the Fate series, summoning them as "servants" via gatcha, and leveling them up as you go through the game's story.  

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It just so happens that now is an excellent time to join in on the fun, as the GUDAGUDA Honnouji is currently in progress and will be ending the day after Thanksgiving. During the event, a mini story centering around Oda Nobunaga will be available, and you'll be able to obtain exclusive servants.

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You can download Fate/Grand Order here!

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It's that time of the year again...
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The time when many of us are forced to attend holiday dinners and family reunions, when we'd rather just stay home yelling at our Overwatch teammates and delighting in earning Play of the Game. Sure the food may be good, but is it really worth the awkwardness?

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Here're 5 iOS games to help alleviate boredom when you're stuck in those uncomfortable parties. Oh, and never fear, Android users, we've got you covered too.

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1. The Room
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Fans of games akin to Myst will enjoy our first entry on this list. The Room is a point-and-click (point-and-tap?) puzzle game focusing on exploration and problem solving. Open hidden compartments and drawers on a mysterious safe, chipping away at its secrets until it's finally unlocked.

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This iPad game was first released in 2015, and still holds up beautifully. With three entries in the series so far, you're sure to have plenty to do while avoiding social interaction.

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You can download The Room here.

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Top 3 Mobile Escape Games https://www.gameskinny.com/eoce4/top-3-mobile-escape-games https://www.gameskinny.com/eoce4/top-3-mobile-escape-games Thu, 13 Nov 2014 04:06:53 -0500 emilyjsson

Escape games are sort of weird when you think about them, aren't they? If you haven't heard, it's a genre of game, usually played in your browser, where the entire concept is that you're trapped somewhere, typically locked in a room, and you need to solve obscure puzzles and cobble together items for solutions. It may sound a bit strange, but these games are massively popular, and thanks to smartphones, they're coming onto the mobile market in a big way.

The Room

(iOS and Android)

Perhaps the most well-known is The Room, available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire, and blending a classic Myst -like sense of mystery and magic with some exceptionally clever puzzles and exploration. In the game, you have received a mysterious level that compels you to come to a place that seems to hold nothing more than a safe. Inside that safe is one very special box, one you're told to keep safe. But as you begin to experiment with it, you soon find yourself drawn onwards by curiosity. The game is broken up into four chapters, and places a heavy emphasis on exploring every single inch of your environment to find hidden compartments, switches, and messages, all of which makes the game feel natural and organic... you know, exactly as it would if you found a magical device in real life, I guess? One taste and you'll be hooked...so lucky for you the sequel is already out!

Hellraid: The Escape

(iOS and Android)

On the freakier side of things is Hellraid: The Escape, a game built around the idea that you're trapped in the underworld. If you want to escape, you'll have to sneak past deadly traps and even deadlier monsters to get the help of a mysterious benefactor who totally promises not to be evil, you guys, for real. You can die in Hellraid: The Escape, and you're likely going to often, but that's okay, since doing so just warps your soul right back to your coffin so you can try again. You'll find your former corpses strewn about where they died in a way that can be morbidly hilarious. While you'll have to solve puzzles, a lot of your time is spent figuring out how to deal with the huge monsters who want nothing more than to smash you into a fine red paste. It's a little too over the top to be actually scary, but the stunning production values makes this one well worth the price of admission.

Matryoshka

(iOS and Android)

Finally, if you want a more classic example of the genre, then Matryoshka, a free game by well known escape game developer Kotorinosu, will show you just why the genre is so well-loved. You're locked in a room and you need to get out. That's it. No monsters or crazy gimmicks. But don't let that fool you into thinking there's nothing to this one. Matryoshka is all about clean design and exceptionally clever puzzles that will have you really using your brain as you explore and search in every nook and cranny. At the same time, it never becomes unfairly difficult and doesn't on silly logic. If you want to cut your teeth on the escape game genre, Matryoshka will allow you to do so with style, and may make an addict of you yet.

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Top Ten Android Games https://www.gameskinny.com/gj3ck/top-ten-android-games https://www.gameskinny.com/gj3ck/top-ten-android-games Fri, 03 Oct 2014 20:55:12 -0400 sarahsmith_7439

Nowadays the gaming experiences on Android easily rival competitive gaming experiences on Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s app store. App developers have been creating more and more games to keep up with this trend. But what are the best Android gaming experiences available? This article will outline the top 10 best games available on Android this week.

#1 Minecraft – Pocket Edition ($6.99)

Recently Microsoft purchased the app developers Mojang for a vast amount of money. This is money well spent. Minecraft, Mojang’s opus is a very popular game for a reason, it allows players to fully create and explore their own content making for unlimited adventure possibility. This game has already enjoyed over 5 million downloads on the Google Play and is the most downloaded game on our list.

#2 Five Nights At Freddy’s ($2.99)

Nothing is more fun than a good scare and Five Nights At Freddy’s fully delivers on this score. This is probably one of the scariest games in years and is guaranteed to keep handheld gamers up quite a few nights. The plot places the player in the titular Freddy’s Pizza place. The job is simple: keep an eye on the reputable pizza establishment for five nights, what occurs though, is far from simple! The game has already been downloaded 50,000 times.

#3 Bloons TD 5 ($2.99)

What can beat a good strategy game? This game pits Monkeys Vs. the Bloons (Balloons) in a top down pop-fest. This is a fun one that mixes strat with quick arcade style action. A real fun aspect of this game is also the co-op mode where a player can grab a friend and engage in furious Bloon popping. Over half a million have downloaded the Android version and this is the 5th iteration of the franchise.

#4 Goat Simulator ($4.99)

Tired of the traditional hack and slash drudgery of traditional games? Want to play as a wayward, adventuring farm animal? Goat Simulator is definitely for you. Debuting on Valve’s Steam earlier this year, no one expected this game to gain such a fervent following. You simply manipulate a goat and send him on adventures, typically eschewing physics as you progress. This game is rising in popularity since its arrival on Google Play with over 50,000 downloads total.

#5 Plants vs. Zombies ($.99)

Nothing beats a classic. Having debuted 5 years ago, app development gurus PopCap had an instant hit with Plants vs. Zombies. The Android version is just as crisp and addictive as the original game and is perfect for a quick train/bus commute. The game pits various fictional plants against a ravenous zombie horde intent on eating human brains. At over 500,000 downloads, this one is certified hot.

#6 The Game of Life ($.99)

And speaking of classics, nothing is more classic than this family game night mainstay. Choices can have consequences in Life and they do as well in this board game based app. The app is complete with many of the features of the cardboard version including getting jobs, getting married, or even starting college. Over 500,000 downloads makes this Android gold.

#7 Terraria ($4.99)

Many miss the side scrolling adventures of yesteryear. This game evokes some of the digging playstyle of Dig Dug, combines it with the side scrolling style of Metroid, and throws in the ability to collect loot and ores. The final package is amazingly entertaining and exceedingly difficult. Terraria which debuted on gaming consoles now has had over 100,000 downloads on Google Play.

 #8 Monopoly ($1.99)

Another classic table-top game turned digital. Who doesn’t have great memories of arguing over who gets to play as the Top Hat? This app brings all of the over 100 year old history of Monopoly to the digital generation. At over 100,000 downloads, this one clearly has earned its own fame.

#9 The Room ($.99)

Enchantment and discovery await in this hyper-intelligent puzzler. The feel of the game evokes titles such as the now-classic Myst. The game itself is beautiful and forces the user to be astute and observant when solving puzzles which allow them to progress. Suspense is certainly the name of the game here. Called a “Masterpiece” by many, The Room has already been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

#10 Scribblenauts Remix ($.99)

Another puzzler! This game is unique in that it causes the user to create objects that help the main character, Maxwell, progress. Writing “ladder” or even “Pegasus” sends our hero into the skyward. The game is great fun and at 100,000 downloads, it has been enjoyed by many.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the top 10 Android games. As a rising platform, there are many great experiences ahead for handheld gamers!

Disclaimer: This post comes from the Android app developers at Brisbane agency Orange Digital. If you have a hot idea for an app that you can see breaking into the top ten a year from now, why not get in touch with them and let them know your hot idea for a killer app?

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Review - The Room - It's Really About a Box https://www.gameskinny.com/09pqp/review-the-room-its-really-about-a-box https://www.gameskinny.com/09pqp/review-the-room-its-really-about-a-box Mon, 04 Nov 2013 20:28:51 -0500 Poetic Stanziel

The Room, as a name, might be misleading. You are ostensibly trapped in a room, but this isn't one of those many "get out of this room" puzzle games that you find on Android and iOS. You're definitely in a room, but the real mystery lies at the heart of the room. An ornate box, and all the mysteries therein, beckons to you.

This is far and away the best puzzle game I've played on any mobile platform. The puzzles are intricate and multi-layered. Solving one puzzle leads to more puzzles. Solving the conundrum of one box leads to yet another nested box — a matryoshka doll of boxes. Every box has a dozen or so intricate puzzles to solve, before moving on to the next. Each box is its own chapter in the game. There are four chapters and a newly released epilogue. The epilogue will act as a bridge to the upcoming The Room 2.

This is a game you savour. Resist the urge to use the hint system.

Interactions with the game are tactile in nature. You don't simply drop a key on a keyhole and you're done, the key is placed in the keyhole, you turn the key, then there are whirs and clicks, and something happens. Unlike other puzzle games, The Room is not simply about dragging stuff from your inventory and dropping it on game elements. There are knobs and levers and dials and buttons and handles to twist and turn and pull and flick.


Not only do you interact with the box, but there are mini-puzzles and necessary interactions with the items that are placed in your inventory. Fiddling with keys to get them into the correct configuration. Manipulating brass cylinders which turn them into new, more useful objects. Finding secret compartments in books and other containers.

If that were not enough, the developers add two modes in which to view the box. Your normal eyesight is one such mode, and the other viewing mode is aided by a special lens that can reveal hidden details. Some puzzles require the use of the lens. Some do not. Some require a mixture of both modes.

The sound effects and music are very moody. It sets a foreboding, and somewhat creepy, tone for the game.

This is a game you savour. Resist the urge to use the hint system. The act of examining and interacting with the boxes should be relished. The game isn't exceptionally long as it is, so rush through and you miss a lot of the joy of the interactions. The boxes are beautiful little creations.

Interacting with the game is tactile in nature. You engage with every element of the box.

The game itself, the overall mystery, might be a tad too short, but this isn't a puzzle game that was thrown together overnight. The care and attention to detail that went into devising the boxes is evident. What does The Room remind me of? MystThe Room is a smaller, more intimate version of Myst.

The Room is available for iOS and Android.

 

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The Room: A Puzzle in a Mystery in a Box in an App https://www.gameskinny.com/k97pm/the-room-a-puzzle-in-a-mystery-in-a-box-in-an-app https://www.gameskinny.com/k97pm/the-room-a-puzzle-in-a-mystery-in-a-box-in-an-app Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:22:38 -0400 Mat Westhorpe

The British Academy considered Fireproof Studios' The Room worthy of a BAFTA for Best British Game and further nominations in the categories of Artistic Achievement, Debut Game and Mobile & Handheld

This piqued my interest in a game whose misleadingly bland title does a disservice to what transpires to be a Victorian-themed puzzle game of supreme polish.

It may be that I have enjoyed my experience thus far because I knew so little about The Room. In any case, its web of gentle intrigue and fiendish torment has slowly drawn me in. If what I have written so far is enough to convince you to try it out, then read no further. Let The Room tell its own tale.

If you need further convincing, then read on.

The first thing that struck me about The Room was the sumptuous solid quality to everything. Unlike most puzzle games, The Room's environment and every inventory object is a fully-rendered 3D model. And for good reason; there are puzzles within puzzles, objects within objects and many things are not as they first seem.

The second impressive thing was the tactility of the user interface. I have never experienced touch screen technology used as effectively in a game as it is in The Room – switches flick, drawers slide, keys turn, and doors swing in a very satisfying and connected way. This does much to draw the user into the confined, yet absorbing world.

Once the basic interaction techniques are grappled, The Room elegantly unfurls its complex array of puzzles to gently twist the grey matter in a pleasingly challenging manner. Unlike most puzzle game worlds, rather than providing a series of environments to wander, The Room only has one... room. The clue was in the title I guess.

But this is not in any way restrictive – the world of The Room exists within the many unfolding faces of its objects. A single, central object – initially a safe – can be rotated and examined from any angle, each facing can be zoomed in upon and its features interacted with. Visual clues and object tactility must be examined to solve problems, unlocking a myriad sliding compartments and hidden spaces, which creates a wealth of environments to easily equal or outclass more traditional puzzle games. There is much invention within these aesthetic constraints, but there is still perhaps a lack of visual variety - there is only so much that can be done with keys and boxes.

The final hook which has me intrigued is the unfolding storyline, as I feel I am retracing the steps of a rogue scientist embarking on an occult voyage of discovery. Woven into the puzzles are strands of a sinister tale that seems to sit somewhere on the Verne – Lovecraft scale of Victoriana-Steampunk-Gothic Horror. Quite where I am not sure, but as I play on, the haunting background sounds are starting to unnerve me.

The Room may lead to sleepless nights for a number of reasons.

The Room is available for iOS (iPad 2 and iPhone 4S & 5) and an Android version is planned for Summer 2013.

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The Ultimate RPG: Zelda, FF6, ShadowRun, Myst, Valve, and MUDs https://www.gameskinny.com/a9qor/the-ultimate-rpg-zelda-ff6-shadowrun-myst-valve-and-muds https://www.gameskinny.com/a9qor/the-ultimate-rpg-zelda-ff6-shadowrun-myst-valve-and-muds Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:27:40 -0500 Ste Grainer

From the Skinny Banter #1:

If you could take your favorite game elements of all time and combine them into the ultimate digital experience - the one game to rule them all - what would it be? How would it work? Describe your digital nirvana, build your ultimate game from the still twitching parts salvaged from other titles.

The elements:

  1. The item-based flow and “leveling” of the Zelda series
  2. The haunting psychological puzzles of Myst and The Room
  3. Multiple characters and group configurations ala Final Fantasy 6
  4. The post-apocalyptic fantasy setting of ShadowRun
  5. The social mechanics of pre-Web BBS-type MUDs
  6. Half-life/Portal calibre story and writing

The one thing guaranteed to draw me into a game? A great story: filled with mystery and emotion and generously sprinkled with humor. After that, the rest is icing. Great game play mechanics combined with a crap story still make for a crap game. Amazing graphics without heart just make me sad.

So we start with a great story, and introduce a medley of diverse characters (a la Final Fantasy 6, where roles aren't concrete but their unique play styles offer opportunities for mixing and matching). Instead of making me grind through random encounters to gain XP, let me solve complex, natural puzzles. (Contrived and obvious puzzles aren't nearly as fun as puzzles that unveil themselves over time and exploration.) As the story progresses, the cast will find items that grant them new, game-changing abilities (that then open up new areas for exploration).

The cast will explore a futuristic world that combines science and magic in extraordinary new ways (always a fun opportunity for solving puzzles). One moment I may be jacking into a network to steal corporate data, the next in a wild gunfight full of flying bullets and fireballs. And just when I think that I've explored the game world, the vista opens up into the solar system or galaxy ...

Real-time combat with multiple characters would be hard to pull off by myself, so I can be joined by real friends and random people in my local area. The game will have built-in message boards for player-created quests and journaling, ranking lists, and player-hosted/policed chat channels (not unlike IRC) to avoid the tediousness of the general chat channel.

When not at the console/computer, I'll still be able to interact with the game world through the boards/channels to carry on conversations, make trades, and set up plans for my next missions.

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Game Developers Choice Awards 2013: The Nominees https://www.gameskinny.com/h4x39/game-developers-choice-awards-2013-the-nominees https://www.gameskinny.com/h4x39/game-developers-choice-awards-2013-the-nominees Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:33:00 -0500 Mat Westhorpe

As award season spins up worldwide, the video games industry clears its throat and prepares acceptance speeches as the nominees for the 13th Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced by the GDC Awards advisory board.

The winners to be revealed at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA on 27 March 2013, but the abstract Playstation 3 “interactive parable” Journey looks set to do well, with nominations in six of the ten categories. 

“The Game Developers Choice Awards are the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the video game industry, celebrating creativity, artistry and technological genius. Industry professionals from around the world nominate for the awards, free of charge, ensuring that the recipients reflect the community's opinions.”

Last year saw Portal 2 take three awards; Best Narrative, Best Game Design and Best Audio, with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim beating it for Game of the Year. Warren Spector of Deus Ex fame took the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here are the nominees for 2013:

Game of the Year

  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Last Year's Winner: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)

Innovation Award

  • Mark of the Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
  • The Unfinished Swan (Giant Sparrow/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft)

Last Year's Winner: Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)

Best Audio

  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Last Year's Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Debut

  • Humble Hearts (Dust: An Elysian Tail)
  • Polytron Corporation (Fez)
  • Giant Sparrow (The Unfinished Swan)
  • Subset Games (FTL: Faster Than Light)
  • Fireproof Games (The Room)

Last Year's Winner: Supergiant Games (Bastion)

Best Downloadable Game

  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull)
  • Trials: Evolution (RedLynx/Microsoft Studios)
  • Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)

Last Year's Winner: Bastion (Supergiant Games)

Best Game Design

  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Mark Of The Ninja (Klei Entertainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Spelunky (Derek Yu/Andy Hull)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Firaxis Games/2K Games)

Last Year's Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Gravity Rush (SCE Japan Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Hero Academy (Robot Entertainment)
  • Sound Shapes (Queasy Games/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • The Room (Fireproof Games)
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising (Sora/Nintendo)

Last Year's Winner: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

Best Narrative

  • Spec Ops: The Line (Yager Entertainment/2K Games)
  • Mass Effect 3 (BioWare/Electronic Arts)
  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Walking Dead (Telltale Games)
  • Virtue's Last Reward (Chunsoft/Aksys Games)

Last Year's Winner: Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Technology

  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • PlanetSide 2 (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Treyarch/Activision)
  • Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Last Year's Winner: Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Best Visual Arts

  • Borderlands 2 (Gearbox Software/2K Games)
  • Journey (Thatgamecompany/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)
  • Dishonored (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Halo 4 (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios)

Last Year's Winner: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (Naughty Dog)

Personally, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for my stand-out game of 2012, the modest indie title FTL: Faster Than Light, which has been nominated for the Innovation Award and the developers, Subset Games are up for the Best Debut. Go on the little guys.

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