The 5 best iPhone games like The Room

Posted by Harry Slater on September 18th, 2018

The Room has had a massive impact on the world of mobile gaming. Not only is it a brilliant adventure, it also shows how the touchscreen controls on your iPhone can be turned into something far more elegant and tactile than just a bunch of buttons. But what to do when you've finished playing through all four games in The Room saga?

That's why we've written this list. So that when it's time to put The Room down, you're not going to have to go cold turkey. The games on this list aren't just clones though, they build on the ideas of The Room and throw their own into the mix as well.

Obviously if you've got your own suggestions, feel free to chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. And if you want to read more of the awesome lists we write on a weekly basis, you can check them out by clicking right here.

Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise - download for iPhone

This one takes a similar puzzle-solving route to The Room, but it wraps its levers and switches up in a gorgeous art style that screams of 70s subterfuge. You're playing a spt who needs to break into the house of an international terrorist and find out what's what. The story is gripping, the gameplay is great, and it's nice to play a game that doesn't just borrow everything its inspiration does wholesale.

Click here to read our Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise review

The House of Da Vinci - download for iPhone

This one's much closer to The Room series in terms of presentation. As you might be able to tell from the title, you're in the abode of Leonardo Da Vinci, and you have to figure out why history's greatest inventor has mysteriously disappeared. There's plenty of twists and turns in the story, and the gameplay mechanics are sharp enough to keep driving you forward.

The Last Express - download for iPhone

We're changing things up a little for the third entry in the list. While The Last Express is a classic point-and-click adventure, it certainly shares some similarities with The Room. For one thing it's in first person, and for another it's set in claustrophobic surrounds - this time a train rather than a room. It's got some intriguing ideas of its own though, so it's well worth hunting out.

Click here to read our The Last Express review

Returner 77 - download for iPhone

Where the other games on this list are mainly set in the past, this one is set in the dim and distant future. There are aliens, there are giant spaceships, and there's a whole pile of sci-fi babble to work your way through. You will though, because it's the good kind of sci-fi babble, and the puzzles that form the backbone of the game are strong enough that you'll want to see what Returner 77 has to offer next.

The Talos Principle - download for iPhone

This is a port of the classic first-person indie puzzler, and it works brilliantly on mobile. There's far more freedom of movement here, but your end goal is still solving the puzzles thrown into your path by the game. There's a really interesting story as well, and some of the design work that's gone into the challenges deserves to be played by as many people as possible.

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