Save Room is an organizing puzzle game that was released on PC in April 2022. Ratalaika Games ported it to consoles in November 2022.
*Disclaimer: A code was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review. This in no way affects the review as my thoughts are mine and mine alone.
Have you ever fallen in love with the Resident Evil 4 inventory management system and wanted a full game? Well now we have it with Save Room! Puzzles galore with a lovely touch of Resident Evil aesthetic. Even the title says the name of the game in the Resident Evil voice!
The game starts off a basic puzzle game where you try to fit everything in your inventory, a la Tetris style. This was fun when it was simple, but it got even more exciting when the puzzles started getting more and more complex. Not only will you be combining powders to make ammo, you’ll also be reloading your guns, or eating rotten food to be able to heal yourself up more with other items, just to save even more inventory space.
The music in the game was amazingly atmospheric as if I was right in the middle of a Resident Evil run. I know I’m making a lot of comparisons to the game, but that’s because it is truly based off of it and it’s amazing. As you get later into the levels, you’re able to start inspecting every item and every weapon in your inventory. This was a nice touch if you cared to really look at everything.
The one thing I didn’t really enjoy though is that in later levels, to be able to actually clear them, you’d have to reload EVERY weapons, or make sure you have full health. If you weren’t at max health you couldn’t finish a level, but it was easy enough to just use one. It’s when I would kind of forget how many bullets a weapon held, or even more annoying, how much a stack of ammo could hold and end up with one leftover bullet that I’d have to restart the level to get rid of because I didn’t do the puzzle right.
I do wish there was a little story in all of this. As it stands, all you do is go from puzzle to puzzle. You finish one, a screen closes and opens like a set of curtains, and then the next one is up. There’s no dialogue or reason for anything! It saddened me to just mindlessly go through all 40 puzzles. Though I guess it wasn’t too mindless considering I had to really think for some of these solutions. It was a nice brain workout.
- Great Resident Evil Homage
- Fun Puzzles
- No Story
- Ammo Needed In Every Gun
This was a fantastic puzzle game based off another game. I cannot recommend it enough for the fans of Resident Evil 4. But do be warned, it is rather short unless you really can’t get the puzzles down, but they’re awesome brain teasers at the end of the day!
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Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Fractal Projects
Publisher Website: Ratalaika Games
Publisher Socials: Twitter