“Samsara Room” by Rusty Lake, Maarten Looise, Robin Ras, Victor Butzelaar, Louise Åhslund, Ruben Aldenhoven, Jialing Geng, Meg Furihata, Ida Birk Glenert, Giovanni Guglielmo, Anh Ha, Nina Kavelar, Taylor Kim, Jena Lee, Germán Michelis, Jakub Novák, Rafat Nowak, Ayşegül Özol, Estela Peixoto, Ksenia Slavshchick & Nicolas Thf.
“You find yourself in a strange room. There is a telephone, a mirror, a grandfather clock and some other odd objects you don’t recognise. It seems there is only one way to escape… [B]ecome enlightened.”
Saṃsāra is a core belief of many religions, Hinduism and Buddhism included. It is, generally speaking, the cyclic wandering between life and death, which makes it a theoretical fundament for the idea of reincarnations. For their fifth birthday, the popular game studio Rusty Lake published a free game called “Samsara Room” – oh, what a fitting choice for the title.
The leading motifs – time itself, the cyclic structure, life, death and transformation – always find their way into the puzzle design of “Samsara Room”. Once you found the shrine in the first room, you can give it a temporary ‘sacrifice’, which will allow you to go through a metamorphosis into a new form. And so an ordinary individual can become a fish in human shape, a reptoid, a worm creature, a feathered bird person or… The last stage is for you to figure out – but if you were attentive, you already know where this is going.
This game is a wonderful gift to the fanbase of Rusty Lake and surely will bring new people to play the so far published games of their fantastically crafted puzzle game series. If you love creative, rewarding riddles that will bring your synapses near an explosion and are into just the right amount of weirdness, then you should definitely play “Samsara Room”.