Fun iPad Games Like The Room and Myst

There's something about overcoming a massive challenge that adds an excitement level and sense of achievement that is simply not seen in more casual games.  This is the reason why Myst was so popular back in the early 90s and why the Dark Souls games have struck such a chord with role-playing fans.  The Room did this for the iPad.  A great, challenging game with few hints on how to overcome the puzzles, The Room forced us to use our minds to solve the game.

But it isn't just the challenge that sets The Room apart from the crowd.  It is also the beauty of the game.  It is the soundtrack, which is not quite haunting, not quite eerie and yet not at all Enya.  These little touches set the game apart.  And yet like all games similar to Myst and The Room, when it is done, it is done. Luckily The Room has spawned The Room 2 and The Room 3, but if you have gone through the sequels and are looking for the next great challenge, here are a few iPad games to download.

realMyst.

We might as well start with the free-roaming version of the godfather of all great puzzle games. The realMyst sequel to the best selling game of the 90's was a re-imagining of the original that put you into the 2D world, allowing you to explore it in all of its glory. If you loved The Room and never played Myst, this one is a must.

Machinarium.

It's puzzle-adventure meets Wall-E. This fun game has you playing the role of a robot that can squish his body together and stretch out, allowing you to solve unique puzzles.

Known for its high level of difficulty, this one isn't for those who want to run through the puzzles and breakneck speeds.

The Silent Age.

Unassuming Joe the Plumber is about to go on the adventure of his lifetime.. or perhaps two lifetimes. This time-traveling adventure game has you moving back and forth between 1972 and 2012 where mankind has become extinct.

A nice twist on the puzzle adventure game, this one really nails the 'present day' of 1972.

Shadowmatic.  

A beautiful game, Shadowmatic takes the Hidden Object game and turns it into a make-the-object game.  The game goes through a series of rooms that each have different lighting and challenges you to rotate strange shapes hanging in the middle of the room to cast shadows into a specific form.  

Puzzle House: Mystery Rising.  

More of a direct descendant of The Room than some of other titles on this list, Puzzle House is a must-have download if you are ready to relive The Room experience with a brand new set of puzzles.  The only thing Puzzle House doesn't have like The Room is locking you in a single room, but you'll get the same difficult puzzle-solving fun out of it.  

The Tiny Bang Story.  

A beautiful blend of hidden object gameplay and difficult puzzles to solve wrapped in a cartoonish charm suitable for a toddler, this is the perfect game to play with the family.  The puzzles may be too hard for an 8-year-old, but kids can join in the fun by helping spot some of the puzzle pieces that can easily blend into the environment, while adults will enjoy a challenging game.

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