Bristol, Apr 2018
The Fourth Samurai tells the tale of some samurais, another samurai, a meteor that fell to earth, and a beautiful sword.
The room is clean, minimalist, brightly lit, and spacious. Beautiful decorations and very few red herrings make the game fun to play. The puzzles could have been harder, and there could have been a little more content to the room (we finished it as a pair with 1 new player and no hints in a little over half an hour) – but it’s worth playing for what there is, because what there is is fun!
Everything begins with a neat physical task that leads into the main playing area – and each step of the way, the puzzles and tasks intuitively flow to the next. There’s room for a little more feedback on occasion – we were a little confused about when we’d completed a couple of the tasks (or if a particular task was the one referred to in a clue we’d found), and what their effects were – but a little poking around after completing those particular tasks led to results pretty quickly!
Background music and sound effects play an important part in immersion, and the game’s atmosphere didn’t disappoint.
There’s a lot to recommend this room, despite its short playing time. Do play.