Oxide Room 104 from WildSphere is a hardcore escape room horror experience on PlayStation 5. Learn more in our Oxide Room 104 review!
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Oxide Room 104 from WildSphere is a hardcore escape room horror experience on PlayStation 5. The studio previously gave us the challenging 2D platformer Naught, 3D noire-style action platformer Timothy Vs the Aliens, as well as puzzle game Flying Soldiers, in which you command a group of birds to help them overcome the many obstacles and traps in their path. As you can see, a Rated M for Mature body-horror experience is definitely a different type of game from this indie team!
After being abducted, you find yourself inside of a bathtub in the titular Room 104, naked and wounded, now knowing how you ended up there in the first place. Your task will be to find a way to escape at all cost. You can do everything perfectly and escape from the motel, but odds are you’re going to die during your time with Oxide room 104… a lot. Every time you die, you return to the bathtub in Room 104, and things around the motel change. Items move to other locations, you won’t be able to access some rooms, and enemies will start to pop up all over the place.
The choices you make matter, and they will affect which of the endings you can get. Die four times, and it’s over and you’ll have to being a new run from zero. Complete the game without dying, or after dying once or twice, and you’ll get the other three endings for Oxide Room 104. Death lurks around every corner, either from freak accidents or at the hands of those that are hunting you down. You’ll have to search every room to find all of the items, resources, and keys needed to escape before it’s too late.
Since Oxide Room 104 is played from a first-person perspective, you’ll control Mathew with the left analog stick as you look around with the right one. Your inventory space is very limited. When you start, you will only have three slots to use. Once you collect your clothes, you’ll have three more slots to use – because pockets. Because of this, you should make good use of the storage boxes you find, so that you can store any of the items you won’t need right away. You can interact with objects with the X button, which will then open up more options for you to use something, or to open up your inventory to use an item from it. To run, press and hold down the R1 button. And to crouch, press the L1 button.
You need to be careful, because your actions will have consequences. Say, for example, that you decide that touching the huge centipede in Room 104 that is sitting on top of the room’s key somehow seems like a good idea. Doing this will make the centipede bite you, which will poison Matthew! The good news is that you can use an antidote found in the room’s bathroom to stop the poison from spreading. This is only an example of what can happen if you don’t pay attention and make some bad choices.
There will be some quick time events for you to work on as you try to survive through Oxide Room 104, which is why you should be on high alert at all times. You might need to squeeze through a tight spot to escape from one of the creatures that is chasing you, or you’ll probably have to press left or right on the left analog stick to avoid being bitten by the gruesome big mouthed entity that wants to take a bite out of you. Sometimes you’ll have to quickly press the L2 and R2 buttons over and over again.
Once you make it to the storage room, which is the third room in the game when you start a new run, you’ll find some very useful items that will make a huge difference. There are bandages to heal your wounds, another antidote in case you end up being poisoned, bandages to heal some of your wounds, as well as the most important items of them all: a gun and some bullets! While you can sometimes avoid the big mouthed enemies by crouching and walking slowly near them, other enemies need to be dealt with by using your gun.
There are several trophies to work on if you want to add a new Platinum trophy to your collection. The list includes 21 Bronze trophies, 4 Silver trophies, and 6 Gold trophies. Since there are four endings for Oxide Room 104, you’re definitely going to need to get all four of them for some of the trophies. There are also trophies tied to collectibles, so you’ll need to complete a run while grabbing all of them. Another trophy requires that you explore every room in the motel. Oh, and good luck completing the game without using any bullets! If you need some extra help, you can check out this Oxide Room 104 Trophy Guide.
If you´re a fan of horror games – with a dash of escape room antics – that lean into gore territory, then Oxide Room 104 is going to be right up your alley. The game’s grotesque enemies, eerie setting, and how your character is abducted for who knows what purpose means that this is a game that is going to rub some people the wrong way, especially given its Rated M for Mature rating. Oxide Room 104 is out on PlayStation 5 with a $29.99 asking price. There’s also a PlayStation 4 version available as a separate purchase for $24.99.
This Oxide Room 104 review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Wildsphere.