Resident Evil 4's inventory tetris is a piece of game design that can be best described as "oddly satisfying". While the main appeal of the game is arguably gunning your way through the game's deadly scenarios and roundhouse kicking Las Plagas, there was plenty of fun to be had in cramming eggs into the spaces between your rocket launcher and your rifle. Or combining ammo with your pistol to free up more room.
So much so, that one industrious studio named Fractal Projects has decided to spin it off into its own separate puzzle game (as spotted by Gman Lives).
Save Room is a PC game (available on Steam) that essentially follows the same rules as Resident Evil 4's inventory management. You're given a bunch of items and asked to fit them all into an inventory grid made up of squares. You can rotate each object to better slot them into the empty spaces or use certain items like First Aid Kits or ammunition to cut down on the number of things you have in your inventory. It's a fun concept for a game and at £1.46 is a total bargain.
Funnily enough, Safe Room isn't the only game to spin out from Resident Evil 4's inventory that we came across. Beneath Gman Lives' tweet, an artist named @xZombieAlix also brought up a Resident Evil fangame called Resident Evil 4 Tetris for PC. This is a standalone Unreal Engine 5 game by @JTegh, with help from @xZombieAlix, that actually functions like Tetris, with different weapons and items dropping from the top of the screen and players having to clear lines to get a high score.
This game apparently started as a reaction to an April Fools joke from a user named FluffyQuack on the Resident Evil modding forum and reuses some assets from Resident Evil 4 VR. It's because of this, that you can download it for free. If you've ever been playing Resident Evil 4 and thought the inventory management would make a good standalone game, then there you have it, you're pretty much spoilt for choice.
Do you plan to check out either of these games? Comment and let us know!
I can't be the only be person who needed their inventory to not just fit but actually be organized, right? Nades over here, ammo neatly stacked there, healing items in this corner, oh, yes. Did that in games like Deus Ex, too. 😌
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