|Game experience: ENTERTAINING
|The large number of puzzles.
A very friendly team.
|A slightly classical room.|
A Game of Rooms is a venue located in Rocksville, a north-western suburb of DC north of Bethesda. It was born as a franchise of Panic Room, a Texas-based company, but became independent later. They feature currently three games. The first one, Escape Detention, is oriented towards teenagers and first-timers – it is quite popular e.g. for birthday parties. Prison Break is their most difficult room, and is recommended for 4 or more players. Because I didn’t know anyone in the DC area, I played Cabin Fever, which was the most adapted for a single experienced player.
This room features an original theme that I had never seen yet in an escape game: “A fierce blizzard has hit your secluded ski resort! So much for that relaxing trip… Caught in the snow, you and your friends were forced to take shelter in a nearby cabin. But beware! An avalanche warning has been issued! Can you find a way to save yourself and your companions? Or, will you succumb to the fury of the blizzard?”
The immersion is convincing, featuring a wooden ski cabin with various accessories. The gamemaster also dresses accordingly as a ranger. The puzzles are relatively classical though pleasant, involving mostly riddles and some item searching. Finally, the welcome and debriefing were super friendly, and the gamemaster gave me appropriate hints when I was stalling.
The difficulty of the game is moderate, but there were a lot of puzzles for a single player, and I failed the game – I would recommend to go there as a team of three experienced players of four beginners. Overall, this was a pleasant room, largely first-generational (though it involved a couple of more fancy mechanisms), and if you have played a few escape games, this should be a good experience to continue your discovery of the concept. I had the chance to meet the chief operating officer Andrew Ma after my game, a very friendly and energetic businessman who has plenty of ideas about how to continue improving his rooms and create new innovative ones. He made me a tour of many second-generation rooms that they are building, which involve a remarkable variety of themes. Escape games are still largely in their infancy in the DC area, but if you’re living there, you should definitely keep an eye on the development of A Game of Rooms in the future!
Game tested in July 2018 (Photo 1: Pixabay / Photo 2 & 3: Game of Rooms / Photo 4: Escape The World)
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