Portland Escape Rooms: Madame Neptune’s Voodoo Curse

Game experience: VERY GOOD
Immersion4,5 stars    Puzzles4,0 stars    Hosting 4,5 stars
Plus Minus
The immersive actor play
The eerie atmosphere
Somewhat classical puzzles

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After my great experience at Portland’s Hours to Midnight in the morning, far east from the center, I went in the late afternoon in the opposite direction to Portland Escape Rooms on the far west – rarely had I spent 5$ on a bus day ticket so well!

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Portland Escape Rooms have a variety of games on different themes. Two of them piqued my curiosity: Steampunk Ship and Madame Neptune’s Voodoo Curse. The former was not available at that time, so I chose the latter.

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Have you ever wondered how close you are with the spirit world? Here at Madame Neptune’s we bring your fortunes to life, be they good or evil! You and your friends will have 60 minutes to explore Madame Neptune’s Cabin! Working together, navigating the spirit world and breaking the spell may be enough to escape… The Voodoo Curse!

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The introduction and guidance inside the room were very immersive, thanks to live actors. Some electronic-based effects simulated well the magic of the room. There was also an interesting scenaristic decision to make at some point in the room – something that is still too rare to my taste in escape games. The puzzles were somewhat classical but good. The game structure was well designed, with many puzzles that can be solved in parallel, and this game could therefore accommodate a group of six people appropriately. The hosting was of high quality, with very convincing acting both during the introduction and the game, and hints that were provided at the right time.

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Overall, this was a very nice game that you should play if you like having live actors in a room. There were three of us (the two others were beginners) and we exited with around 10 minutes left. This room should be perfect for beginners, and experienced players should like it too if they are not too picky about the originality of the puzzles. In case it is available when you’re around, Steampunk Ship is also supposed to have a sophisticated immersion with live actors.

Game tested in August 2018 (Photos 1, 3, 4 & 5: Portland Escape Rooms / Photo 2: Escape The World)

Other reviews: Escape authority, Escape room tips, Escape rumors, Room escape artist.

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