|Game experience: VERY GOOD|
|A full-motion room
The immersive introduction
|The gamemaster entering the room|
The Escape Artist is a recently opened venue in Seattle that boasts on having America’s “first full motion escape room”. Needless to say, I was very intrigued by this description, so I went to try this room during my Seattle trip.
“You and your friends won the sweepstakes for dinner and a night at the Le Renard hotel. The only catch is that your rooms are located on the 13th floor… What could go wrong?”
The full motion and another technological device created a wonderful and unique immersion in the elevator; as the game started, rather than rushing to solve the puzzles, I just wanted to “enjoy” the panic! Not all parts of the game are fully automated, which is a good idea, as you might otherwise get tired of it. The second part of the game was more classical in terms of decors and overall immersion.
There was a nice diversity of puzzles of all kinds, and the animation of the room definitely made the puzzle-solving more challenging at times. If you’re an escape room enthusiast, you will probably identify most of the puzzles relatively quickly, and if you’re a beginner, this will be a good introduction to the variety of puzzles that form the bread-and-butter of many escape rooms.
The hosting was of good quality, with the owner convincingly introducing us to the game as a bellboy, and giving us appropriate hints when we needed them. At some point, however, she entered into the room to give us a hint, which damaged the immersion – especially given the fact that we were supposed to have moved quite a bit since we had started the game.
Overall, the full motion dimension really brought a new dynamic (no pun intended) to the escape room concept. I really hope that we will see more similarly animated rooms in the future, as this could be integrated in quite a variety of scenarios: earthquake, angry spirits in a haunted house, turbulence in a plane or tempest at sea, etc. Whether you’re a beginner or an enthusiast who wants to discover a new dimension in escape rooms, and provided you don’t suffer from triskaidekaphobia, you have to play this room!
Game tested in August 2018 (Photos 1, 3 & 4: Pixabay / Photo 2: Escape The World)
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