The Escape Artist: 13th Floor

Game experience: VERY GOOD
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A full-motion room 

The immersive introduction

The gamemaster entering the room

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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?”

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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.

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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.

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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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