“Summer is here! Well, almost… If you and your friends are going to leave for summer vacation, you’ll need your final report card. Here’s the problem, you haven’t finished your work and these assignments are unlike anything you’ve encountered in a classroom before. Luckily, you’ve got a great squad and everyone brings something different to the table. Band together to ace the ultimate group project. Pass or fail, you’re in this together!”
|Game experience: EXCELLENT|
|The Escape Game can be found in many cities in the US, and this is a very good thing, as their games are really awesome! Playground puts you in the shoes of 4th grade schoolers who have to complete all their assignments in order to go to a sport competition. The game involves many classical school topics (English, Art, etc.), the completion of each is indicated in a fun, immersive way. Don’t worry, you won’t feel you have to complete boring assignments in any way! On the opposite, all tasks are super fun, and the whole thing flows very smoothly.|
A funny introduction video.
A school environment with which you can interact in many ways.
A room that will for sure wake up your inner child!
The whole thing was very cohesive and went very smoothly.
A stimulating and immersive method to show your progression in solving the puzzles.
The variety of puzzles, involving both academic and physical abilities (but no external knowledge is required, even if some might make things slightly easier).
A transition between two rooms was super fun!
Very good parallelization of the puzzle tracks, enabling this room to be played by many players.
A friendly welcome.
The gamemaster enters the room before the adventure starts to explain a few details, which damages a bit the immersion.
Performance: Our team of two escaped at 30 seconds from the end (but I suspect that the gamemaster gave us some additional seconds), having used our 3 hints plus one or two small free ones.
Difficulty: The success rate is around 60%. The best time is around 25 minutes (hard to imagine given the number of puzzles) by a team of 4 escape room experts!
At the same venue: I played Special Ops at the same New York venue, and Gold Rush at their Chicago venue – but it is also available at their New York venue. Both Gold Rush and Special Ops have more scenario, but all have great manipulations.
Elsewhere in the Escape Galaxy: We played one week earlier another childhood-themed escape game with When the Clock Strikes Midnight at Amedaka in Granby (Quebec, Canada). Both are recommended for very different reasons: Playground has a larger and more perfectly polished setting, whereas When the Clock Strikes Midnight has a more home-made character.
Game tested in March 2019 (Image and introduction text inspired by The Escape Game)