“You and your fellow field agents were sent to investigate the area’s local market. It’s late, it’s quiet… but something’s not quite right. Just as you are about to wrap up your inspection, you encounter a twist you never expected. Should you have seen this coming?”
|Game experience: EXCELLENT|
|The Escape Game can be found in many cities in the US, which is great, as their games are really awesome! Although it’s difficult to chose, I’d say Special Ops is my favorite of all their rooms. There is a real scenario that unfolds during the game, and two very different atmospheres in the same game. The game uses an impressive variety of beautiful props that are very satisfying to handle. Among the best escape games you’ll find around!|
A real scenario unfolding, with regular videos during the game that put you in the center of the story.
The change of atmosphere half-way during the game, with a fun transition.
Very beautiful decor, polished up to the ceiling.
Satisfying manipulations with beautifully made props, both artisanal and hi-tech.
A nice variety of perception-based and subtle reflection-based puzzles.
Parallel tracks that make sure that everyone will be busy with something to do.
The puzzle in the last room have a great unity.
A very friendly gamemaster.
The gamemaster enters the room before the adventure starts to explain a few details, which damages a bit the immersion.
Performance: The two of us finished the game with one minute additional time generously provided by the gamemaster to solve the final puzzle, having used 3-4 hints.
Difficulty: The average escape rate is around 30%. There is quite a lot to do, and the puzzles are not obvious!
At the same venue: I played Playground at the same New York venue, and Gold Rush at their Chicago venue. Playground has more puzzles but less scenario. Gold Rush has more contrasted atmospheres unfolding during the game like Special Ops. All have great manipulations.
Elsewhere in the Escape Galaxy: If you like this room, you should also like Espionage at 5 Wits.
Game tested in March 2019 (Image and introduction text inspired by The Escape Game)