The Escape Game: Ruins – Forbidden Treasure

“Will you take on a treacherous temple for the chance to uncover forgotten riches? You’re on a relaxing aerial tour of a remote jungle when everything suddenly falls apart. You’re stranded at the foot of ancient and mysterious temple ruins – home of a massive fabled treasure. Adventure has come knocking and the treasure could be yours for the taking! Fortune favors the bold. Will it favor you?”

Game experience: EXCELLENT

The lockdown was the opportunity to play the newest room at The Escape Game remotely. As many of you know by now, there has been quite a few of those remote-games opening lately. A gamemaster acts on your behalf in the room, while you’re connected using some videoconference device. Here, an additional gamemaster will guide you and provide hints if necessary. On top of the video view, you have access to a dashboard containing a few important elements: a fish eye picture of the room you’re in, and photos of all important elements you have found and not used so far.

Of course, most of the puzzles are simplified, as you cannot solve as many puzzles remotely when there is only one person in the room doing all the actions for the whole team. Despite this, it is not straightforward – I’d rather say it’s a different kind of challenge! The company made a great job of adapting it in a remote version. But the most impressive was the immersion, which was overall very impressive, even from far away. So it must be flabbergasting if you are in the room!

If you’re in Nashville or another city where this game will open (I’ve been told New York should be the next one), you should certainly not miss it, as it will for sure be one of the best options you can find around. And I would recommend to anyone who is not planning to go to the US in a near future to play the remote version, as it would be a shame to miss this impressive experience!

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Very impressive animations and transitions between some rooms – you will feel like a (remote) Indiana Jones!

A large number of rooms.

A fun video to introduce you to your adventure.

A great variety of puzzles.

A very good adaptation for the remote version.

A fluid interaction with the two gamemasters.

It would be even more immersive if the gamemaster in the room would play a role, rather than just act like the remote version of yourself.

Performance: We finished the game in 50 minutes and 47 seconds. The gamemaster gave us a small hint at one point.

Difficulty: I would say it’s easier than the physical version of their escape rooms, but there will be enough puzzles to keep you challenged!

At the same venue:  The Escape Game has multiple venues across the US. I played Special Ops and Playground at their New York venue, and Gold Rush at their Chicago venue. Playground has more puzzles but less scenario. Gold Rush and Special Ops had more contrasted atmospheres unfolding during the game. All have great manipulations.

Elsewhere in the Escape Galaxy: Because of the atmosphere and the sophistication of the decor, it reminded me a bit of Tomb of Anubis in Montreal (the copy of the same mythical room at 13th Gate in Baton Rouge). The temple at Forbidden Treasure was not as massive as Anubis’ tomb, but the mechanisms actually worked, which made for an incomparably better experience!

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Game tested in June 2020 (Image and introduction text by The Escape Game)

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